Welcome to my 6 part interior design course! Over the course of six weeks, I’m going to teach you the basics of interior design; to enable you to piece together a winning decor scheme. The course will lead up to the Easter holidays. With the kids off school, it’s the perfect time to crack on with some DIY and decorating projects around the house. Follow this course, do the tasks each week, and you’ll be ready to decorate over Easter! If that’s a little too soon for you, don’t worry – we’ve crowned April as DIY month, so you can complete your decorating jobs then instead!
If you’ve completed Week One of the Interior Design course, then you’ll have a pretty detailed Design Analysis. This is essentially a brief, to ensure you know what you want your room to do, and who it has to cater for. If you’ve got your Design Analysis finished, then let’s move onto Week Two, which is all about finding your style…
Week Two: Finding Your Style
The next step in planning an interior design scheme is to understand a little about your style. A person’s individual style effects the colours, lighting and accessories that will eventually be used in the room, so it’s important to understand what your style is. That way, you’ll easily be able to to tell whether or not something ties in with the project or not, to produce a room that is just right for you.
You may come to find that you have more than one personal style. Most people do, in fact. In this case, you’ll need to identify the different styles, and choose the one that’s right for the room / project you’re focusing on.
Here’s an example: You’re decorating two rooms – the kitchen and the bathroom. You have two styles. You like bright, bold, tropical colours (vibrant greens and pinks), but you also like serene and soft palettes (gentle blues and off-whites). Since the kitchen is a place where we usually like to wake ourselves up with breakfast, the brighter, tropical colours might suit the kitchen better. Whereas the bathroom is a place where we like to relax and unwind – so the gentler palettes would better suit here.
I’ve created a task to help you identify your own personal styles…
This Week’s Task: Create A Scrapbook or Pinterest Board
1) Head down to Wilko and buy a scrapbook, or simply make an account on Pinterest and create a new board. Title the scrapbook / board ‘My style’ or ‘Things I like’. Now, flick through interior design magazines, or browse through Pinterest, and find interiors or accessories that you like – things that catch your eye – themes you’d like to have in your home. If you see a coastal-themed living area you love the look of, cut it out and stick it in your scrapbook (or pin it to your Pinterest board). Keep going, until you’ve got a decent collection of images built up.
2) Before long, you’ll see similarities between the pictures you’ve chosen. Try to divide yours into two or more styles.
When I did the task, I saw two clear styles:
‘Woodland’ – logpiles, faux fur, forest critters, wood effects, tartan prints, etc.
‘Tropical / Botanical’ – ferns, cacti, teals, greens, pinks, flamingos, etc.
Here’s the Pinterest board. I’ve highlighted ‘woodland’ pins in brown, and ‘tropical / botanical’ pins in pink.
3) Once you’ve divided your pins into different styles, choose one of them. For example, I’ll choose ‘tropical’.
Now, pick three words that describe your chosen style.
Some words you could choose:
Airy, masculine, eclectic, historical, street, urban, Californian, off-the-wall, conservative, light, in-your-face, extrovert, gentle, relaxed, rich, simple, exotic, tropical.
For my tropical style, my three words will be: ‘Fresh, natural, exotic.’
Bring your chosen style and three words with you to the next installment of my Interior Design Course, where we’ll be looking at choosing your colours!