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Interior Design Advice & Best Practices: 5 Things to Know

by Richard Bocchieri 10/31/2021

Great interior design is more than choosing the right furniture. There are many factors that go into making an indoor space look its best. While it might seem complex at first, it’s easy to create room designs to rival any professional in the industry as long as you know the basics. Here we’ll go over some tips from the experts to help you with your interior design.

Choose Colors Carefully

Color is key to interior design, but choosing the right colors will make the biggest difference. Don’t shy away from using color in a room design, but stick to a plan. Experts suggest using no more than 5 colors in a single room design and ideally focusing on a triad of a dominant color and two complementary ones. Consult a color wheel to find your best combinations.

Measure Everything

It might seem obvious, but your design depends on more than just your furniture choices fitting in the space. While that should be your priority, measure carefully to make sure you have enough space around and between larger pieces. You want to have adequate space to move comfortably through the room and keep all points of entry accessible. Watch out for secondary furnishings like bookcases and end tables, as they can often surprise you by being bigger than you thought.

Place Your Art & Rugs Properly

Art and area rugs are perfect ways to decorate and add detail to your space. However, there are some best practices home designers swear by for perfect placement. Hang artwork on the walls at the correct height—ideally you want the middle of the piece to me about at eye-level. Make sure you place your rug so that an entire piece of small furniture, such as an end or coffee table, won’t become wobbly with half its legs on the bare floor. In a large room, place the rug approximately halfway underneath large items like sofas. If you’re not sure what rug to buy, when in doubt designers advise choosing the bigger option.

Layer Your Lighting

There are three types of lighting in interior design that you’ll want to combine in a space. Those types are arranged in layers: task lighting, ambient lighting and accent lighting. Each has its own place and function and will make the room comfortable and aesthetically pleasing when combined. Keep function in mind when planning your lighting. Focus task lighting on a reading chair or desk, while keeping ambient lighting soft around televisions to avoid glare.

Make It Your Own

While these tips are universal, the most important aspect of your interior space is that it is yours. Rooms feel and look better when they have a personal touch, so include some of your favorite things. Let your personality show through artwork, furniture choice, decorative accents and more. Don’t forget that you’re the one living there, so make it a room you will enjoy living in.

About the Author

Richard Bocchieri

Welcome to Long Island Living at its best! The South Shore of Suffolk County is a suburban area that runs along the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. Homes in this area consist of primarily residential properties. This area tends to be diverse in culture and income as it varies by hamlet, village or town. Residents along the South Shore have access to many beaches, parks and recreational activities. I pride myself on my honesty, integrity, hard work and personal service. My first career was in education, starting as a teacher then finishing as a guidance counselor and achieving my Master’s and two PD's. In 1986, I began my real estate career. In a sense, I am still an educator and offering guidance; this time I am outside of the classroom educating my clients on the selling and purchasing processes; which have become so complicated recently and guiding them safely through the confusing and ever-changing real estate market. It is very satisfying to me to help people with not only the greatest financial asset in their lives but their greatest emotional asset; where they celebrate holidays, raise their families and live their lives. I take the needs of my clients very seriously and as a result, I am proud to say, over 90% of my sales are the result of referrals and recommendations. Primarily, my areas of service are the Townships of Babylon and Islip on Long Island’s beautiful South Shore, near pristine beaches and wonderful boating, yet only 55 minutes from Manhattan; truly the best of both worlds. I'm a graduate of the Real Estate Institute and am certified as a Senior Real Estate Specialist. I also hold a license as a Notary Public. Please feel free to call or visit so I can help you fulfill your real estate dreams. I am a Full Service Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker and provide the following: Free appraisal Rental Mortgages International relocation services Sales Home warranty New homes Free school report Water front specialist Notary public Please feel free to call or visit so I can help you fulfill your real estate dreams.

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