Traditional interior design really speaks to two different things.
First off, it speaks to creating a living space that’s not only attractive and desirable, but that also feels comfortable.
And secondly, it’s about using the design resources at your disposal to make each and every room as comfortable and as welcoming as you possibly can.
The Home Blog actually describes this perfectly in their full guide to interior design:
“When your home is decorated in such a way that it satisfies your soul, there really is nothing like it. You don’t need to complete a design program to do the job — you just need to understand the basic elements of art and style.”
There are also typically 2 different types of constraints on the vast majority of interior design projects:
- There are budget constraints
- And labor constraints
And when it comes to labor constraints, you can sometimes label those particular constraints as time constraints, especially if you plan to do the labor yourself.
With all that being said, this leads to a very important question:
How do you master traditional interior design while making the best use of your time, energy, resources, and materials—especially if you’re not necessarily an experienced ‘interior design pro?’
There are a few different ways to accomplish this. And honestly—the very first thing to understand is that you don’t need to be a pro to succeed at design and do an amazing job.
And in this guide, you’re going to learn a few different tips for how to succeed in this journey even with minimal (or even zero) experience.
Let’s dive into it.
1. Do Your Research
Unless you’re already an experienced, talented, gifted, or professional interior designer—then you’ll probably need to deal with an element of ‘inexperience’ when overcoming the hurdle of achieving traditional interior design success.
To overcome this hurdle, you’ll want to conduct some research to make sure that you understand the process.
Different types of projects will generally require different types of planning, and knowledge of different types of procedures.
So it’s just really important that you educate yourself about the best way to approach it.
One of the best and easiest ways to learn about this is by using YouTube.
There are plenty of amazing interior designers on YouTube who will share more than enough information to get you started on the right foot.
You could also consider picking up a book or two, or listening to some interior design podcasts.
2. Look For Inspiration
Finding the proper inspiration for your interior design project is almost as important as understanding the functional dynamics of the whole thing.
In other words, you need some great ideas—and you need them to fit well with the rest of your decor.
For some people, this is the easy part.
For others, this can be a pretty big challenge.
But if you’re struggling with some inspiration and you need to really light up the ‘light bulb’ of your own creativity, you may want to consider perusing a good home improvement blog, Pinterest, or YouTube for some great ideas.
3. Try To Plan Out The Whole Process Before You Get Started
If your interior design project is going to consist mostly of smaller projects that won’t require a ton of complicated work or effort, then you can generally just stair-step your way to the kind of design you’re looking for.
With that being said, it’s also true that more in-depth projects will require quite a bit of planning.
If you start to stairstep your way through these types of projects without making a plan first, you can sometimes end up wasting a bit of time and energy on an inefficient process, rework, and unforeseen obstacles.
And you definitely don’t want to do that.
So make sure that you write down a cohesive success plan for yourself, and make sure that you feel good about the whole process before diving headfirst into it.
Of course, at the end of the day, don’t forget to have fun.
Traditional interior design work is incredibly rewarding, especially when you’re utilizing it in your own space to help make your living quarters even more comfortable, artistic, and attractive.
So don’t forget to have some fun while you’re at it.
Good luck. You’ve got this!