How to Choose an Overall Interior Design Scheme for Your Home

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While most homeowners want a house that has a distinctive design scheme, it can be difficult to toe the line between a cohesive look and a kitschy theme. The following design tips will help you choose an overall interior design scheme for your home that reflects your personal style while creating comfortable, creative, and cohesive spaces.

Pick your color palette

Choosing a color palette for your home allows you to have color variation on the walls – without the jarring visual effect that too many bold colors can have. Start by choosing a color for the largest or most centrally located room; for most homeowners, this is either the kitchen or the living room. If you have a room where you have a bold color in mind, start there; the neighboring rooms should have toned down versions of the brighter colors.

After you’ve chosen a color, simply build from it; go up or down on the same paint swatch sample or choose a nearby color. Likewise, have the same color mixed at the paint store with slightly more white for a lighter shade. Doing this assures that your paint colors will go together while still avoiding painting the house a single color.

Decide on a theme

A design theme for your home can reflect your personality, style, and interests. While there is nothing wrong with using more than one theme in a home, each room should not have its own theme. Likewise, rooms should also include neutral pieces. Whether it is furniture, artwork, or accessories, having neutral pieces along with themed décor can provide a visual resting place for the eye and minimize the chance of a design theme looking cheesy.

Design themes don’t have to be obvious; for example, a home done in the Spanish Mission style isn’t required to have terra cotta tile and white adobe walls in every room. Instead, a theme should create a feeling of continuity between spaces while reflecting your personal style.

Follow the rule of three

When decorating a room, a good rule of thumb is to follow the rule of three: a room should have three pieces that reflect the theme. Limiting it to one or two can leave the décor seeming random, while overdoing it with four or more can feel kitschy.

The rule of three shouldn’t just be applied to accessories; as a general rule, the three themed pieces for a room should include a fabric print, an art object or accessory, and a color. For example, a nautical themed bedroom could have light blue walls, anchor printed bedding, and framed nautical charts on the walls. Utilizing the rule of three conveys a clear sense of the theme without going overboard.

No matter what interior design scheme you choose for your home, the most important factor is that you feel connected to it. When you’re passionate about your home’s design, it brings the spaces to life; without it, it’s merely décor.

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