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THE COMPLETE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO INTERIOR DESIGN (DIY)

MOVING TO A NEW PLACE? RENOVATING? OR SIMPLY LOOKING TO IMPROVE YOUR HOME DECOR? THIS BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO INTERIOR DESIGN AND HOME DECORATION WILL PROVIDE YOU THE PRINCIPLES, TOOLS AND KNOWLEDGE YOU’LL NEED TO DESIGN YOUR SPACE BY YOURSELF (DIY)


WHAT WILL I GET FROM THIS GUIDE?

The Beginner’s guide to interior design is a comprehensive guide that covers the principles and basics of interior design and home decoration. The purpose of this guide is to give you the tools and knowledge along with a practical approach to interior design, so eventually you could plan and put into practice your the design and decoration of your space. whether you're moving to new house, renovating, remodeling your room or just want to add final the touch to your existing design, this guide is for you.

We’ve gathered all the most crucial subjects and tried to make this guide as concise as possible, ending in 6 different chapters on the most important subjects concerning interior design and home decoration. Each chapter of this guide is important in order to fully understand and succeed with the interior design of your space.

This guide won’t make you a professional interior designer, but it will help you to design your space in a professional manner, and avoid all the common design mistakes. So hold on to your seat, we’re taking off! 

CHAPTERS SUMMARY


CHAPTER 1

WHAT IS INTERIOR DESIGN?

What is interior design? Why we need it? and what are the 3 key foundations for designing your space.


CHAPTER 2 

THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN - PART 1        

We'll explain about Space,Line and Color and how to work with each of those elements in the design of your space.


CHAPTER 3 

THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN - PART 2

Continue with the elements Texture, Form, Pattern and Light, presenting features and best practices.


CHAPTER 4 

PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN

The principles that are incorporated in every design:  Scale & Proportion, Balance, Rhythm, Emphasis, Unity & Variety.


CHAPTER 5

DESIGN STYLES

A comprehensive presentation of today's common design styles and their characteristics. 


CHAPTER 6

 CREATE YOUR DESIGN

How to take all what you learned in this guide and form it into a practical design plan of your space.


WHAT IS INTERIOR DESIGN? 

Interior design is the practice of creating a functional and beautiful living environment. Interior design is all about how we experience our space. It has a huge impact on how we feel, how efficient we are and how express ourselves in our own living environment. It involves the connection of different shapes, colors, styles, and textures. It gives the rhythm and balance of our space, using furniture, decor arrangement and lighting.


THE 3 KEY POINTS OF INTERIOR DESIGN

Interior design is built on 3 points that are the key to the successful design of your space. Whether you design your living room, your office or your studio apartment, those 3 points would be the foundations to guide you with the design of your space.


1. IT SHOULD BE PRACTICAL

 Given the obvious, every space should be designed in a way that fits and serves it’s purpose. Thus, Kitchen should be designed to serve the purpose of a kitchen, Bedroom should be designed to serve the purpose of a bedroom and etc…Also practical interior design refer to the use of space in an efficient manner, to allow the convenient use of the furniture and objects in the space you live in. Correct choice and arrangement of furniture, are a crucial part of piratical interior design. Take a look a the example below.

Right: Convenient approach to the bed.

Wrong: Bed size is too large for the room, in a way that make very hard to access the side of the bed.

2. IT SHOULD MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD

How we experience the space we live in, has a significant impact on how we feel. It’s enough to change the color of one wall or arrange the furniture in a different way, to change our feeling when are in the room.  Putting too much furniture in a small space can make us a stuffy, choked feeling in the room. Using the wrong set of colors can make us feel over stimulated, confused and uncomfortable. Creating a balanced and correct design of our room, will affect directly on how we feel in it. Thus, the second key point in  Interior design concentrates on designing a space that will make you feel good. 

3. IT SHOULD BE EXPRESSION OF YOU

The design of the space should bring to interpretation your worldview. Whether it’s related to your profession, hobbies, desires, class or even just to the style and color you like. Your interior design should reflect your inner self. 


(Source:  pinterest.com)


Those 3 key points act as the "compass" of your interior design. They outline the pass to a successful and fulfilling design of your space. Those points should bear in the mind in every step of the interior design and in any room you decorate. You should always ask yourself during the design process those 3 questions: "Is It Practical?", "Does It Makes Me Feel Good?", "What Does It Say About Me?".


Who We Are?

Mathew'z is an online store for furniture, home decor, lighting,, outdoors and more.  We believe that home decoration and interior design should eventually come as an whole. Objects, lighting and positioning should come together to create an harmony in your space. Because of this, we don't just concentrate on selling you a rug, or a couch. we want to help you understand and learn how to design your space in the way you like, to represent you. Our services includes guides and articles to put into practice your interior design, visualization and 3D design tools, financing options to your order purchase and assembly services. Our team have years of experience in interior design and includes professional interior designers and home decoration specialists.,  

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Have a Happy Home: the Psychology of Interior Design - (Source: ecosalon.com)

Aesthetics and Well-Being: How Interior Design Affects Your Happiness  - (Source: psychologytomorrowmagazine.com)

How Color Impacts Emotions and Behaviors - (Source: 99designs.com)

UP NEXT...

In this introduction, we’ve touched mainly what is the guide for, what will be included in the guide and the basic perception of interior design and it’s purpose. We explained the basic 3 key points of interior design from a very general aspect. Those 3 key points will be discussed and interpenetrated in a more profound manner in the last chapter of the guide, when we get to the point of creating a design plan. 

Now, after putting the foundations in place, we're all set to dive to the deep water!

This guide was written by Amit Roznak and Mathew'z team

WHAT IS INTERIOR DESIGN?

ELEMENTS OF DESIGN - PART 1

ELEMENTS OF DESIGN - PART 2

PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN

DESIGN STYLES

CREATE A DESIGN PLAN