1) Choose a theme you love.
When you’re ready to start interior design on a room, choose a theme you love. Don’t choose a theme just because it’s popular or modern - choose it because it lifts your mood and makes you feel good. Some great themes for bathrooms are “beach” “Disney” and “tropical”. Some great themes for living rooms include “African” “Jungle/Bamboo” and “Black and White”.
2) If you don’t want to decorate a room by theme, decorate by color.
Some of the most beautifully decorated houses are decorated by color theme. A bathroom with several shades of green and cream throughout the curtain, towels, carpets and accessories can make a world of a difference.
3) Build up your luxuries.
You don’t have to buy everything all at once. Concentrate on something you use every day that you would like to upgrade and start there. Little by little, start building up your luxuries and before long you’ll have the entire home designed just how you wanted it, without needing to take out a loan before you start.
4) Don’t clutter.
A clean and organized environment is peaceful and calm. Don’t clutter up rooms with unnecessary decorations everywhere. Get the basic decorating done and if you find some nice items in the future which match your design, buy them. But don’t buy every little thing that you think will fit into the room.
5) Be yourself.
When decorating your home, decorate it based on what you truly like and make it a space you will love to be in every day. One’s home is sometimes a place for guests, but when decorating make it how you want it, not how you think others will want it.
6) Choose colors that make you feel good.
When choosing colors for the walls or the interior decorations, choose colors which you like. If a light blue wall with darker blue décor throughout the room makes you feel good, then do it.
7) Think comfort.
A fancy chair may look appealing, but make sure you would be willing to sit in that chair at every dinner for the next five years. If a piece of furniture is cute but uncomfortable, forget about it. Accessories are made to be cute - furniture is meant to be comfortable.
8) Don’t always choose what YOU want.
You may the one decorating your home - but the room you’re decorating is not your room. Find out from others who will be using or sharing the space what they like. A child may want his room to be orange and white with tiger accessories all over the place and you may hate the idea - but remember that you want your child to like his room and to think of his room as a place he feels calm. So take the advice of others when decorating their areas - your personal opinion isn’t as important when it’s not your personal space.
9) Do what you can afford.
Don’t go into a home decorating store and buy every single thing that appeals to you. If you allocate your money correctly and only spend what you need to on home decorations, you’ll probably wind up with a house much more stylish than others, and with a lot less junk than others.
10) Always observe what others have.
Some of the best interior design ideas have come from those who always observed other peoples’ homes and constantly got more and more great ideas. Even if you know exactly what you want and how you want it, it helps to see pictures and samples of interior decorations sometimes.