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How to Create Your Design Scheme

Creating an interior design scheme is a complex process of curating a space that resonates with your personality, the purpose of the room and your budget. Whether you’re embarking on a complete home makeover or refreshing a single room, the process requires a blend of creativity and strategy. We’ve gathered tips from industry experts to create a comprehensive guide to composing your interior design scheme from inception to realization.

Step 1: Define Your Vision

The first step in designing an interior is to establish a clear vision. Consider the function of the space and how you want it to feel in it. After the location and size of the room have been established, one must think about the overall concept for the space. In case of a kitchen, is it part of a large open space and therefore it needs act as the vibrant hub for both cooking and entertaining? Or is the kitchen tucked away from your dining and living spaces and the aesthetics don’t need to marry up too much with other interior elements? Gathering inspiration from magazines, Pinterest and Instagram is a useful exercise in the very beginning of your journey. Create a mood board to collate colours, textures and styles that appeal to you. This can either be a PowerPoint presentation or a physical collage board hung on your current kitchen wall. This visual tool will serve as an abstract compass, guiding your design decisions throughout the process.

Step 2: Assess Your Space

Understanding the specifics of your space is crucial. Measure the dimensions and note architectural features such as windows, doors, and built-in elements. Consider the natural light and how it changes throughout the day. These factors will influence your choice of colours and textures as well as the overall layout. An accurate assessment prevents costly mistakes and ensures your design is both beautiful and functional. But when working on the look & feel of your design scheme in the early phases of your project, it is important to not let yourself be distracted by the functional questions as it can complicate the decision-making.

Step 3: Choose a Color & Material Palette

Selecting a colour & material palette sets the tone for your entire design. Start with pinning down one element you are really fond of – this can be a wall paint, a tap, flooring finish or even a painting you’ll want to feature in the scheme. Use it as the foundation to build upon the rest of the scheme. It can be helpful to think of it as playing puzzle – to start you need to fix a piece in place and don’t fear whether it is right or wrong as you can always return to it further down the line and swap it out. When you get stuck, use your moodboards and collages as references to pull out new elements.

Step 4: Select Key Pieces

Semi-fixed elements such as taps, lighting and hardware are crucial details to any interior design scheme as these can pull the overall aesthetic to any direction. For example, opting more traditional looking fixtures can make a minimalist kitchen design feel more sophisticated and classical. Choose these carefully by assessing both style and functionality you have in mind. In an open plan space where both kitchen and living room cohabit, you might want to consider the furniture and lighting to inform your style choices. Try and coordinate the metals so that you don’t end up with too many different options, unless that is an intentional choice. Think about whether you are looking to create a more traditional feeling space or a more modern looking room?

Step 5: Fix the Hard Elements

Interior trends come and go and therefore it is important not to let yourself get carried away by what looks good on the gram, especially when it comes to the hard surfaces that are fixed and difficult to change. A well designed kitchen should last for more than a decade and so it’s important to choose worktops, kitchen cabinetry and flooring carefully. Pick materials that you love and will cherish for years and that are personal to you.

Step 6: Edit and Refine

The final step is to edit and refine your design. Step back and assess the overall composition. Remove any elements that feel out of place or cluttered. A well-curated space often follows the adage that less is more. Aim for a balance between aesthetics and functionality, ensuring each item has a purpose and contributes to the overall scheme. Composing an interior design scheme is akin to creating a symphony, where each element plays a vital role in the harmony of the whole. With careful planning, thoughtful choices, and an eye for detail, you can transform any space into a reflection of your style and vision, creating a home that is both beautiful and timeless.

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