Renovating an old, dated home is a great way to transform it into a more modern and attractive place to live. Generally, people find that dealing with the structural side of things is reasonably easy as long as you have an experienced and reliable builder to guide you through the process. However, designing the look for the interior can frequently cause homeowners a serious amount of stress and confusion.

While almost all homeowners see the logic in using a specialised contractor for the building work, not so many also engage the services of a professional interior consultant to bring the project to completion. Yet, considering the importance of interior design to the overall success of the project, this is an excellent idea. Here are two ways that interior consulting can help you to make your new home look beautiful, modern and well thought out.

1. Developing an overarching style

Interior design can be mind-boggling to a novice, with a wide range of styles currently in fashion. An interior consultant can guide you through the current trends and show you the difference between Scandi, Boho and Scandi-Boho styles. They can also help you to figure out what your personal style and tastes are and work with you to develop a design that works for you.

If you're renovating with the aim to sell the property, an interior consultant will also prove invaluable. They can ensure that the design is modern enough for clients looking for a contemporary look but not so modern that it will date rapidly or turn off a large number of potential buyers.

2. Choose a suitable colour palette

The colour palette you choose for your interior has a massive impact on how the completed project will look. Colour plays a role in creating a modern look and adds to the mood and ambience of each room. Colour can also help you to maximise natural light, highlight architectural features and works as a base for all of the other decor to work with.

At the moment, paint trends include dark greys, blues and blacks as well as rich, jewel-inspired tones. On the other side of the spectrum, pale pinks, greys, blues and greens are being used as neutrals to replace the starker whites and beiges that have been in fashion over the last decade. Your interior consultant can help you to wade through the options and choose a palette that works practically and aesthetically in your home.