Top 10 Cactus Advise for Interior Design

1: Get plenty of Sunshine

Lighting is an essential design element in any interior space.  Natural and artificial light both can be manipulated to help you achieve the feel and look of your design, as well as providing essential requirements for tasks, safety and security.  Light can create the illusion of colour, movement, pattern, highlights and shadows. It not only is an essential element but a decorative component in design too.

2: Accentuate your strong points

A well designed space always has one or more focal points. Something to draw the eye and create a lasting impression, but still be relevant to the scheme and feel of the room you are designing for.  A focal point is part of but doesn’t necessarily dominate the space; balance is always the key.

3: Be patient through the dry spells

Don’t rush into filling your interior space.  Not everyone has the budget to hire an interior designer and fill their homes with the furniture and pieces of their dreams. It’s tempting then to rush out and buy inferior products or pieces as a stop gap.  Quality is always better than quality.  Consider your selections as investments and enjoy the excitement of finally buying that special piece you’ve had to wait for.

4: Conserve your resources

Sometime less is more.  You can actually have too much of a good thing. Balance and Harmony are two design principles every interior designer needs to think about.  Balance is the careful placement of objects in a room to create impact, mood and makes a space harmonious. Think about what a room requires. Sometimes editing your space; removing an item will have greater impact.

5: Don’t desert your friends

Buy Australian, Buy locally from small business and Buy from emerging artist or designers.   The impact we can all have on the quality of products we purchase and the availability of choice is often determined by our decisions.  There is great reward in working within your community, small and wide is seeing others succeed as you support their gifts.  I know Little Cactus wouldn’t exist without the support and encouragement of friends, family and community. Huge Thanks!!

6: Wait for your time to bloom

DIY, repurposing or upcycling used products is a great way to give something tired and uninspiring new life.  Be imitative, be quirky and you’ll be amazed on how much beauty is hidden in everyday items we take for granted. These can often be the very items that have the most nostalgic worth, precious memories and design influence on your interior space. Check out Little Cactus Events page for great DIY workshops this year.

7: Stay Sharp

Keep up with fashion trends and what new in the area of interior design. Emerging artists, colour palettes, materials and design aesthetics are forever evolving and can help inspire a new look to a tired space. This doesn’t mean having to spend a fortune either. Simply adding that on trend cushion, throw or piece of artwork can instantly change the feel of a room, and it won’t be a huge investment to change again when the new trend emerges.

8: Don’t meddle with beauty or you’ll get stung

Create a look that is uniquely yours. Imitation is said to be the best flattery, but it’s so much better finding your own style. A look you love, true to your taste, blended with personal twist says so much more than just trying to copy someone else’s. Following trends is great but if everyone does exactly the same thing, design becomes quite generic and uninteresting.

9: Change with the seasons

We all enjoy changing our wardrobes with the seasons, so why not our interior spaces. Warm colours and luxurious textures for winter invite us to cacoon ourselves inside and feel safe and comfortable from the elements.  Cool colours and light breezy textures for summer bring a sense of enjoyment and fun and tempt us to bring the outside in.

10: Bloom where you are planted!!

Finally I leave you with a quote from Joyce Myers “Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus but you don’t have to sit on it”.  Make the most of whatever you have, interior design is really about reflecting who you are in your surroundings. Enjoy!

 

 

 

September 01, 2015 by Sharee Potter

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