Interior design can be a tricky business. Even after years of experience, you can still sometimes end up getting things wrong. That’s why before you start trying to implement lots of weird and wonderful trends into your living space, you should first make sure that you’ve got to grip with the basics. If you jump ahead without understanding at least the basic principles, you could end up slap bang in the middle of an interior design disaster.



First and foremost, as well as being aesthetically pleasing, a room needs to be practical and functional, without being bland or boring. Now this balance can be tricky to master, and it can take a few goes to get it exactly right. So, whilst there’s nothing wrong with wanting expensive ornaments in your living space, if you have young children to think about, this may not be the best of ideas. A more sensible option would be to put some shelving up out of the kids’ reach, and use this to display your prized, albeit fragile possessions. The important thing is that you create a space that’s actually practical for your lifestyle.



They say that symmetry is one of the most important aspects of beauty, whether that be in the world of fashion, cooking or interior design. Just like you ‘eat with your eyes’ before tasting a meal in a restaurant, the first impressions that your living space gives is crucially important. So, take the time to make sure that everything is aligned in order to create an overall impression of harmony and balance.



Have you ever walked into a room and felt a really nice ‘vibe’ or atmosphere? Well, this is down to the energy flow and ambience of the room. In order to create this effect, you have to take some time to ensure that the color scheme and soft furnishings complement one another. Then you need to choose a style of furniture that’s going to support your overall theme.


So, if you’ve recently invested in one of the hugely popular Mirvac house and land packages, you may have decided on a country farmhouse theme. In which case, your best bet is to opt for traditional oak furniture. One of the key principles of interior design is that the devil is in the detail. So take some time to think about what type of theme or style will work best in your living space.



As with any trend, it’s important not to get carried away by blindly following whatever you see on interior design websites and in home and garden magazines. If you want your home to stand apart from the crowd, it’s essential to include plenty of your personality in your design scheme. If you have a penchant for loud colors and bright patterns, then great! It’s your home, so don’t be afraid to express yourself, and add your own personal twist to any trends that you do decide to take inspiration from.


Now you understand the basics, you’re ready to move on to the fun bit, which is giving your house the makeover it deserves!