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A renovation project can be a daunting task. You might know that your house needs to be improved, but you have no idea where to begin. The best piece of advice is to keep things simple and structured. These are the four factors to consider when improving the interior design of your home.
The layout of your household is definitely the first factor you should consider if you’re trying to improve the interior design of your home. You can’t get a feel for the renovation tasks that need to be done until you’ve tidied up your space. Start by decluttering. Once you get rid of the things that add nothing to your home or your life, you’ll start to grasp the true size of your house. You might have thought your home was small for years, but the truth was probably that every room was simply overloaded with an excessive number of belongings. By creating a more spacious home, you’ll be well on your way to achieving a minimalistic layout. Renovation projects don’t always have to be technical or costly. Sometimes, simply throwing out things you no longer need can make a huge difference to the appearance of your home. It makes a cosier and safer environment too (no more tripping over things left on the floor). It’s a practical decision.
You need to think about storage in your home too. You can only declutter your belongings to a certain point, after all. Your goal isn’t to throw out everything you own. You need to think of smarter ways in which to store the things remaining in your home after decluttering. Improving the layout of your home isn’t about creating space out of nothing; it’s about putting the existing space in your household to better use. There might be more room for your belongings than you realise. You should use alcoves to your advantage, for example. Rather than just putting a TV or an armchair in that alcove, you could put up some shelving units for books or other precious belongings. It’s all about balancing practicality and aesthetic. Wall shelving can look aesthetically pleasing whilst still being functional. You might also want to get some furnishings that function as storage solutions too. Some coffee tables have drawers for belongings. You can even get stools with seats that function as lids so you can store belongings within the actual stool. Think outside the box to create a tidier layout in your home.
Think about the personalisation factor of your home. Does it really feel like your home? We’re talking about design elements that are specific to your personality and interests. The characteristics of you and your family should show throughout the house. Maybe it’s something as simple as using colours or patterns that really appeal to certain members of the family. Maybe you could get a special frame for a particular family photograph that means something to all of you. Putting up more pictures of you and your loved ones will definitely make your home feel unique to you and your family. Of course, even making homemade paintings could make a difference. You’d have special pieces of art that only exist in your household. Personalisation is all about making your home feel unique.
Another factor to consider when improving the interior design of your home is timelessness. If you want to avoid renovating your household every few years when your style starts to look unfashionable then you should forget about the latest trends. Instead, opt for a look that is always aesthetically pleasing and stylish. For instance, you could use wooden flooring instead of carpet; natural materials are timeless because they don’t cater to manmade trends. You could always get some stylish rugs if you want to maintain a warm and cosy feel in your house. A small dose of vintage and antique design, like those antique mirrors for sale at LoveAntiques.com, can really add something special to your home too. Certain traditional home design elements never go out of fashion.
You might even want to make existing furnishings appear a little more vintage by stripping back wood on tables or chairs to make those pieces of furniture appear as if they have aged. Timelessness is often best achieved by getting the blend of contemporary and classic design just right. This is categorised as a transitional design by many people. It allows you to keep your home looking modern without falling into the trap of following passing trends. And it allows you to keep your home looking vintage and classic without using a design that eventually becomes dated. It’s about having the best of both worlds.
Lighting is such a crucial factor to take into consideration when improving the interior design of your home. It has an impact on the overall atmosphere and vibe of your house. Think about the way your home looks during the day. Even a well-designed home will fail to make an impact if it’s lit in an uninspiring manner. Try using more white throughout your household design; repaint the walls white if you have to. This will reflect sunlight coming through the windows and make your home look brighter. As for artificial lighting, it all depends on the purpose of each room. For instance, bright lighting has a purpose in kitchens or studies because it’s practical when you’re trying to work or focus on any sort of task. But warmer lighting is better suited for living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms because it’s more relaxing. It’s not just about visibility; it’s about the way lighting works in terms of colours and themes. Warmer lighting casts a soft orange glow on a room. It makes space feel cosier and more inviting.
When you are designing a room you need to take into account how the lighting will present itself. It can be easy to design a beautiful room but the room is dark and dull. You need to add ways to have more light to allow the room to look fresher and give the illusion that the room is bigger. Having better lighting will make your overall mood better and happier rather than darker rooms that will make you feel tired. Having a couple of mirrors in the room will bounce and reflect the light around the room. Switching dark wallpaper and paint to white or light colours will lighten the room also. Placing some more lights around the room will instantly add more light into your room such as mirror lights, lamps and spotlights. You could even place some lights in wardrobes and cupboards to add even more light in hidden areas.
That being said, you need to think about more than the light itself when it comes to this design element of your household. You need to think about the style of the lighting fixtures you choose. You might want to consider sculptural fixtures if you want to make a bold and enticing statement with your lighting. Bold and contemporary shapes really add something to the character of the room. Light is already a focal point, of course, but it’ll be much more captivating if it’s packaged in a well-designed fixture. If you’re opting for more of a classic approach then you might want to get a chandelier. It all depends on the vibe you want for each room in your humble abode. The point is that lighting has a huge effect on the overall feel of your home.
What interior design tips do you have? Let me know in the comments below.
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