Interior Design Beliefs
by Maria Hipwell Creative Director for ArtAbsolutely.com and Founder of AParkBench.co.uk
Lighting

There is a whole thesis that can be written about the rights and wrongs of lighting. And a lot of it is down to individual taste. So much depends on the amount of natural light one has and one does not have to be held to the bibliographic rules of artificial light. Most importantly it’s the first thing to consider when designing an effective scheme, as everything else is illuminated or dampened by it.Generally that stark pendant light in the middle of the ceiling won’t do you many favours, neither will a 75 watt cold light bulb.Any space will benefit from layering the five main types of interior lighting, GENERAL, AMBIENT, MOOD, TASK AND ACCENT lighting.Think about what the room will be used for and try to install responsive dimmers wherever you can – which allows for professional choice and ambience throughout the day and night.
Bring up your artwork by choosing the right lights for your interior, it adds to your ambient lighting. Here are 'Freddie' (left) and 'Flamingo I', 'Flamingo II' and 'Flamingo III' (right).
Decorating with Colour

Get swatch happy when choosing a change in colour, and observe the change in light conditions before deciding. I tend to paint on an A3 thin board and move it around the room to get the best effect.You can then build up a library of paint swatches for the next colour boosting moment.
Isaac Newton’s Colour Wheel from circa 1706 can be used as a visual aide to discover a colour palette.
Isaac Newton’s Colour Wheel (circa 1706) will certainly help you choose your palette, and a good first rule is chose complimentary colours to to be complementary with your scheme if looking for initial inspiration combine the two opposites on the wheel. 
Use a Colour Wheel to combine two colours on opposite sides. This is the way to find two complementary colours. As is shown here with colour customised ‘Sunset’. 
You may want to follow the proportions of 60% for the dominant colour, apply the secondary colour at 30 %. Leaving 10% to introduce an accent colour to complement both.
You can follow interior design rules of proportions by splitting a complementary  colour scheme into percentages: 60%, here whites, 30%, here browns and greys, and 10%, here pink and purples with  “Light Bulb” in customised colours. 
Spatial Awareness 

Depending on the size of your living room, it is recommended to be inventive with your furniture and certainly don’t be afraid to edit (and/or delete) pieces.  If you have a big room or space that is open-plan then centre the furniture in the middle of the room. The space then feels more inviting rather than placing it always around the walls. I’d always start with the sofa as this will is normally the largest piece in the room and you can complement its dominant position by placing side tables, lamps, consoles and coffee tables if you were to have the luxury of space. If you allow c.90cm of walking space between pieces it will deliver on the “designer look” and prevent the space being too cluttered and overwhelming.
If you have a larger living room, try placing your sofa in the centre of your room, rather than alongside walls as in this Washington D.C. home via ElleDecor
Playing with Scale

This can mean a 5 seater sofa in vibrant green, or an oversized lampshade and if you can afford it, a large oversized artwork dominating one particular wall. Or, more economically efficient, one could be inventive and build up your gallery wall with numerous different shaped frames. Other options include adding a printed mural wallpaper on the back wall. A big mirror always adds glamour and will help to reflect light back in the room. Hang your curtains high to the ceiling to make longer and appear more decadent. Add a large tropical plant in a dead corner and watch it bring life to the room. Embrace some negative space and allow for some breathing room to let pieces stand and be proud.But no question, instant impact guaranteed, is adding something strikingly supersized.
Hang your curtains as high as you can. This makes your room appear larger and more decadent.
Place a large tropical plant in the corner in order to bring life to your space.
Large mirrors are a glamorous addition to a space, especially as the reflect back to the room.
Fit large artwork between your windows, here colour customised ‘Breakfast?’
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