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How To Think Like A Professional Interior Designer

Home is a place to create memories, relax and somewhere to be happy to spend time. At Pash, we believe that everyone should be able to enjoy a home that they are proud of and love. But when it comes to decorating your interior, it can be difficult to understand what to do. Hiring a […]
Eames Lounge Chair Close View

Home is a place to create memories, relax and somewhere to be happy to spend time. At Pash, we believe that everyone should be able to enjoy a home that they are proud of and love. But when it comes to decorating your interior, it can be difficult to understand what to do. Hiring a professional interior designer to do the hard work is a luxury, and if you can’t afford one, our answer is to think like one.

What Do You Need From Your Home?

People often skip this part as it is common to get caught up in the aesthetic of your home, but before starting your interior project, you need to analyse your needs. What kind of lifestyle does your interior need to complement? What practical needs have to be considered? What do you want to spend time doing in your home?

Design a home that is suitable for who is living there. This is an important time to reflect and understand what you need to achieve, because a home is more than just an aesthetic.

What’s your design style?

There are two groups you can place yourself within. Some people find that their surroundings demand their attention, so when it comes to bold colours being used in their home they feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Others will find a muted colour scheme uneasy and understimulating, because they love being surrounded by bold colours. 

You want your home to make you feel at ease both physically and mentally, so understanding your reaction to colour can be a great way to help you decide the right colour scheme for you.

Mid-Century Modern Interior
Mid-Century inspired living space featuring an Eames Style Lounge Chair

Match Your Home To Your Personality

Are you sociable and outgoing? Do you love being the host and having people come and visit your home? If so, you will want to create social spaces, large open plan rooms that complement your lifestyle, as this gives you more space when you have friends or family over. You will want to consider investing in a large dining table, extra seating and a large sofa so you can relax knowing that your guests have plenty of room to relax.

Are you more reserved? Do you love having a quiet night in with a great film or book? If so, don’t feel that you need to waste your space on a large dining table and extra seating just because other people do so. Decorate your home for how you like to spend time in it.

Does clutter distress or annoy you? If so, make sure to invest in plenty of closed storage solutions to help minimise visual clutter around your home. 

Do you suffer from stress or anxiety? If so, optimise your home to promote rest and relaxation. Dedicate areas that make it easy to relax and unwind, whether that is a cosy reading corner, or your sofa facing a fireplace instead of the television. 

Reflecting on your own personality can be really helpful when it comes to designing the right home for you. If you have family members, partners or friends living with you, you may want to consider their needs as well, because they might not be the same as yours.

Questions To Ask Yourself Before Designing Your Interior

When do you feel happiest and why?

What colours do you like? What colours don’t you like?

What materials do you like?

What kind of woods do you like best?

What makes you feel at home?

What do you spend the most time doing at home?

Do you have a favourite restaurant or hotel where you love the interior decor?

It is great to understand what you like, but it can  be just as helpful to understand what you don’t like. Understanding both sides will help teach you about your taste.

Your environment can have a large impact emotionally and psychologically, which makes how you decorate your surroundings important. To find out more read our blog, can your interior design be impacting your well-being?

Noguchi Coffee Table Close View
Coffee table decor featuring our Noguchi Style Tribeca

Creating A Flow Plan

A flow plan tracks the most common patterns of movements within your home. The benefit of using a flow plan is being able to understand which rooms you use the most, and where the best places are for your furniture. This will optimise the flow throughout your home.

The easiest way to create your flow plan is to draw out a floor plan of your home, and sketch the patterns of movements you and others in the household commonly make. 

Interior Design Basic Principles

The Rooms Focal Point

Some rooms have a natural focal point, this could be a large window with a great view or a fireplace, but a lot of rooms you have to decide on the focal point. Get it wrong and the focal point will  get lost. Ways to define your focal point is through the use of colour, contrasts or placing.

When choosing your own focal point, consider what is featured in the room that you would like to highlight. A common mistake is using too much decoration that demands too much attention, and you lose the room’s focal point, or what you want to be the focal point doesn’t draw enough attention.

Dining & Living Space Featuring DSW Chairs
An open plan living and dining space featuring Eames Style DSW Chairs


An absence of contrasts can make your interior look flat and predictable, contrasts in design are what creates an intriguing and overall successful look. A common way to use contrasting elements is to place them next to each other so that the differences between the two stand out. 

Some examples of contrasts in an interior setting are straight and curved, dark and light, matt and glossy, large and small, textured and smooth.

We are meant to spot contrasts in colours quicker than anything else. This can be a useful fact to consider when painting dark walls but keeping light switches and plug sockets white, you may begin to notice these elements more and feel they stand out too much against the wall.

Adding Depth To A Room

Introducing a variety of contrasting textures is the easiest way to add depth to a room you feel is a bit flat. Consider purchasing a fluffy blanket, woven basket, hand thrown pottery, throw pillows or rugs with distinctive textures.

The Odd Numbers Rule

Some people claim that we find odd numbers to be more interesting, others may disagree and say that the brain prefers to deal with objects in pairs. However, there is a trusted rule in the interior design world that a group of three creates a more eye-catching visual. Regularly followed by professionals, so avoid even numbers and start compositions of three, five or seven. 

Interior Design details - odd numbers

Varying Size & Scale

It makes sense that we choose matching sizes and scale when it can follow our regimented process of thinking. But identical and repetitive looks end up feeling boring. By varying the sizes and scales with accessories like plant pots, cushions and pictures, you can notice a big difference in the visual appeal of your home.

Challenging Our Brains

Contrasts, the rule of three, varying size and scale all come under the belief that our environment needs to be the right amount of challenging for us to like it. That means that we don’t want our interior to be predictable, but we don’t want it to be too different and not uniform either.

Plan Negative Space

It is as important to plan your negative space as the space filled with items. Understanding what can be achieved with negative space can be great for adding the final touches to your home. Consider placing a statement sculpture with an empty backdrop to make it stand out, also you can look at hanging a single small picture with space around it to create a bigger impact.

Neutral Home Office Featuring an AJ Desk Lamp in White

Mixing Styles

It is quite rare for individuals to only like one style of design. Mixing styles can be a great way to achieve the desired outcome for your home, however what you do need to consider is that the more styles you try to mix the greater the challenge to get them to tie in together.

If you are wanting to mix interior styles, then consider using less colours in your palette to help create a connection between the mixture of styles. Try to avoid clustering styles together, by spending them apart this will create a more even look. 

Instead of choosing a style to recreate, you could create your interior around a mood. This then doesn’t rely on pieces matching in terms of form and appearance, as you are trying to achieve more than just one style.

The best interior design advice we believe we can share at Pash is designing your home for the people who live in it, because they are going to enjoy it the most.

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