9 Tips for DIY Interior Design Makeovers

Written by Karen Linder
Updated February 16, 2016
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When designing your own space, identify the focal point and respect your home's architecture when choosing new items.
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Spruce up your space with these interior design ideas.

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Does your home’s current interior design leave you unimpressed? Maybe you desire to make some changes to your living space but don’t know where to start.

Follow these DIY tips to create a fresh new design that’s unique to your home.

1. Change directions

Start by rearranging furniture and other features. Move the sofa and chairs around to make sure the overall arrangement is optimal.

2. Find the focal point

Identify the most interesting feature in the room. Maybe it’s the fireplace, a large window with a view, a piece of artwork or the entertainment center and TV.

3. Balance the elements

If you find a spot for the sofa or chair, balance it with a table, lamp, artwork or accessory. Then see if there is a similar piece that will look good on the opposite side of the room.

4. Think about your interior design choices

Take time to contemplate your design decisions. After you have rearranged your furnishings, take time to live with it before deciding on your next move.

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Use a common color scheme when mixing prints and patterns. (Photo courtesy of Habitar Design)

5. Try it before you buy it

Take a photo of any new piece you are considering buying and place the photo in the room. Spend a few days imaging how it will look with everything else in the space.

6. Avoid set regret

Think twice before you buy a set. A well-designed room looks more natural when you bring together different pieces that you selected specifically for your space.

7. Respect your home’s architectural design

The decor needs to respect the overall architecture of your home. Avoid purchasing items that would look out of place, such as extremely contemporary furniture in an old Victorian home.

8. Pay attention to lighting

Without good lighting, your design will struggle. Make sure you have adequate lighting — ambient, task and accent — in all areas of your home.

9. Don’t rush your DIY interior design

Enjoy the interior design process and do not be in a hurry. The process may take time between selecting and ordering pieces. But remember: It is an investment, and a little wait will be worth it when your new design takes shape!

Which room in your home most needs an interior design update? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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