When you move into a new space, or even just decide to redecorate, it can be difficult to know where to start. You can have a vision, but it might not work out the way you hoped and may leave you feeling overwhelmed. So, here are seven ideas that can help you utilise your space and get the most out of where you are! 

Design your space your way! / Picture Credit: Unsplash

Design your space your way! / Picture Credit: Unsplash

Try before you buy 

While this may seem like an obvious tip, many people get caught up in their visions that they buy in bulk and add things to their space that don’t exactly match. 

So, instead of going all in straight away, try before you buy. Collect swatches of paint or wallpaper to tape to your wall that you can look at and get used to; the bigger the better in this case. 

Amazon has a feature in which you can place the object you’re thinking of buying in your room virtually to see how it will look; this is a great idea, as it will give you a glimpse of how you can transform your space. 

Try to plan as much as possible and use samples and testers to the best of your ability; this way you can see how your space will look, and are able to swap and change things until you’re happy with your choices. 

Take your time 

If you are thinking of redesigning or are moving into a new space, a good thing to do is to collect pieces of furniture (or keep them in mind if you have no space for them at the moment) and small accents for your space. 

This way, you are purchasing things that you know you love and will want in your new space. This allows you time to think about what you want in advance for your home, and can open doors in way of design choices, as you may see something you adore by surprise, without having to search for it. 

Colours and textures make a bog difference / Picture Credit: Unsplash
Colours and textures make a bog difference / Picture Credit: Unsplash


Scents and smells may not seem like part of a home design, but it can make all the difference. If, for example, your living room has red tones, picking a fragrance that matches this, such as strawberry or flower scent, can bring a look together. 

It is also a great idea to carry a theme throughout your home. If your living room smells of citrus, like lemons for example, then matching that theme throughout your home can create a wonderful feeling of relaxation and can give your space an identity. 

Make it your own 

When designing, it is important to remember that you are designing your home. There are no right or wrong ways to do this, as your taste is your own and you should be proud of this and be excited to showcase your personality through the living space. 

If you want to take inspiration from a design trend, why not try to put a personal spin on it? Your home is where much of your time is spent, so creating the perfect space for you is very important. Whether others like your choices or not shouldn’t be a factor, as your space is yours and you should feel free to express this any way you wish. 

Mood board 

Whether you do it virtually or by using a corkboard and print-outs, making a mood board can be a great way to let your creativity loose and for you to discover the things you love most about home design. 

A mood board can be used for so many things, and it can be a very useful way to help you design and organise your space. Picking a colour is the first step, and then you can select accents and larger furniture with the same colour theme to fill your home. 

This can be a great way for you to see the bigger picture in regard to what your home might look like, and you can easily swap out your choices to see what you like best. 

Make sure you love your space / Picture Credit: Unsplash
Make sure you love your space / Picture Credit: Unsplash

Colours and fabrics 

With it being your home, you can really go wild with your design choices. However, it might be a good idea to consider the fabrics and colours you are using, just so there aren’t too many clashes in regard to your choices. 

If everything in your space is one solid colour, you may find that you get tired of this rather quickly; perhaps consider differing tones and textures, which will keep your home looking lively and fresh. 

Using a lighter tone for a couch, for example, will look great with cushions of a darker or warmer tone, all the while keeping your chosen theme throughout your home. 

Finishing touches 

Finishing touches can be anything from a rug to a potted plant in your bathroom. This might be the best part of designing! 

Rugs can be a wide range of sizes, colours and textures, and it can be a lot of fun picking out the perfect one. Similarly with plants, cushions and may other accents, there is a lot to choose from which can perhaps appear daunting, but try to have fun with it. 

Just the type of throw you place on your couch can make a huge difference, so take your time and have fun with picking out the finishing touches for your beautiful home. 

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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