Why Canvas Prints Are Important in Interior Design Plan
How do professional designers achieve such seamless, perfect looks in the homes they create? You can do it too – you just need to learn the tricks of the trade. Here are 15 of the best. Tips provided by Parrot Print Canvas
1. Fill the holes
Want to make those walls look perfectly smooth and sleek? Check that the plaster is even, add more if necessary, and take the time to fill in small holes and crevices with Polyfilla – it makes a big difference to the final impression.
2. Tape it up
When you’re painting, use a light tape to cover the edge of the ceiling, cornicing, skirting boards or adjoining walls. This will prevent accidental smudges in the wrong places and create a much more professional look.
3. Use natural light
Think about when light will enter the room and from what direction. Pick colours that will make the most of it, and use mirrors and glass ornaments to scatter it around. Make sure it’s not blocked off by heavy curtains or furniture.
4. Work to a theme
Pick a set of two or three colours that work well together and structure your décor around them. You can do the same with simple patterns like stripes or pictorial elements like animals or flowers.
5. Control perspective with colour
Paint your ceiling one shade lighter than your walls to make a room look bigger. Remember that warm colours like reds make objects and walls seem closer, while cool ones like blues make them seem further away.
6. Absorb and reflect light
Use textures to make more of the light in your room. Heavy fabrics like velvet and wool absorb light and create a sense of cosiness, while silks and satins reflect light and make your room seem airier.
7. Draw focus with objects
A single striking object such as an antique bureau, an accent chair or a chandelier can dominate a room. Use such objects to create character, but never crowd them together.
8. Fix up your floors
Original floorboards are always a strong feature. If they’re in halfway decent condition, strip them, get them professionally sealed and then wax them once a year to create an amazing, organic feature.
9. Understand neutrals
Don’t assume you can use grey, white, cream, beige or taupe with just anything. These colours may be subtle but they’re not truly neutral. Often white reflects light too harshly, while brownish hues can clash with cool colours. Choose them carefully.
10. Warm it up with natural wood
Natural wood adds character and cosiness to any room. If the colour doesn’t work for you or you want to match different pieces of furniture, use wood stains that let the natural grain and variation of shade show through.
11. Cool it with metallics
Exposed steel pipes or worktops can bring a cool, classy character to kitchens and polished brass can look great in bathrooms. Use metallic paints for trimming, in alcoves or on small pieces of furniture to complement your dominant colours.
12. Lacquer, wax and polish
Adding a coating of lacquer to old furniture is surprisingly easy to do and can really bring it to life. Coloured waxes can restore scuffed areas and thorough polishing can help keep all your wooden items in prime condition.
13. Get creative with windows
Windows shouldn’t just be looked through – they should be seen. Don’t default to curtains without considering shutters or blinds. Don’t default to polyester when lush velvet or floaty voile could transform your room.
14. Learn to use patterns
Once you’ve got the hang of thinking of a room in terms of colours, take the next step and consider how patterns could fit it. Examine different patterns and see how lines and colours within them draw your eye in order to work out how to use them best.
15. Make classic styles work for you
Unless you’re going for a Bohemian look, don’t mix lots of different styles in one room, but consider combining two in order to create something uniquely yours. Alternatively, take a classic style and consider how it would suit different colours.
Getting to grips with these simple design tips can help you make your home look like a designer’s dream. Get creative and see what you can achieve.