Interior Design Tips for Beginners: Furniture Placement, Color Combinations

When furniture placement, color combinations, and other interior design choices are made by those without the proper knowledge, it can create a mess of problems. Luckily, learning about interior design isn’t as daunting as it may seem. These interior design tips for beginners will teach you how to create effective visual appeal and cohesion in any room.

Give Each Room a Purpose

Whether you’re staging a room for buyers or designing it after moving in, give it a distinct purpose. If the room has a purpose, you can make more specific design decisions that help enhance the attributes of the room in accordance with what you want from it. For example, designing a room that is going to be a home office won’t be the same as designing a guest bedroom or a gaming room.

Use Furniture To Fill Space—Not Create It

It’s very common for those unfamiliar with interior design techniques to push furniture like couches and chairs against a wall. The issue with this is that it creates empty space in the room. In some cases, this is fine, but only if you have a plan for filling in that space. You should especially consider filling in the empty space with furniture if you want the room to promote socializing. It’ll be tough to have a good conversation if you and your guests are sitting on couches across the room from each other.

Be Meticulous—Though Creative—With Color Choice

The color choice for each room comes down to personal preference but, with that being said, there are ways to use color to your advantage. This is particularly helpful when preparing your home for sale because, although you might want a bunch of random colors all over the room, most potential buyers probably won’t. There are a few methods for matching colors in interior design to achieve a vision that is both cohesive and creative.

For example, if you want a lowkey, professional look for a specific room then design it using neutral colors. If neutral shades like beige, white, or black don’t appeal to you, then you can consult a color wheel to find the right look for the room (or rooms) you’re designing.

Optimize the Lighting Arrangement

As far as interior design tips for beginners go, good lighting might seem pretty simple—you walk into a room, flip a switch, and the light pops on. With the right creative mind at the helm of an interior design project, lighting can become an incredibly beneficial feature as opposed to a simple, everyday amenity.

For example, installing a light dimmer will help you adjust the lighting to fit the specific mood you’re trying to invoke. Likewise, taking advantage of natural lighting through windows helps create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Allowing that Florida sunshine to flow in through the windows can do wonders for any room in the house.

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