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Interior design, how to complement architecture

Interior design is the best way to make a space your own. You might paint the room your favourite colour, buy that sofa you’ve always wanted, or adorn the walls with family photos.

While it is tempting to simply fill a space with everything you love, using thoughtful interior design to complement existing architectural features will help you to make the most of your space.

Consider your space

Before beginning any kind of work or design it is important to assess the area you will be working in. The key to complementary design is working alongside the existing characteristics of a space. In this stage, you want to take note of any particular features that stand out to you.

An obvious example of this would be an ornate fireplace, exposed beams etc. but also note the less obvious features.

Look at the walls, the floor, the ceiling, think about the way someone would travel through the room. Are there any windows? Natural light has the ability to make even a small area seem open and spacious, consider the way it would filter through the room in order to maximise its potential.

Consider the purpose

Designing with purpose sets somewhere apart from being just any old place. Once again, before starting any work it is best to stop a moment and think about the intended purpose of the area. To make the most of a room, consider not only what is needed, but also the overall atmosphere of the space. Should the area be a place to relax? Or is it somewhere to be lively and invite conversation?


So you have assessed your space. You know what kind of atmosphere you want to create and what architectural features you want to highlight in the process. Now it’s time to make it happen!  One of the primary aspects to consider is the colour scheme of your space.

Colour plays a huge role in creating atmosphere, with different colours having universal connotations it is possible to give people a sense of calm, happiness or excitement using just minimal colour placement. The key to thoughtful interior design is harmonising the colours you place in an area with the colours that already exist there.

Exposed brick walls can be a fantastic and eye-catching feature, but by replicating that same colour in small details within the decor you can tie the room together.

Another way to harmonise a space is to carry textures and materials around the room in the same way you would colour. Again, choose an architectural feature to emphasise and consider its form.

If you have a stunning oak staircase then tie it into the room with the placement of other oak features. Be careful not to overload an area with one texture or material, this would draw attention away from your focal point. The goal is subtle placement so that your key feature is highlighted but not drowned out.

So there are a few helpful hints to get you started. Always give design careful consideration before diving in headfirst. Pick an aspect of the space to emphasise and use details to balance it amongst its surroundings for a sleek and professional look. Keep an eye on our blog for the latest tips and tricks in interior design!



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