Moving into a new home or apartment is stressful enough without the added pressure of filling your spaces with the perfect decor and furniture. If you’re moving into your own home for the first time and working with a blank canvas, the idea of interior design can be even more daunting. With so many different design styles out there to choose from, it can be hard to determine which style speaks to and showcases your personality. At Tumble, we understand how intimidating it may be to revamp your interior design — or start from scratch — so, we’ve compiled a few tips to make the process a little easier.
Start with a color palette
First things first: you need a color palette. Different shades and hues of colors have the power to set the tone and mood of your home, so you want to make sure you choose colors that reflect what atmosphere you’re aiming for. For example, if you’re looking to create a soothing and tranquil living room, you probably want to stray away from loud and bold colors like bright yellows and hot pinks. Instead, look toward earthy, neutral tones like pale blues and muted greens.
It’s equally important to ensure the different colors you choose for the rooms in your home complement each other. If you don’t already have a color palette in mind, there are several online tools available to help you find one that speaks to you! One of our favorites is ColorSnap by Sherwin-Williams. This website makes it easy to flip through a variety of pre-determined collections of five different colors that work well together. With numerous collections to choose from, there’s a color palette for every design style whether your taste is more neutral and muted or bold and vibrant.
But, maybe you already know what you want your primary color to be and you just aren’t sure what secondary colors will work best with it. ColorSnap also allows you to create your own color palette by choosing specific hues from countless color families. Once you find the shade you want to work around, you can add several other colors to your personal palette and see exactly what they look like together.
Once you’ve landed on a color scheme, you’ll want to keep this in mind throughout the entirety of the interior design process. Sure, these will be the colors you use for painting your walls and trim, but they’ll also be the ones you look to when picking out furniture, art, and other decor accessories.
Choose an aesthetic
After landing on a color scheme, the next step is to determine the aesthetic you want for your room design. Interior Designer and Queer Eye personality Bobby Berk dives into the 14 different design aesthetics that are most commonly seen in people’s homes in this article. But, as he mentions, design styles are fluid and ever-changing so don’t feel limited to this list! While it is important to have an understanding of the most popular design styles out there, we recommend these should be used as a jumping off point for you when determining which aesthetic to bring into your home. Above all else, you want your decor and design to align with your personality, so we highly encourage adding your own personal twist to whichever aesthetic you choose.
Maybe you’re a purist and you lean more toward modern style and minimalist style. In which case, you’ll want to look for decor with clean lines, no patterns, and simple structure. Or, maybe you want your home to be as eclectic as you are so you’ll want to look for pieces that encapsulate the vibe of many different design styles but still work together. Understanding these different design styles can help guide the creative direction when envisioning your personal aesthetic.
Pick your statement pieces
Sure, the minute details that you bring into your newly decorated space add depth and dimension to the room, but statement pieces are what will really be the first thing to catch your guests’ eye. Whether it's a large piece of perfectly curated wall decor or a unique piece like a vase or lamp, every collection of room decor should have one piece of decor that makes a statement. Tumble’s washable rugs are perfect for this, and with so many styles and sizes to choose from we believe you’ll have no problem finding a rug that works with your color scheme and aesthetic.
At Tumble, you can choose from Southwestern rugs and Bohemian rugs with intricate patterns, geometric rugs and contemporary rugs, with abstract and bold designs, neutral rugs with more muted tones, and Persian rugs and traditional rugs for a more classic look. Regardless of which rug style you choose, you have the option to pick from four different area rug sizes and two runner sizes to ensure the rug fits comfortably in your space.
But, just because these rugs are making a big statement in your room, does not mean they are going to require a large amount of upkeep. The best part about a Tumble is that the non-slip, spillproof, washable design is both pet friendly and kid friendly. So, you can bring your Tumble of choice into your home design vision without worrying about how you’re going to keep it clean for years to come.
Create a style board
After you’ve chosen your color scheme, aesthetic, and statement piece, we recommend creating a vision board. Whether virtually on an app like Pinterest or tangibly using physical images and poster board, making a vision board of your interior design strategy will be instrumental in keeping all of your thoughts and ideas organized. The collage style of vision boards allows you to see your color palette laid out before you, generate furniture and decor ideas, see how they’re all working together, and visually plan out your space before committing to actually purchasing anything.
Consult a professional
If you still have questions after following these steps, or simply want a professional second opinion, look for a designer or an interior decorator to collaborate with. At Tumble specifically, we know that choosing a certain style of rug and design aesthetic can be difficult, so we’ve made it easy to contact our professional designer team. Just fill out this form and one of our designers will get back to you within just a couple of days for a free personal design consultation!