The mistake most people make when it comes to DIY home decorating
Interior designer Carley Lloyd says the first step in creating your dream home should be small.
A lot of people make the mistake of thinking they have to take care of the whole house at once, she says.
“It’s just too much. And it’s too hard. If you look at the whole house it’s overwhelming and you just don’t get started.
Lloyd, whose company Interior design is based in Māpua, Tasman, shares her tips on the Stuff Homed podcast First echelon: Reno 101. Click the play button above to listen to the full episode.
Her advice is that homeowners first think about how they want their home to function.
“So we have a two year old and I love being on the ground playing with him, with his trains and his toys and being comfortable. . . this is the phase of life we find ourselves in, ”she says.
“So the carpet was really important to us and having a living room that we could all gather in. “
After considering the function, owners should go room by room, regardless of what others think, and make each room reflect their personality and interests.
Lloyd says seeing a room transformed gives you the motivation to continue with the rest of the house.
The three-color rule
She likes to tell clients to choose three colors to use consistently throughout the house.
“Not on a whim: you need to have a discussion with your family members and your partner. And think of three colors that you really like.
She says you should come back to them when choosing paint colors, quilts and other upholstery.
“You might see this gorgeous red and orange pillow, but it doesn’t match your home’s color scheme. So you don’t understand.
“For example, in our house we use dark blue, dark green and light pink. I try to tie everything to these three colors so that the house looks harmonious, but each room is its own space and has its own character and personality.
Focus on lighting
Lighting is another area where it’s easy to go wrong.
Downlights are great for task lighting, but can be harsh at night. “Putting those big pendants with a dimmer allows you to change the mood. And the lamps are so important. They just change rooms and can be so comfortable.
She says designers can help people understand how lighting affects the mood in a room and should be taken into account when planning construction work, so that there is enough of the right type of lighting. available.
Lloyds likes the pattern to add interest, but thinks most people are afraid to use it “in case they get it wrong”.
“So if it’s a pattern you really like and it’s something that ties into your color scheme, then it will work.
“If you don’t like the colors or the patterns, if it’s new to you, I tend to stick with solid duvets and solid curtains or blinds because those are big buys. Incorporate your color and pattern through upholstery, plant stands, cushions, wallpaper if you want to make a big, bold move.
Lloyd says even wallpaper can be replaced in a matter of years if you decide you hate it.
Art must have meaning
Lloyd and her husband bought themselves an art reproduction of Wellington Airport for their first birthday and had it framed.
“It was our first piece of art, and we looked at it and thought it would be a really cool little ritual to buy a piece of art on every wedding anniversary,” she says.
“Everything we bring into our house, we have to use it, we have to love it, it has to hold special memories for us.
“We just celebrated our tenth anniversary and we have 10 amazing pieces of art that mean something to us. They show where we were in our life when we bought them, the phases we were at.
“It adds layers to your interior. ”
Plants add depth
Lloyd says you can’t have too many houseplants.
“As long as you have a space for them and take care of them, then I think at a minimum there should be one in every room. They purify the air, they are beautiful.
“They’re very easy to care for instead of a bunch of flowers that you know will die off in a week or so. They just add an extra dimension.
Lloyd’s final tip for people serious about interior design is to create Pinterest boards, read design blogs, and follow stylists on Instagram.
“If you employ an interior designer, they’ll ask you to share a Pinterest board. You can tell someone what your style is and what you like, but the visuals give you it all.
But her number one tip? “Begin. Find a place you want to start, one piece, and start. Just start.
To listen to Carley Lloyd talk about interior design and other experts and DIY enthusiasts talk about the finishing touches to any home improvement project, click the play button below. You can also download and subscribe to First Rung: Reno 101 here or through your podcast app.