Jobs change, friendships change, relationships change: but the one thing that remains constant in your life is your home. Your home is your little haven. It is that space that brings you comfort in solace on your challenging days; it is also the space that elevates your joy on the good ones. Hence, it is crucial to make your home into a place that you look forward to.
Every house differs in terms of interior styling. Comfort is essential, but aesthetics are important too. Your home should be a place where your mind is at peace. Whether it is big or small, we have the ultimate guide for you that tells you everything you need to know while decorating or redecorating your home to make it look just ‘Wow’!
Let’s get the basics right …
Seven Interior Design Principles to design THE PERFECT HOUSE
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of upgrading your interiors, you need to be clear with some interior design basics. Only after familiarizing yourself with these details can you understand what will look good in your home. So, let us get started!
You can understand the concept of balance in simple terms. If you enter your home and feel like everything has its own space and everything fits perfectly, it is a sign of balance. It feels visually sound, and there is a sense of calmness in that room.
When every color, texture, and space in a room is correctly distributed in a room to provide visual harmony, it is a sign of balance.
There are two ways to create balance in interior design: symmetry and asymmetry.
You can create a sense of balance in your home by arranging your furniture and decor pieces symmetrically. For example, in your bedroom, when you place your bed in the middle and a night lamp on each side, it represents symmetry. If you divide the room into two halves, then each half will be the other’s mirror image.
Believe it or not, but you can achieve balance in your home by asymmetry too! To create asymmetrical balance, you should use different decor items and furniture pieces. While these furniture pieces may differ, you should develop a sense of cohesion between them. For example, you can add elements that have similar height, similar colors, positioning, or you can use positive and negative space.
Have you ever entered the home of any of your friends or acquaintances and got bedazzled by a beautiful painting or a grand chandelier? The items in a room that act as the center of attraction comprise the element of emphasis. In order to understand this better, there will be certain items in your home that you wish to draw attention to and others that do not need to garner eyeballs!
You can emphasize a few special items. For example, you can use plastic chairs to accent your home and give emphasis. These objects can act as a focal point around which you can design the rest of your home.
In interior design, contrast is when two or more objects of opposing elements are placed together in a room. There are different methods to create contrast in interior design. You can add contrast by adding different colors, textures, and styles. We have a few examples of how you can add contrast to your home:
- Geometric designs vs. organic
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- Plain vs. Ornate
- Small vs. Big
When we talk about repetition in interiors, it refers to repeated design elements so that there is movement and energy in the room. You can apply rhythm subtly by placing in elements and objects that cause the viewer’s eyes to shift in a specific direction. Rhythm may be used by adding bold statements too.
Here are the five ways in which you can add rhythm to your home:
When you add contrast in your room, it adds rhythm. Contrasting shapes and colors can directly and very easily add contrast. You can add contrast in terms of textures of materials also. You can add a combination of plastic furniture along with silk drapes.
You can apply transitional rhythm to your home by ensuring that the viewer’s eye moves from one spot to another in an uninterrupted manner.
If you are creating rhythm through radiation, elements are repeated around one centerpiece or accent piece. For example, you can add a gorgeous circular accent table and arrange the rest of your around that one centerpiece.
Similar forms, shapes, lines, and patterns can help you to get a rhythm to your home. If you employ this method, your home will look much more cohesive.
Gradation is when the elements in your home change gradually from one end to another. For example, if you are using color, the elements will move from dark to light. If you are using size, you can arrange the components from small to large.
5. Scale and proportion
As the terms suggest, scale and proportion refer to the size of different objects in your room. When you compare an object to other things in the room, it is termed scale. Proportion is when you compare specific parts of a decorative item to its other parts. This is a crucial factor in interior design. For example, if your home has high ceilings, then your furniture and decor items should not be short and stout. They should also be high and tall.
Similarly, for a short-heighted room, the decor pieces should be low-leveled. If your room is small, then adding a large chandelier or a painting will look tacky and out-of-place. Hence, it is essential to assess your home’s dimensions and size before bringing in decorative pieces.
The decor in this room seems scarce when compared to the height of the room.
