Planning interior decorations projects can be a daunting task whether you have previous experience or not and it’s easy to lose track of the bigger picture. Budgets can spiral out of control, you can lose track of the character of your home and if you get too carried away with style experimentation in different rooms you can be left with a mix-match of colours and influence. On the other hand, without planning and attention extensions like conservatories can feel like ‘add-on’ rooms rather than a fully-fledged part of the home. So, how do you achieved a polished look that’s not so coordinated it leaves you feeling cold?
A Verandah Conservatory a great use of space
We recently spoke to interior design expert Jo Hamilton who gave us a few tips for keeping your décor feeling tailored but comfortable and the key thing Jo recommended was a sense of continuation.
“You don’t have to have them all the same, but it’s a good idea to have a sense of flow, using carpets or flooring,” Jo explained. “Keep the flooring the same throughout, you can have breaks for kitchen and bathrooms of course. Make sure those work, that there’s not too much of a stark difference between them. Make sure that they complement each other that they look good together.”
Jo also pointed out that the ‘continuous’ element between rooms didn’t need to be colour and of course an entire home full of different shades of greens or reds would probably be a bit overwhelming. Instead Jo suggests using referring colours – ones that create a harmonious scheme. Jo suggested this might involve carrying one colour element from room to room. For example you may have a red and green kitchen, then move into the dining room where your scheme is a lighter shade of green with a bit of yellow, before moving into an even lighter living room.
Jo stresses: “It just needs to make sense as you travel through the house.”
Of course, creating a theme and feeling of continuation in your home extends far beyond colour – it involves stamping your personality on your home and nurturing its own character. With this in mind Jo advises you run through the following questions before you embark on a project.
Six questions to pose before starting a design project:
1) What mood do I want to create?
2) How do I want to feel when I walk into the space?
3) Are there any issues I might come up against (eg radiators in inconvenient places)
4) Are there any features I want to enhance or hide?
5) How will I create layers of light?
6) How will I create a sense of flow between one room and another?
We hope you find Jo’s advice useful, have you got any planning tips of your own?