13 interior design rules to use when creating your space

blue living room with orange sofa
(Image credit: Richard Kiely)

Interior design rules are an often overlooked and much undervalued aspect of building a new home or renovating an existing property. We tend to think of interior design as the finishing touches; the fun part at the end — picking paint colours and soft furnishings to adorn our newly completed homes. 

However, the key to successfully incorporating interior design trends and to creating a scheme that works for you is all in the planning — which should happen before work even begins on your building project. Take the kitchen layout or the positioning of lighting, switches and sockets, for example — all need to be decided before first fix plumbing and electrics.

Claire Lloyd

Claire is Editor in Chief of Homebuilding & Renovating website and magazine. She became Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating in 2016 and has been a member of the team for 15 years. An experienced homes journalist, her work has also appeared in titles such as Real Homes and Period Living.

She has a particular interest in green homes and sustainability, and interior design is a passion too; she has undertaken qualifications in this area. 

After finishing a major renovation of a period cottage, she is now onto her next project: overhauling a 1930s property in the Shropshire countryside.