On the other hand, when you look at this room, there is a sense of cohesiveness as the objects’ size seems to be well proportionate to each other.
6. Harmony and unity
Harmony in interior design refers to when all the different elements in your home come together to form a cohesive look as per the desired theme or color palette. For example, if all the decor items in your home come together to create the Bohemian aesthetic you desire, it will be a sign of harmony. Unity refers to the repetition of elements to create a harmonious interior. You can’t add neutral shade bohemian items with loud/ bold wall color, making everything stand out and create a chaotic look.
These two aspects are crucial for a beautiful home. If your home does not have harmony and unity, it will look messy and tacky.
Look at this living room. It has harmony in the color scheme and also in terms of decor style.
As opposed to that, take a look at this living room. It has no cohesiveness in terms of colors or objects. It looks confusing and messy.
After taking care of the significant interior design elements, it is also crucial to pay attention to the finer things and details. For example, the floor mat in the room should be in sync with the rest of the decor, or the small decorative piece on the self should go well with the rest of the items.
If you ignore the details, your home may appear unfinished. Here are the different types of details that you should pay attention to:
- Lighting accessories
- Ceiling designs
- Color coordination
Can you spot any intricate details in this beautiful cozy room? Let us know in the comments.
Check out this super helpful video by Zahira Cury, Architect and interior designer, and founder of the Online Design Magazine “D.Signers,” where she addresses the top 7 interior design mistakes you should avoid while designing your dream home:
Top Interior Design Styles
There are probably hundreds of interior design styles in the world. Interior design styles have developed across eras and different geographies around the globe. However, there are a few super popular among these hundreds. Let us check them out:
Modern is a broad word for architecture that usually refers to a home with clean, crisp lines, a simplistic palette of colors, and the use of aluminum, glass, and stainless materials. In any aspect, including furniture, the modern design employs a sense of simplicity.
At its heart, postmodernism is an effort to break away from modern designs’ realistic, muted, and frequently impersonal approach. Instead, the unconventional, the flashy, and the strange are praised by postmodernism. One of the most characteristic traits of a postmodern aesthetic is uniquely-shaped furniture. If this is the style of your choice, look no further than plastic furniture. Check out this wide range of plastic furniture to fulfill your postmodern aesthetic dreams!
A lack of form distinguishes Bohemian interior style. With this style, you are opting for carefree layers of pattern, texture, and color. Its intimate and comfortable style is the essence of the bohemian aesthetic. This style is also characterized by unconventional furniture such as wicker chairs, plastic chairs, plastic tables, etc.
A rule-breaking, intimate, and exotic style of decorating a living room is the Boho style. Boho is influenced by individuals, including frequent tourists, performers, and authors, who chose to lead an unorthodox life.
This interior design style is characterized by simplicity, clean lines, and monochromatic color palettes. It usually integrates a comprehensive floor plan, plenty of light, and practical furniture, and it focuses on the form, color, and texture of only a handful of components. It is a style approach that is characterized by decorative austerity.
When you talk about industrial interior design aesthetic, it is the aesthetic style that takes clues from old warehouses and industrial spaces that have been transformed into lofts and other living spaces in recent years. It insists upon the usage of distressed wood components from the turn-of-the-century industrial period and exposed bricks. This style looks like it will burn a deep hole in your pockets! But that isn’t true. You can achieve this stunning aesthetic by using some plastic furniture. Add a few minimalist plastic chairs to add to this rugged industrial vibe!
If you wish to explore more interior design styles, check out this blog here on interior design styles through the decades.
1. Warm and Cool Colors
Colors can be divided into two categories:
I. Warm Tones
Shades such as red, orange, yellow are referred to as warm colors. These colors are bright, vibrant, and dynamic. On the other hand, slightly neutral colors such as brown and tan can also fall under warm tones. Warm tones add energy, power, and vibrancy to your space. Therefore, these colors are best suited for entertainment places such as your living room. One way to add warm tone elements in your home is to add colorful plastic tables or chairs to spruce up your space within a budget.
II. Cool Tones
Shades such as blue, green, purple, and grey fall under cool tones. These colors generally emit calming and soothing vibes. These are best suited for spaces that need to be more relaxed. Cool tones are ideal for bedrooms and home offices.
