When developing your decor, we would all prefer that it was taken care of by the experts. However, if hiring a professional designer is not an option for decorating your home, it’s all the more important to research ways in which interior designers would apply their knowledge.

Think about those little accents of design and professionalism which work so well. To the untrained eye, it may be hard to see why, but with the help of experts to break it down, we have pulled together some basic principles to help. Some of which are measurable and others of which work but are subjective in the reason why.

So, whether it’s buying blinds in Sydney, or finding the perfect lighting to illuminate your abode, we’re sure to have some tips & tricks to help.

Window dressing.

When chosen well, blinds are great for providing multiple levels of light through the window. Depending on the material, your chosen blinds can let some light through, whilst also allowing you to open the blinds halfway creating a different atmosphere.

Blinds can then be paired with curtains to add a textured, layered effect; giving the illusion of depth. An insider trick here is to place your hanging rail approximately 2.5cms higher than the start of the window and extend the sides to approximately this length either side of the window, too. This will also make your window look bigger than it is, and in turn, make the room look more specious.

Design around your focal point.

What your room will be used for will inform what your focal point will be. Some rooms will naturally have a predetermined focal point. This could be a fireplace in the central of one wall, or a bay window with a view. Focal points are usually the things you are naturally drawn to, and are a good place to start when choosing your focal point.

However, if your room doesn’t have a focal point, we’ve got some handy tips from our professional friend on how to create one:

  • Decide the function of the room and choose a focal point around that desired function.
  • Use a signature colour on a key wall to create a focal point.
  • Use art to create a focal point.
  • Distinctive pieces of furniture could also create a focal point.

Once you have a clear idea of the focal point you will create, remember to keep this in mind when you are designing the rest of the room. For instance, if your artwork has flashes of red, try to bring red into some of the cushion threads, or flowers dotted around the room. This will help tie the room together and make it feel seamless and well thought out.

Design for eye height.

Another great rule of thumb is to design for eye level. This technique is great when considering where to hang artwork or mirrors. When you enter a room the artwork should be visible and pride of place.

Layer your lighting.

Layering lighting can also be a great way to create depth and warmth in a room. Lighting can be a mood changing and for that reason an area which should be invested in. Low level lighting is great when you want to wind down, whereas overhead lighting is just as important when you want to concentrate on the task in hand.

Design with negative space in mind.

The above techniques may seem self-explanatory, and designing for negative space sounds hard, but don’t fret. It isn’t nearly as hard as it sounds, and if you get it right, it can have an enormous impact on both the vibe and aesthetic of your rooms. The basic principle is to use what you have available to make a statement.

The three main things to consider when designing negative space are:

  • Be intentional with the space you leave.
  • Don’t clutter for the sake of it.
  • Create shapes with negative space.


While the idea of developing your interior decor skillset can feel daunting at first, it doesn’t have to be. While there are certainly more topics to delve into, we’ve hopefully given you a good introduction to your interiors. Good luck!


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