Interior design can be a tricky thing to master. With interior trends constantly changing and evolving, styling your home can feel overwhelming.

For this reason many people hire interior designers to craft their visions for them. After all, your home should be a representation of your personality, life and interests, so working alongside a professional can be the best way to bring these to life. But with a report in Saga suggesting that a good interior designer can come with an hourly rate of nearly £200, this doesn’t come cheap.

Some basic knowledge, tricks and hacks can be all you need when it comes to understanding interior design. Here are just a few of the things you should know before you start designing your dream home.

Hidden or Open Storage?

While many people prefer to hide their belongings away, a gradual shift towards open storage (such as shelving and cupboards) is definitely happening. For example, using industrial shelving in Ireland from Rackzone in your kitchen is a great way to showcase your stainless steel crockery. Rustic wooden shelves can also be a good way for food lovers to display their jars and tins. If you feel like it can add to the decor and style in your home, don’t hide it.

How to Nail a Feature Wall

Feature walls are not a new trend – they create a focal point in otherwise bland rooms and have the added bonus of requiring significantly less wallpaper than if you were to decorate the whole room. Think outside the box, though – it doesn’t have to just be a feature ‘wall’. Why not try using patterned wallpaper on a chimney breast, ceiling or the inside of a cupboard?

Carpet or Hardwood Flooring?

This really is a matter of personal preference. Some people enjoy the comfort of a plush carpet underfoot, while others favour the timeless charm and low-maintenance nature of hardwood flooring. It is worth remembering that hardwood flooring can reduce allergens in the home and can also be accessorised with decorative wood.

Is Industrial Lighting a Good Choice?

Industrial lighting is a contemporary and stylish choice, particularly in kitchens and hallways. But it doesn’t need to stop there: metallic lamps above a dining table can give an effortlessly cool effect.