2. The 60-30-10 Rule
According to this rule, you will choose three primary shades for your home. 60, 30, and 10 are the percentages in which you can use these colors. The 60 shade is naturally the dominant one. To make your home more aesthetic, you should use a lighter and more neutral shade for this color, as this generally serves as a base. The color which will constitute 30% of the space will be slightly bolder, and the third color will be the accent color. You can use fun and eccentric colors for the 10% shade.
3. Complementary and Analogous Colors
Complementary colors refer to colors that sit exactly opposite to each other on the color wheel. In your interior design, you can use complementary colors to accentuate the contrast between the two colors.
Analogous colors are those that you see next to each other in the color wheel. If you are confused about what kind of colors you can choose for your room, you can use analogous colors and opt for a monochromatic vibe in your home.
Check out this fun and detailed infographic on the colors of interior design:
Check out this blog, If you wish to learn more about how colors and other aspects can affect your mood
Now that you know all about the design basics and color schemes, let’s dive into the HERO of your house- Furniture and understand how to select the right furniture for your home!
All about Furniture!
1. Select an interior design style/ aesthetic for your home
Do some online brainstorming and analysis on some aesthetics or concepts you absolutely enjoy. The first thing to do is to get on Pinterest and create a mood board as per your desired theme and the color palette. Realize that you can or may not be able to re-create precisely the aesthetic you want. However, you can recreate something similar or better. Add all the ideal furniture in your mood board to check if the furniture is cohesive with the other decor elements.
2. Study all the items you want to keep vs. the ones you want to get rid of!
Even if you are refurbishing your entire interior, you don’t need to throw everything away. You can keep certain things if they match your new aesthetic. You can also upholster or upcycle some of these items to suit your unique style.
However, if these items do not bring you any joy or are not useful at all, it is best to throw them away.
3. Choose the right fabrics and Materials.
The last suggestion is to be mindful of the materials and fabrics you use for the furniture. You would want to pick fabrics that are easy to wash, sturdy, and can bear the test of time if you are a family of kids and maybe more kids on the way. A formula for failure is a white couch with puppies and toddlers. However, since they are highly sturdy and washable, a microfiber sofa is a perfect choice.
We will now take you through a detailed guide into how you can select the right materials!
Let’s talk about choosing the Right Materials!
The right material for your home has a massive impact on overall interior decor and style! Wrong materials can make your home look tacky and leave you uncomfortable. Your materials will also depend upon the style you choose.
Here are the different types of details that you should pay attention to:
1. Fixate upon a specific style and vibe for your home.
2. Make a budget and narrow down this budget according to your style.
3. Fixate upon a specific style and vibe for your home.
4. Make a budget and narrow down this budget according to your style.
5. Select the kind of texture you want for your home.
6. Decide the geometry and the layout of your space.
7. Think about whether a particular kind of material will be functional for your home.
While there are thousands of materials to choose from, there are a few common materials with which you could never go wrong.
Whether it is indoors or outdoors, wood can be used as a design feature to complement any theme or design style. Envision it on your floors, walls, ceilings, patios, and accessories in your house, in addition to the sturdy, classic charm of fine wood furniture. The only problem with wooden furniture is that it needs to be maintained, cleaned, and polished every so often! Wood is also the most robust building material on the planet in terms of its weight.
Granite is synonymous with surfaces in the kitchen. This igneous rock comes in various shades. The speckled look it provides to kitchen tops is part of its style appeal. Typically, you’ll see pink, white, or gray tones. Because of its natural look, it’s favored in kitchens. Granite is most often used in building as a very robust and durable stone.
Using it in tiny spaces rather than wide ones, such as a corridor, is a good idea. For your bathroom, you can also get granite vanity units. To add some sophistication without flooding the room, stick to lighter tones in the bathroom.
Silk is a very versatile natural fiber, one of the best ones. In a bedroom, this material adds grace and elegance. It adds to space some beauty and refinement. You can also upholster some of the bedroom furniture using silk. Steer clear of using linen in the dining room, with silk screens or pillow covers instead of a lighter, more comfortable feel in the bedroom.
