Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or apartment or want to spruce up your decor, creating a living space that is both comfortable and looks great is a must. But, decorating can be overwhelming—especially if you are a newcomer to interior design. This guide to interior design for beginners offers home interior design ideas to help you create the living space of your dreams.

Invest in Statement Pieces

Choose a few select items to invest in—big-ticket items such as a couch, piano, table, bedroom furniture, etc.—and buy a high-quality statement piece. No matter your interior design budget, investing in quality now will give you a foundation to build on over the years. You can choose sparse or inexpensive accessories now, such as throw pillows and place settings, and update these accessories as your taste (and budget) changes. Choose timeless, neutral-colored pieces that will age well, and use accessories to keep up with the trends.

Choose Your Paint Color Last

This may seem counterintuitive—painting is easier to do once everything is cleared out of a room, so why not get it out of the way first? Instead, start by picking your furniture and decor, arranging it, and choosing a color that fits. It is easier to select a paint color that matches your decoration than to pass up a statement piece because it clashes with your freshly painted walls.

Use Mirrors to Add Light

Adequate lighting brightens a room and makes it seem bigger. One way to get more light into a room is to use decorative mirrors. Try placing mirrors on a wall opposite windows to maximize the effect of natural light. Decorative mirrors are a great alternative to artwork on the walls.

Mix and Match

You don’t want your living spaces to look like the pictures in a catalog, where every piece comes from the same store. Instead, mix and match textures and textiles, modern styles with family heirlooms, and patterns. Your decor should look collected and reflect your personality, rather than ordered from the same place.

Add Natural Textures

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Natural wood textures add a rustic feel to any living space, especially the kitchen. Consider updating your cabinets to wood, and include wood accessories in other rooms in the house. For even more natural accents, add bright green house plants for a pop of color and nature.

Go Big (or Go Home)

Choose wall decor and other pieces that make a statement. A series of small plants or small paintings or mirrors on an otherwise empty wall will look cluttered and get lost in the empty space. Instead, pick larger artwork and other statement pieces to fill the space.

These home interior design ideas will help any beginner get started in decorating any room in the house. Interiors designed by beginners can look just as nice as a space designed by a professional.

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