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5 Interior Design Rules You Should Know

You must have probably heard the common saying that you must first know the rules before you break them. On the contrary, we don’t want to break these ones. There are certain basic interior design rules and tips that won’t break to achieve a breathtaking home.


Fundamentally, you should follow these guidelines to achieve good looking interiors in your space. Regardless of the fact that you want to design from scratch, or renovate your existing home, these basic interior design rules and tips are the  saviour!


5 Interior Design Rules & Tips You Should Know


Create a Focal Point:

Try to create a focal point that the eye is naturally drawn to in every room. In fact, before you make any major decisions about the room’s layout or furniture placement, pick a wall that will become your focal point for the room. This doesn’t mean you should just paint one wall a different color.

The focal point can be a fireplace, an oversized piece of artwork, a feature wall with oak plywood planks or painted wainscoting, a wall of windows with floor to ceiling curtains, or anything that demands attention.

Once you’ve picked a focal point or a feature wall, your furniture layout should be determined based off of that. In fact, your furniture should aid in moving the eyes to the focal point. In order words, do not position all your furniture facing away from the focal point and don’t block your view of the feature wall.


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Consider a Visual Balance:

Designing a room is all about visual balance. Whether you prefer symmetry (i.e. two lamps on both ends of the dresser) or asymmetry (a lamp on one side and artwork on the other), it is all about leveling out the visual weight.

Think of it like a see-saw. You need equal weights on either end of the see-saw to stay balanced. If one side of the room has a lot of heavy furniture, the other side of the room would feel imbalanced with just a small chair. If one side of the room displays a lot of wood, the other side needs some wood characteristics as well to balance out the visual weight. Make sense?


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Consider Function:

We are all for buying a beautiful, sculptural piece of furniture that has instant visual impact. However, if you have small spaces you should always opt for items that offer both form and function. That is, use every square inch of space in creative ways—especially in a small home where you can’t have a lot of clutter. In addition, try to include pieces that are as functional as they are sculptural and interesting.


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Rug Size & Placement is Vital!:

The rug is such an important aspect of the room design. Placement and sizing really is everything! In the living room – the front legs (or preferably all the legs) of your furniture should sit on the rug. A small rug that floats in the middle of the room is a no-no. In the dining room – you want your rug to be large enough that when you pull the chairs out, the legs are still on the rug. And in the bedroom – the rug should extend 24-36″ from the sides and foot of the bed.

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Strategically Place Your Artworks:

One of the most common “mistakes” made in interior design is artwork placement. Here are the basics –


  • If hanging art above furniture, position it roughly 6-8 inches above the furniture. The goal is to make it feel connected to the object(s) below it.
  • When hanging artwork on an empty wall, the center of the art should hang approximately 57-60″ from the floor. Or if you’re an average height woman, an easier way to measure is to hang it at eye level.
  • If you’re pairing more than one frame, hang them 3-4″ apart. Keeping the frames close helps the eye see all the art as one unit.
  • Think about scale – when hanging artwork above furniture, it should fill 2/3 the width of the furniture below it.




Taking the basic interior design rules into consideration will help you come up with a comfy, pleasant looking home. In fact, sticking to these basic design rules will make you design your interiors like a pro.

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