Plastic is one of the most popular materials today, particularly in Asia. Plastic is affordable, flexible, colorful, sustainable, and quite stylish. It is the best material to make furniture. You can also use plastic furniture for multiple purposes. These are the trendiest items that you can use extensively in your home. You can use plastic chairs and plastic tables anywhere in your home.
Plastic furniture is highly durable too. If you buy a set of plastic chairs, they will last you for several decades.
The best thing about plastic furniture is that they are available in versatile styles and shapes. Also, most plastic furniture items are almost 100% recyclable. Plastic furniture is also relatively low-maintenance.
If you want to spice up your home with plastic chairs, take a look at this blog on the ultimate guide to buying plastic chairs
Space is the Key!
Arranging your space in the right way can change the entire appearance of your entire room! We have a few tips for you to check out on how you can arrange your space.
Step 1: Get the Measurements of Your Room
It is essential to know the area and the measurements before deciding the details and specifics to add to your room. Measure the space and mark out a plan of where you will be placing all individual items.
Step 2: Select a Focal Point
Select an accent item or a centerpiece that will be the attraction for your room. You will arrange the rest of the design around this centerpiece. This center point could be a chandelier, an accent plastic chair, or an antique decor piece. This accent piece will help to set the mood and tone for your place. This piece is also the first thing people will notice when they enter the room.
Step 3: The Traffic Flow
One more important thing you need to keep in mind while arranging your furniture is to ensure that your room’s traffic flow is smooth and unhindered. Traffic flow refers to the negative spaces on the ground in a room on which people walk around. If there are many on-ground obstructions, such as too many furniture items, it can be inconvenient and irritating.
Step 4: Proper Usage of Space
There are two kinds of space in terms of interior design: positive and negative. Positive spaces are the rooms’ occupied spaces, such as spaces that contain furniture or decor items. Negative spaces are the empty spaces that remain unoccupied. For a perfect home, you need the right balance between positive and negative spaces. If your home has too much positive space, it will look cluttered and tacky. Too much negative space will make it look empty and incomplete.
Check out our blog, To know more in detail about how you can arrange your interior items correctly
What to do about your decorative items?
As we discussed previously, the details are crucial in designing a home. Once you are done painting your walls and adding your furniture pieces, there is still a LONG way to go! You need to add knick-knacks and accessories to give your home the perfect finish.
The small items that change the whole look of your home are accessories. The finishing touch is accessories. It’s the sparkle and the stuff that offers a fully finished look to your room. It should be fun to add accessories, but we have found that accessorizing is challenging for many of you.
For this section, we have some exciting tips for you!
- Ensure that you always use things that make you happy and improve your mood.
- Be sure to keep in mind scale and balance. A tiny decor piece will look strange and awkward next to a big lamp.
- Focus on mixing the products’ shapes and measurements.
- Do not add items that are entirely out of the theme.
- Try not to deviate from the color scheme of your room.
- Ensure that all your decor pieces are perched atop safe places and not in corners where they can get easily knocked over.
- Odd numbers of objects tend to look better together rather than even numbers.
- Layer your objects. Do not add everything in a single file or bundled it in the same place.
- Try combining natural and artificial items to create an even combination. This item could be anything from a beautiful piece of driftwood, a fruit bowl, or some new flowers. High-quality fake flowers are an excellent choice if appropriate, too. You can add this decorative piece to your favorite plastic table!
Now let’s walk into each room and figure out the important elements and aspects that you should keep in mind while designing.
Let’s Start with your Living Room
Your living room is the room that people first see when they enter your home. It sets the first impression of you in front of your friends and acquaintances. Plus, it is always pleasant to come home to a beautiful home after a long, hard day.
To decide the layout of your living room, first, you have to assess the size of the space. Then you need to create a plan which leaves ample space for traffic flow. You have to decide how much space you wish to allocate for seating, tables, and decorative pieces.
2. Central Accent Piece
The central accent piece will be the first thing people notice when they enter your home. It can be a chandelier, an accent plastic chair, a plastic table, a mantelpiece, or anything at all! You need to ensure that this piece is charming to look at but also utilitarian!
