Every designer has individual style and unique approach in designing space. Nevertheless, all design professionals use common sense principals to create practical, functional place with outstanding look.

Interior design is very similar with personal style, when not everything suits everybody. Every home is just the same unique and we should emphasize advantages and make disadvantages less noticeable.

 Do you want to renovate and decorate like a Pro? Make room for Pro Design principals!


#1 Furniture layout First! 

I know, once you feel ready to design room, it’s very tempting to start choosing colour straigh away as if it’s life saving solution – quick and effective. Not so fast! 

Most of the times, you don’t feel right in the room because of incorrect furniture position, lack of storage or too much furniture! 

All designers arrange furniture before anything else, so it would create symmetry or make conversational area or simply to be practical.


Working file, Floor plan attic conversion by AlenaCDesign  

If you have little side table which is on your way but handy to leave a cup of tea on it from time to time – find for it permanent location! If you have several medium height book shelves but room looks cluttered – replace it on one tall unit. Make optimisation and don’t be afraid to say Good-Bye to old things – Life goes on! 

#2 Function before aesthetics 

Anything you get for your home should be functional, practical and work well for your habits and lifestyle! Personal comfort is a key and don’t compromise!  

If you have dynamic life…hairy dog…kids walking with snacks..- don’t get dark polished floor where every light hair and little crumb is super visible. You don’t need another reason to be stressed in your life. 

#3 Stick to chosen Colour concept 

It’s very easy to get lost in colour scheme selection, especially if you browse on Pinterest or Houzz. Colour selection is huge! Focus on Colour concept First! 

Basically there are only TWO to choose from! Yeah, only two!  

One is based on Neutral colours and 2nd is based on Contrast of colours. 

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In first case, you pick neutral colour and add all shades from dark to light. Don’t forget to add textures to increase visual interest.  

In second case, you place one colour against another finding right combination to your mood and taste. Stay focused and work within chosen concept!  

#4 Don’t use white in dark room!

It’s very common mistake to think that if room doesn’t have enough natural lighting, you have to paint room in light tone to brighten it up. Unfortunately, it never works!  

Any light and pale colour tone turns out to be grey-ish and very dull… Instead, choose tone more rich to what you normally choose.  

To see colour inside – bring colour! It doesn’ t have to be bright, it can be quiet neutral tone but NOT Pale! All designers know that light tone and white Interiors look fresh only with good lighting!   

#5 Focus on one space at the time

I don’t think if you can find even a single designer who takes project and on a first day designs half bathroom and on second day half kitchen… No way!

It takes time to get inspired for certain client type, style and space. I believe you have to keep that focus to deliver something finished and outstanding.  

Use this practice if you design home yourself. Focus on one room at a time. Finished rooms stay finished for years, not finished rooms is never ending refurbishment and decorating process. 

#6 Keep mind creative & Open  

It’s the biggest challenge for every designer!

In order to be great professional you have to keep your mind open to be good listener for your Clients, understand key requests to improve internal space and overall living environment.  

But creative part is the hardest and it can be developed only with good practice and over time. It is an amazing ability to look at empty wall and to see something what’s not there and even possibly doesn’t exist but can be made. 

Design, art and craft stand very close to each other!  

#7 Predict the future! 

Design is an investment into your well-being or business (if it’s commercial space) and it will pay off over years. Nevertheless, our focus in life/business change, your personality change, you grow and so your interior should be versatile and should be easy for adapting to something new.  

Try to predict what changes might happen in your lifestyle, mood and think of interior to be flexible for that case.  

Design like a Pro & Be happy!

Alena C