Creating a Master Plan For Your Residential Interior Design

So, you have just purchased a new home. You are likely excited to dive in, start decorating each room one by one, collect pieces you love along the way, and make yourself feel at home. Unfortunately, this tactic will leave you with an undoubtedly messy residential interior design. While other spaces, like commercial buildings or offices, have a very loose type of aesthetic design, residential interior design must be much more refined in order to achieve a cohesive look. Check out these residential interior design tips suggested by our Décor Aid interior designers.


Think about what kind of interior design style best defines your taste, or the taste of your household. There are such a wide variety of styles, from minimal, to bohemian, to traditional, to industrial, and everything in between. While it is not absolutely necessary that your entire residential interior design be the same, it is preferable so that the whole home can appear cohesive, defined and in line. This overarching style will be referenced in the color, shapes, and textures to create a mood throughout the space.

You’ll want to do your research, especially if you are not well versed in the intricacies of these different design styles. If you begin to feel lost or overwhelmed, you can even hire a residential interior design service to assist you in choosing a style and curating pieces that fit within that idea.


The next part of creating a master plan will allow you to get a better idea of how the furniture will fit spatially into your home. If you are starting a residential interior design from scratch, you are likely procuring new furniture, and all rooms contain some sort of large scale item. In order to avoid the possibility of any pieces not fitting properly into your space or making it appear to crowded, you’ll want to map out a layout of each room you plan on renovating. While residential interior decoration can be added into the space easily, larger design elements like a sofa, table, or chairs need a little extra attention.

You’ll want to map out a small, properly scaled version of your room, which can be done by means of the old school method of pen and paper. If you need assistance with this, you can again procure residential interior design services to have them act as a consultant. Measure the space available and be thorough to get accurate measurements when sourcing new furniture. Map it out in your rough layout and see how the pieces fit together. You’ll want to take note of things like balance and space for traffic flow, so that the space does not only look great, but it is functional in allowing people to travel through it freely. While the furniture may ‘fit’, it may still be cramped, so be mindful of how you envision people moving through the space.

Color Palette

Be sure to define the colors you’ll be using in your residential interior design before you even begin to source any furniture or decor. If you get ahead of yourself, you may be stuck with a chair or art piece that does not fit into your initial imagined design. Begin to better flesh out your palette into a variety of color schemes that pair well with the style. Take samples of colors, swatches of fabrics, flooring, and other materials that will be included in the final design, and begin to pair them together in different arrangements to see if the way they look together is to your liking. Our interior designers suggest that you start with a main color for your furniture that you are confident in to act as a base. You can then invest in the proper furniture that is in line with your original residential interior design ideas, and see how this works with the different accent colors you’ve chosen.

It’s important that there is dimension and depth in the space, so don’t be afraid to include one outlier that would not normally go with your color scheme. For example, if your space is mainly neutral greys, feel free to include a deep teal as an accent color, perhaps used in some throw pillows or an upholstered accent chair.