At Manhattan Home Design, we’re always trying to get people to see their homes in a different way, like a canvas, mostly. A lot of people think they don’t have the creativity bug, so to speak, and that’s why they turn to tips and tricks for decorating, usually making some mistakes in the process.

Great interior design is never about imitating, but about finding your own voice. And we know, that might sound a bit cliché, and imitating can be a very good way to find your own voice, especially if you relate strongly to a particular style of furniture and design, but it isn’t the only way.

If you’re struggling with that, here are 4 quick tips to start thinking like an interior designer would.

1. Consider your needs

A lot of people end up having uncomfortable spaces because they did everything the interior design online guides told them to do, but they never considered their own needs.

In essence, they ended up with a space that doesn’t work for them because it doesn’t represent them. Don’t be one of those people! Your needs are first. And they’re different from the needs of other people.

Maybe you don’t like sleek lines and minimalist spaces that much, but some article online just convinced you that you did. Whenever possible, we try to suggest things to people, but never mandate them.

Learn to say yes and no according to the things you need, which might be intrinsically tied to the things you like.

2. Learn to measure

An easy way to start seeing your home in a different light, as well as becoming more creative, is to learn to take measurements. It’s an easy technical strategy that will help you understand if your space is actually big, medium-sized, or small.

All spaces can be beautiful regardless of size. A lot of people buy furniture that’s too big or too small because it’s trendy. That won’t make you happy, and you won’t learn anything from it.

Buy yourself a good, affordable measuring tape and start taking some measurements, write them down, and keep them stored somewhere special.

If you can, try to learn these measurements by heart, through practice.

Measure your furniture too, and compare the big things with the smaller things, you’ll start to get ideas on placing and size, and you’ll make much better decisions when the times comes to buy something new.

3. Get familiar with color psychology

This might sound a bit hard to do, but there are a lot of good resources online that can help you get a quick sense of the emotions that each color induces on the human mind.

Warm and cold tones have different feels to them. The more you learn about colors, the more confident you’ll feel about using them, even if (again) you don’t consider yourself as a creative person.

Everyone can be creative, what they need is just a good framework or set of ideas to get started. Something that keeps you grounded.

4. Make every choice a conscious choice

We know that you really want to get that couch you just saw in our catalog, or that chair, or that table. It looks very pretty, right? You bet it will look just as pretty in your living room.

We’re not saying ‘don’t buy it,’ as that’s just bad business mojo, we’re only suggesting that you take a step back and follow the steps on this guide before buying that (or anything else).

It won’t take you a lot of time, and we promise you’ll have a much better experience. The item you want will still be there when you’re done reading this, and if it’s not, then give us a call or send us an email.