Designing the interior of your home is an exciting adventure and whether or not you have interior design experience, you probably have a good idea of the style you prefer. You might have a specific theme in mind, or you are open-minded about something radical; either way, here are a few interior design tips from a team of professionals.
- Create a focal point – This is an old trick to draw the attention of the occupant; the correct way to design a room is to base everything around the main feature. Examples include a water fountain, a large piece of wall art, a sculpture or even a wall; it is preferable for the main feature to be centralised, or as close to that as possible, which brings some balance to the look.
- Don’t forget mouldings – How about hand-painted cornice (called บัวฝ้า in Thai) around the ceilings? White with gold paint is perfect for that contemporary look and there is a leading supplier in Bangkok with many years of hands-on experience. Architrave and skirting bring in a touch of sophistication and are ideal for a classic theme.
- Spend time looking at lighting – Of course, we’re talking LED here, there are so many LED light fitting styles, you are literally spoilt for choice; dimmer switches are worth the extra hassle, as they allow you to create the right ambience to suit your need. Talk to a local electrician and let him buy your chosen units at trade prices (money-saving tip right there!), not only do LED lights look cool, they use much less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.
- Add a few antiques – There was a time when this would be unthinkable, yet here we are in an ‘anything goes’ era; a modern study with a military chest and a couple of Victorian wall lamps would be perfect. The same applies to a room with an antique theme, add a couple of modern items.
- Go for bespoke screening – We recommend talking to a local blinds supplier who offers a bespoke service; start with an online search to locate a local company’s website and book a home appointment. The rep will show you fabric samples and a long list of blind types and for the ultimate, you can have motorised tracking with a small remote, state-of-the-art mechanisms are used with hi-end blinds.
It isn’t every day you get to design your living space and with a little creativity and thinking outside the box, you can create a soothing and relaxing ambience.