In interior decorating and design - if there is a rule - it's that there's never just one right answer!
Don't worry - in interior design, we are not cast adrift on the open sea without a paddle and sunscreen! There are critical tools we can turn to in order to avoid creating an expensive hodgepodge. But, decorating is not about getting it right. It is about pleasing ourselves, telling our story and creating a comfortable and welcoming environment. That being said, we just need a these three simple guidelines to jumpstart the process and avoid the big mistakes!
First and foremost, we can never go wrong when the scale is right! This kind of scale is our friend, creating balance and equilibrium for our space. To accomplish THAT, we always start with a floor plan that accommodates the function but respects the dimensions of the room as well - width, length and height! When I design a space, I make sure that the functionality is fulfilled and then vary the scale with some accessories to shake things up a bit and make them more interesting.
Secondly, we must respect our focal point. A fireplace, a window or some other architectural detail always provide a natural one. If there is no focal point, then by golly, CREATE one! And once that is done, build the rest of your space right around it.
And finally, repetition - repetition - repetition. Repetition gives balance to a room and helps create the cohesiveness that everyone is looking for. Repeat a color, repeat a pattern or include a pair of chairs or a pair of lamps. While I firmly believe in mixing patterns and textures, I know that repetition will unify a space and help the look you want hang together.
While getting a room that really meets your needs enables your self expression is simple, it certainly isn't easy. Calling an interior decorator might save you time and save you money. But believe me when I say that in interior decorating and design, there never is one right answer!