Interior design needs to be a delicate balance between practicality and beauty. Let’s examine some concepts which can help us to achieve this in our homes.
Reach Out to Experts
If you are redesigning a room which incorporates many elements, such as the kitchen, it can be very helpful to call on the help of experts rather than trying to achieve it all yourself. While this may seem an additional expense, it will save you time, stress and even money in the long run.
There are so many kitchen styles available it is essential to view what they will look like in the space you have available. Modern CAD software allows you to design your kitchen down to the nearest millimetre, and quickly switch in and out cabinet styles, materials, appliances, colours and even accessories to see which you like best. The final version can then be rendered in 3D to allow you to see the finished room.
If you are changing structural details within a building you should also call on expert help in the form of an architect. Whilst interior design can be left to you as the homeowner it is better to have professional advice when it comes to planning permission, load bearing walls and how best to achieve the layout you want in the space available.
Choose Furniture Wisely
Another huge element of interior design is your choice of furniture. This needs to be functional but also pleasing to the eye. Modern design is definitely one which favours simplicity, neutral colours and clean lines. If you can make customizations to the furniture, changing specifications such as colour, size and height, then so much the better. Mezzo sofas are now popular because of this very reason; they are very flexible and can be made to fit almost any shaped room.
Furniture should also include storage where possible as the minimalist look is one we all aspire to even if it’s just in the sense of not keeping clutter on show. Marie Kondo seems to have taken the world by storm lately and her four books on de-cluttering and organisation show us how to dispose of anything we either don’t love or which doesn’t serve us. The rest can be kept out of sight, and out of mind, in wardrobes, cupboards and drawers, leaving our rooms clear and fresh.
Recognise the Impact of Colour
Whether we choose neutral colours for our walls and accessories or whether we favour bold statement colours and patterns, we shouldn’t underestimate the impact on the overall design. Every colour affects our psychology and it is wise to bear this in mind when decorating our homes. For example while you may love blue it may feel cold in a bedroom, so you will need to incorporate other elements to warm the room up and give it a welcoming feel. Think about how different colours impact you personally and see how you can best fit them into the overall look. If you prefer to change things up quite regularly it is a good idea to choose white or cream for the walls and add pops of colour through the introduction of rugs, carpets, curtains and cushions. This can also be a good solution if you and your partner are unable to decide on a colour scheme you both like.
Interior design is an art because you are taking the blank canvas of your home and creating something which will bring you pleasure for many years to come. Therefore, when you are making purchasing decisions think long term and decide how any item you bring into your home is going to serve you, both now and into the future.