Interior Styling 101

Interior styling is an art that can transform any space. By employing techniques such as using wicker baskets and metal trays to organize items or trunks and ottomans as stylish storage, an interior stylist can add the perfect finishing touches that transform an ordinary space into an extraordinary one.

1. Colour

Colour is a universal visual language and choosing different hues in a scheme can have immediate psychological ramifications. Warm hues tend to create feelings of welcome, comfort, and stimulation while cool ones provide respite and relaxation.

Contrasting a basic scheme with variations in tint, tone and shade adds interest and definition to furniture and decorative elements. Finding a balance between restraint and variation requires practiced judgement; there are no hard and fast rules here.

Colour can also help divert attention away from architectural flaws, making small rooms appear larger or low ceilings appear higher. Furthermore, colour can cover unattractive radiators or gable ends as well as draw attention away from attractive features like windows or doorways that could draw people’s eyes elsewhere.

2. Shape

Shape is essential in interior styling – be it furnishings, millwork or decorative accessories – especially in regards to shape. Geometric styles have become particularly popular because of how quickly they energize a room while walking a fine line between rigidity and sophistication.

Shapes also play an integral role in rhythm; their use enables an intentional and purposeful movement through space, leading the eye along an eye-path that feels natural + purposeful.

When it comes to designing, it’s essential that your interior stylist keeps up-to-date on industry trends in order to deliver a stunning finished product both technically and aesthetically. After all, your home serves as the backdrop to your life story; therefore it should reflect you well!

3. Texture

Texture is one of the most powerful weapons at your interior designer’s arsenal – adding texture can transform an otherwise bland space and give it some much-needed drama and depth. Texture can be implemented through different upholstery techniques (tufted or not), architectural components like crown molding, wainscoting or picture molding and even various upholstery techniques (tufted or not).

Pairing texture with color can create an eye-catching contrast and complement to support an overall design scheme. Rough textures tend to absorb more light, providing distressed, rustic aesthetic while smooth shiny textures reflect less for sleek, modern vibes.

Though it’s easy to recognize the significance of color palette and furniture choices in a space, texture should also play an integral part. Just as with other components in a scheme, texture needs to be carefully considered and integrated for maximum effect.

4. Lighting

Lighting can have an enormous effect on the colors and appearance of furniture, accent pieces, walls and floors in any space. It can also illuminate hidden nooks and crannies in a room, highlight features you might otherwise overlook, and draw focus to its most notable aspects.

Current lighting trends favor fixtures with striking designs that act as focal points within any given space. These fixtures may be either surface- or recessed mounted and provide instant visual interest for any room in your home.

Interior styling, design and architecture are essential fields to have in the home; however, they can often become confusing when hearing terms like “stylist” and “designer.” We hope that this guide helps clear up some confusion and lead you to finding an interior architect or stylist to help create your perfect space.

5. Space

Since 2011, the interior design industry has experienced rapid expansion. This explosion of options and niches has caused much confusion for those interested in becoming interior designers or simply expanding their knowledge about this field.

Styling refers to the practice of creating spaces with stylish features to reflect current fashion trends, while reflecting individual homeowners’ tastes and expression. Stylists specialize in this kind of “dressing”, similar to what would happen during photoshoots or events where models or actors require professional dressers for photo or event shoots or events.

Space planning is one of the cornerstones of interior styling. Finding an appropriate balance between positive and negative space is crucial; otherwise a room could quickly feel overstuffed and incomplete while too much positive space might leave an otherwise lovely space feeling empty and bland.

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