8 Essential Principles Of Good DIY Interior Design

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OK. Let’s say you’ve cleared a space, or a group of spaces for an interior design makeover that you plan on tackling yourself. It’s nothing fancy. You’re not going to tear out a wall or put in a firefighter’s pole (although, wouldn’t that be cool?). But, you do want the space to look great and communicate a certain message about you and your family, and what you value. That’s not really a tall order.

But, where do you begin when it comes to nailing down the basics?

Well, here’s a handy-dandy infographic of The Dos and Dont’s of Interior Design by the team at Creatively Different Blinds (thanks for the share, guys!) that can help you plan out the transformation of your space, while avoiding the pitfalls along the way.

Take a look!


Number 8 multicoloredLet’s take a look at each piece of the puzzle outlined by the graphic, shall we? To me, there are 8 essential principles of good DIY interior design to be understood. Here they are!

1. Using different textures – Variety is the spice of … well, you know. Our senses love to be stimulated by variety. It enhances our experience in a space overall. Using this basic, elemental fact when you’re planning an interior design makeover can go an awful long way.

2. Using accessories – It’s the little things that … arggh! How many cliches is this guy going to use? Anyway, sometimes it really is the subtleties that put the finishing touches on a space. And luckily, the details (throw pillows, curtains, a favorite art print, etc!) tend to be the least expensive too.

3. Understanding context – That’s why you get samples of the colors you like and bring them home, and not choose them in the store. Context is everything when it comes to communicating anything. This includes an interior design plan.

4. Understanding scale – When you’ve got a small art print or photograph, don’t let it flounder on a blank wall like a raft that’s been lost at sea. Make sure that you pay attention to scale to bring out the full potential of that smaller design element, maybe using other small pieces to add an effective focal point, relative to the dimensions of the wall you’re looking to decorate.

5. Understanding breathing room- You don’t want to go too far the other way, either. Make sure that your space has variety and a sense of scale, but also has a bit of room to breathe. Nothing can come to life if it can’t breathe. This includes your interior design plan.

6. Understanding pace – There’s no need to tackle too many rooms, too many projects all at once. Start small with a small space, and include some defining features there. Who knows? Maybe you’ll discover an effect you never thought of before. And maybe that effect can inspire you to apply it to another space. But, this kind of inspiration takes a sense of good pacing on your part.

7. Being open minded – Try stuff. Read up on the trends, and decide on the ones that resonate with you. Find out where those trends came from too; every artistic expression has its roots. Explore them!  Also, try a few things that are just outside of your comfort zone, too. You never know what creative vistas may open up to you.

8. Knowing your space – This is where the floor plan idea comes in. Every artist needs to know their canvas. Your canvas is your space. What are the possibilities? What directions might you be better in the position to judge once you’ve laid it out in front of you as a bona fide plan? Time to find out!

So, what are your own principles of planning a DIY interior design? And what have been some of your stories of success?

Tell me all about it in the comments section, good people! And thanks again to Creatively Different for sharing the above graphic.




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Rob Jones

Rob served as Editor-In-Chief of BuildDirect Blog: Life At Home from 2007-2016. He is a writer, Dad, content strategist, and music fan.