Can you guess which is the accent piece in this living room? (Hint: it is the first spot your eyes go to!)
The living room walls play a vital role! You can incorporate an accent wall with wallpaper or add a texture. If you add one accent wall, then you should leave the rest of the walls plain and subtle.
Seating is crucial when it comes to the living room. It is the space where you relax and unwind. It is also that room where your guests make themselves comfortable. Your living room should have ample seating, and it should be super comfy too! If you are looking to decorate your home with, you can check out this unique plastic chair that is a perfect blend between a chair and a sofa!
A little bit of greenery can add so much freshness to your home! You can add small cacti or big leafy potted plants to your home. Most plants have bright colors, and therefore you have to select a color palette that accommodates the colors of the plants.
6. Choosing the Right Accessories
You need to choose classy and elegant accessories for your living room. You can add chairs, recliners, rugs, curtains, candles, throws, artwork, and other knick-knacks for your living room. Do not make this space too cluttered by adding too many accessories. Select the ones that go with your overall theme and style.
If you have a mantelpiece, there are some rules to decorate that too! Check out this infographic by Buzzfeed:
Living rooms also serve multiple functions, so you’ll want lighting that can quickly be adapted for relaxed, fun, comfortable movie nights and other events. A good alternative for living areas is versatile track lighting since it can include ambient, mission, or accent lighting such as grand chandeliers.
Let’s move on to the Bedroom!
The master bedroom is the heart of any home, and it often reflects your personality. Everyone needs to have their little piece of heaven on earth, and you can make your bedroom a comfortable space for a tranquil and serene escape from your day-to-day life.
We have a few ideas for you to make your bedroom a perfect combination of luxury and relaxation:
1. Establish a mood
Your room should match your inner vibe. If you are a quiet person, you should pick a calmer aesthetic for your room. If you are a vibrant and outgoing individual, you could incline towards a theme that does justice to your vibe.
2. Choose relaxing color
It would be best to choose soothing tones of your preferred color instead of picking an electrifying shade. Soft, cool, or neutral colors make the room look more spacious and keep the atmosphere serene, which will induce a sense of calm.
Having a bed with a headboard is right for your sitting posture, plus it gives your room an instant elegant vibe.
4. Bedside symmetry
Maintaining symmetry in your decoration uplifts the character of the room automatically. It looks more polished and classy, and sub-consciously gives more mental satisfaction to people. Add two minimalist plastic tables on either side of your bed to give it a polished and unique look!
Using lighting, you can completely change the mood of any room. We suggest you keep the master bedroom lightings on the mellower side and not too harsh. Two bedside lights would do the job correctly, and based on the room size, you can add a couple of more light sources in your room.
Curtains give a physically pleasing element to the room and also keeps the room cooler. Pick graceful drapes to match your room’s aesthetic, either by complementing the color palette or matching them using other shades of the same color scheme, and see your room jazz up instantly.
Cooking up the design for the Kitchen
You must have come across stunning kitchen makeovers and the before and after versions! An essential quality of a kitchen is utility. If it is not useful and perfectly organized, there is no use in it looking gorgeous. Let’s check out all the factors you should look into to design your perfect kitchen interiors.
Your kitchen should have ample storage space. It should have enough cabinets, drawers, and storage units to store all your food and ingredients. If you have storage concerns, plastic crates or plastic storage bins could be an excellent option for you!
2. Counter Space Arrangement
You should arrange your counter space in a way that it serves as both storage spaces, but 60% of it is left empty. You need to keep the most important or frequently used items on the kitchen counter, and maybe some decor items! The rest of the counter should be empty for when you need to do the cooking!
3. Kitchen Accessories to Make Your Life Easier!
You can add some fun kitchen accessories such as high chairs or plastic stools to make it function as a small bar too. For some functional and aesthetic accessories, you should check out this plastic trolley by Italica.
4. Self Organization and Display
Putting them on full display will bring character to your kitchen, whether you collect white porcelain mugs or blue and white patterned serving dishes. To make a kitchen feel larger and lighter, replace upper cabinets with floating shelves. Since you can never have too much room, stash bulky appliances behind a sliding cabinet door, like stand mixers.
