Interior Design - Where To Start?

Building new or renovating can be a very overwhelming task especially when you're deciding on an entire house. There are so many decisions to make and so many options to consider you may not know where to start or how to narrow the choices down to just one. This article is going to give you the tools to be able to start your project with confidence.


1: Find your Direction.


This is the most important step; once you've found your direction refer back to it frequently to keep your interior cohesive. To find your direction start gathering together any interior ideas that you're drawn to. This could be in the form of a Pinterest board or a scrapbook. Pull out consistent themes that show through (some of these may be relaxed, cheerful or moody) and create a mood board. Take a selection of images that represent these themes and place these onto one page where you can easily refer to them as you make choices about finishes and materials. Ask yourself does this fit with the direction and does it work with the other finishes? Remember to trust yourself.


2: Practicality and function.


The next step is to work out the layout for each room. Think about how you're going to use the space. This will give you an idea on storage needs, the amount of seating you might need, or what type of lighting and where to place it. I recommend drawing out each room including all the aspects about how you will use the space, this will show you the flow of the space and allow you to make adjustments accordingly, making the room easier and more enjoyable to use. Knowing what is going into each room will steer you towards what type of finishes are required. Drawing a layout gives you a good idea on furniture sizes which will help eliminate pieces that will be too big or too small when the time comes.


3: What materials to start looking at first?


No matter how big or small your project is you'll want to begin with a colour scheme that fits with your mood board. You may pull this together from a particular colour you like or a piece of artwork, anything that inspires you. From there, start with your flooring and work your way up the room with walls & ceiling, cabinetry, surfaces, rugs, furniture and accessories. As you see your room coming together don't forget to include a focal point. As you go through each room start putting the finishes, materials and fixtures together in one space to see if they work together and that it is balanced. Again this could a physical board with samples and print outs of furniture/lighting or it could be a digital board. Make sure you look at physical samples in natural light or in the space if possible, as colours can be different in person than on a screen.



4: Make the space yours.


Give your interior scheme personality, this is what makes a good interior a great interior. Don't be afraid to inject yours and your families likes, hobbies or passions. Accessories and features are a great way to incorporate a bit of personality into your space. Swapping accessory pieces regularly can bring a nice change to your décor, keeping it fresh and new without costing the earth. You don't have to get rid of any pieces, these can be stored away until you want to showcase them again.








It is never too early to get those creative ideas flowing. Give yourself plenty of time to find direction and to get the layout correct as these are the foundation of the design. Once you've got the layout sorted it's time to get stuck into choosing the beautiful touches that will bring your dream interior to life. Take your time to make decisions, trust your decisions and remember if it works together on your sample board then it will work on a larger scale.



Written by Chrissie Henderson, Interior Designer at Candela Design | Updated 26th October 2021.








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