5 Basic Principles Of Interior Design

What do you usually rely on when deciding on the future interior design of your house or apartment? Are you guided by intuition or your friends’ experience? Or may be, you seek help of a professional designer? This article will reveal a few secrets that will help you decorate your house like a pro. You just need to learn a few crucial and at the same time very simple principles of the interior decor by SF Contractor .

When decorating a new dwelling or remodelling the current one, we always try to find the best colors, textures and decorations that would perfectly match each other and make home attractive and cozy. If you have ever decorated your home, you know how complicated and stressful this process might be, as choosing matching colors and accessories is a tremendous challenge. Perhaps the first question that pops up in mind is “what to start with?”. In fact, there are lots of other questions you need to answer to choose the right place for the pictures or a small rug, to choose ideal curtains that would perfectly match the coloring scheme of the room and so on. In this article we’ll try to answer the most common questions and give a few mathematical calculations that will make home decorating easier.

1. Draperies and Curtains


Curtains are used not just to prevent the excessive penetration of light into the room, they also guarantee immunity of your private life and make any room look more warm and comfortable. When deciding on the right size of curtains keep in mind that: the space between the window and the curtain rod should be not less than 5 cm, however the better option is to place curtains right under the ceiling; the optimal space between the side edges of the window frame and the curtain rod is about 10-25 cm, however the bigger this space is, the bigger the window will seem. The curtains look extremely elegantly if they touch the floor or even cover about 5 cm of the floor.

2. Paintings and Posters

Bedroom Painting

No interior environment looks harmoniously without paintings, photos or posters hanging on the walls. To choose the right place for the painting, measure 140-150 cm from the floor to the center of the picture or just place it at eye level. When hanging several pieces, consider them as one single whole – find its central point and do measurements relative to that point. The minimal space between the two neighbouring pictures is 5 cm.

3. Lighting

Room lightening

Different interiors require different types of lighting units and their placement. For example, the optimal height of a standing lamp is 170 cm; 150 cm is the lowest point for hanging wall lamps; spacing between the floor and the switcher should make 90 cm and space between the switcher and the door-frame should make 3-5 cm.

4. Furniture

Room Furniture

Perhaps the most difficult thing about interior decor is to place the furniture properly. So, this is how you should place furniture pieces: the optimal space between the sofa and coffee table is 145 cm, between the wall and furniture – 90 cm, 25-50 cm is a recommended space between the edges of the mat and the wall.

5. Colors

Colorful room

The basic colour of the room (which is usually the colour of the walls ) should make 60%. To make the basic color more vivid, use 2 additional shades (15% each) and choose one more bright accent that will take 10 percent of the whole colour scheme.

Of course, the given above figures are not dogma, but they will definitely make home decoration easier.

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