5. All the Right Colors!
You can add bright hues or darker ones, depending on the style you opt for. You can choose to use colored tiles for the flooring or printed tiles for the kitchen walls. Alternately, you can use dark shades for your kitchen counter!
Work- From- Home space
Owing to 2020, our homes have become our workspaces. Yet there is a way to make this space fun and professional at the same time!
Your workspace/ room should be located in the quieter corners of your house. It should be a safe distance away from the hubbub and commotion. The quieter the space is, the more productive you are likely to be!
Natural lighting is always the ideal choice when it comes to working! However, you may also have to work in the evenings and at night! Make sure you use bright and focused lights in your workspace when it comes to using artificial lights.
Your workspace furniture should be ergonomic! It should enable you to be comfortable so that you are focused on being productive. Our recommendation is Italica Spine Care Chair, a gorgeous and stunning plastic chair that gives you the ideal posture owing to its excellent lumbar support.
Make sure that your workspace has a proper mix of neutral and bright colors. Neutral colors prevent you from getting distracted. Yet, some pops of bright colors help to lift your mood up!
For a detailed insight into how you can create the ideal work from home space, check out this blog: https://italica.com/an-ultimate-guide-to-setup-a-work-from-home-space-with-ergonomic-chairs/.
The Lavish Garden/Patio Design
What better place there is to relax than your garden or patio?! You can sit and soak the sun or watch the sunset in the evening. Yet to make the most of your garden space, you need to decorate it a little!
1. Seating Arrangement
Your garden should have some necessary seating arrangements. For your garden space, plastic chairs are the ideal choice for you. Make sure there are plenty of plastic chairs in this space to fit your entire family during barbeque evenings! You can also add a central plastic table to optimize the space furthermore. You can also add a fun plastic sun lounger to soak the sun in winter mornings.
2. Decorative materials
You can add some accessories to your garden to make it look a little more classy! You can add small foundations or ornamental decorations to spruce up the space!
When it comes to your patio, the choices are endless! You can opt for bright and vivid colors or whites and neutrals! Both the options are excellent, depending upon the style you are going for! If your style is minimalist or vivid, check out Italica’s plastic chairs and tables to give your patio a perfect look!
While we are at it, you can also check out this amazing video on useful gardening hacks by 5-minute decor.
Styling With Italica
Is budget your primary concern while sprucing up your home? Well, Italica is right here to rescue you with super stylish, high-quality plastic furniture at affordable rates.
Whichever room you are looking to decorate, plastic chairs are an excellent option for you. Plastic armchairs work well for any of your rooms, whether it is adding a bit of color to your living room or to spruce up your patio! You can add plastic chairs to your kids’ room or your workspace too! When it comes to the blend of style and comfort, our plastic chairs give you the ultimate combination, regardless of which interior design style you opt for!
If you are looking for some eccentric seating, check out our plastic sun lounger too. It will be the perfect match for your patio, but if you are feeling experimental, you can add indoors also!
You need to add some spicy yet stunning plastic tables to accompany your seating arrangement! You can add a plastic table as the centerpiece in your living hall or two plastic tables as side pieces on either side of your bed in the bedroom! A plastic table will be an excellent addition to your patio as well when it’s coffee time in the evening or maybe a barbeque night!
You may get bored of traditional chairs and couches! To spruce up your room’s seating, you can add a few Italica plastic stools! Add them to your living room or your study area just to spice the space up a notch! Additionally, you can add plastic stools to your kitchen counter to create your own home mini bar!
Envision this: You have thrown a lavish party in your home wherein all your friends and acquaintances have arrived. The night is young and full of energy. Yet, there is the task of passing around food, condiments, and beverages. Imagine the hassle of carrying around a tray, dodging people, and the whole stress of it! You can avoid all that by merely adding a plastic trolley as your kitchen accessory! With this, you can pass around food and beverages quite easily.
Even on regular days, this compact plastic trolley will act as an additional storage space. And let’s admit it, it is quite stylish too!
We hope you found this blog fun and useful! If you are reading this right now, it is a sign for you to upgrade your home! So, follow our tips and get the decorating started!
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Have a happy home!