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Interior Design Basics

Do you want to learn more about interior design but don’t know where to begin? Let’s talk! We have compiled a short and sweet list of the basics of interior design and outlined how to get started.

Discover color theory, design principles, and styling.

Interior Design vs. Interior Decorating

Interior design and interior decorating are often confused with one another, but they are not the same thing. A career in interior design requires special education and formal training, including space planning, furniture design, and architecture. There is no formal education for an interior decorator, who is more interested in the aesthetics and surface appearance of a room. Your choice of who to hire depends on whether structural work or space planning needs to be done or whether you only need a planner to do the decor.
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Color Theory and Design

Color theory is the science that underlies how colors are processed and interpreted. It includes different types of color combinations, proportions of each color, and specific recommendations for color usage. It is best viewed as a base for understanding colors in general, since each of us will interpret colors differently based on our experiences in and sensitivity to different interior environments.

The color wheel is composed of three primary colors: blue, yellow, and red. Mixing these colors creates green, orange, and purple. These colors are called secondary colors. When you mix secondary colors with primary colors, you get six tertiary colors, such as blue-green and red-orange.

The addition of black and white changes the shade and tint of these twelve baseline hues, leading to a whole host of design decisions.

Research suggests that different colors can effect mood, behavior, and emotions. This is called color psychology.


One of the more advanced aspects of interior design is mixing patterns. Patterns need not match, but they need to complement and coordinate with one another. The three factors to be considered are color, scale, and size.


Our spaces come to life with furniture. When done correctly, it enhances one’s personal space and creates a distinctly pulled-together look. Choosing the right furniture is about more than just aesthetics. If you want your furniture to last for several years, paying attention to details and the quality of the materials used is a great way to seal the deal. Also, some professional assistance isn’t a bad idea.

A few things to consider when choosing furniture for your home or office space.

  • Decide on what you really need.
  • Examine your architecture.
  • Decide on a theme.
  • Find the best value for your money.
  • Try furniture services.

Interior Design Cost

It’s best to take things slowly when you’re starting out in interior design and decide which items will be the most expensive ones. In general, it’s best to splurge on couches and beds since they are visually heavy items that will draw attention. As soon as you find those, you can fill in the gaps with accent items and DIY home decor.

You should familiarize yourself with these interior design basics to get started. Please leave your comments below if you know of any other tips for interior design.