An inspired interior brings a WOW to your senses. You know a room makes sense, the minute you enter it because of the arrangement of elements in front of you. The colours, textures, shapes and design is enough to create a visual stir within you resulting in a fabulous sense of stylistic pleasure and appreciation.

Inspired interiors are well thought through and carefully conceptualized. They are characteristically devoid of any complication and clutter. Space, balance and harmony are key in beautiful and balanced arrangements.

The ease of simplicity is also easy on the eye and mind, which makes the “How To find your look” difficult to identify and list. But like many things, if you become conscious of how an interior space makes you feel, you will begin to understand the process of how interior design works. It can be a very personal thing and with practice, you too can hone an inspired look that suits you and works in your interior spaces. Sometimes you needn’t look further than at online interior finishes.

Here are key factors to consider when next attempting to achieve your signature look:

  1. Finding the right space

An inspired interior requires careful consideration and smart planning. Location is critical. An entrance hall or reception – the first insight to your interior – is often a good place to start. However, an interior with a good flow may lead you through the front door into a lovely open space, such as a lounge which offers a perfect area for an inspired look. I like to weigh heavy emphasis on what I call the space “in-between”.

What I mean by this is the approach or the lead-up to the inspiration.  An inspired space needs to be viewed – the viewer needs room to be able to stand back and appreciate it, in its entirety. It is essential therefore that the area chosen is one that has a natural and easy space in-between. This often a great place to show off your collection of lighting, perhaps glass or metal pendants?

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  • Balance  

In basic terms, balance refers to finding the right place for all your interior elements. Concepts of symmetry and asymmetry apply here, as well as grouping. This can sound quite intangible, but just be conscious of space arrangements when you see them and which ones work best for you.

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Also very important to consider is room size and furniture position. Room shape and size should always take priority over furniture choice. In other words, only choose furniture items that fit the space. Crammed or ill-fitting furniture will only look awkward and destroy any attempt to achieve balance.

  •  Harmony

This refers specifically to the relationship between the interior elements – how one element can be off-set (made to look better or be complimented) by another. Colour is a good starting point. For example, if a certain wall colour is able to off-set a grouping of framed pictures favourably, you would have created good harmony. Harmony is also created with texture.

A metallic accessory will usually vibrate well against a dark matt backdrop. Similarly, a mirror will bring energy & shine to a dim or dull space (so long as the view it reflects is an interesting one). A potted plant is a regular “go-to” for me. Indoor plants bring energy and are an easy way to harmonise a space.

If these concepts are confusing or difficult, I strongly suggest seeking professional advice. Just an hour or two spent with a trained interior designer/decorator could help you find the right Space, Balance & Harmony for your interior. Insist they start first with the items you do have before making suggestions of any new/replacements, but allow them to assist you in creating that beautiful & inspired interior.

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