When your home is your castle or your retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you need to make it perfect. At the same time, you need to keep it functional and easy to maintain. With these things in mind, here are three of the best interior design tips that factor in both current design trends and functionality.
If you have watched the latest episodes of home renovation shows you will have noticed a trend. More homeowners are turning to concrete as a way to decorate their larger surfaces such as staircases, flooring and even walls. This ties in with a growing appreciation for the industrial chic aesthetic that has swept the world.
Whether you are a flag bearer of the interior industrial revolution or not, it is hard to argue that concrete surfaces do not look appealing and are super easy to maintain. Microcement is part of this trend which is a highly versatile material that comprises of cement and water-based resin. It is incredibly strong and resistant to impacts as well as being easy to keep clean. The perfect combination for busy homeowners or stylish homeowners with children.
Yet, it is not the material that puts people off concrete aesthetic but the cost of adding it to your home. One of the biggest costs in these instances is labour time because it needs to be carefully installed. However, the best companies now offer microcement courses so you can learn how to apply it yourself and save money on your investment. Developing these skills will not only save money on upcoming renovations but could be a skill that keeps on giving as you develop other spaces or renovate other properties.
Make Smaller Rooms Bigger
It is not uncommon for any home to have a room or two which is a bit tight or much smaller than the others. Just because the dimensions of these rooms may be on the smaller side does not mean you cannot make them feel much bigger than they are. You may have heard about mirrors that reflect light and keep your space feeling, well, spacious. But there is another way…
Painting smaller spaces with slightly lighter colours than your bigger spaces can trick the eye into making them feel bigger – especially in comparison with the bigger spaces you may have just walked through. This is a great tip if your dining room and living area are a little unbalanced in the dimension department. You can restore that balance with some clever trickery with shades of white, grey and cream paints.
Bring the Outdoors Indoors
Airborne pollution is being covered extensively at current, with latest figures suggesting current pollution levels are shaving years off our lives on average and is now even more of a worldwide danger to human health than smoking!
Although the quality of air that we breathe when we leave our homes is a communal effort to improve, we do have a lot more control over the quality of air inside our properties. We can do this in different ways and one of them is by including plants inside our home.
Incorporating plants into interior design not only has the aforementioned health benefit, but they afford an array of aesthetic benefits too. Plants can provide a dash of colour and different textures that change the feeling and visuals of a room. One of the biggest hurdles when adding plants to a home is knowing how many are needed.
NASA has done their own clean air study which stated one plant will be enough for every 100 square feet. However, feel free to add a few more without creating a jungle inside your home. For busy mums and dads, it is best to choose plants that require little attention.
Remember It’s Yours!
Whatever you decide to do to your home’s interior, remember that it is completely yours and should work for you. Try not to be sucked into current trends and feel free to start your own trend. The three tips given above can work within different styles, so you can adapt them to your own preferences.