The interior layout of your home or commercial building will impact how you feel about your residence. A warm and cozy home will be warm and inviting and a place where you love to relax with your family at the end of a working day. An office interior that is bright and airy and that contains greenery and water features is an office where the staff members will work their hardest, putting maximum effort into what they do. A dull office is a place where no one wants to work and where few business deals will be successfully completed. So, how do you make sure that your interior layout provides the vibe you are looking for? Read on for tips and tricks that will ensure you are 100% happy with your property.
In the family home, you need to be organized, and that includes the way you arrange your furniture. Although your home should flow, you should try to organize spaces that are devoted to different things. For example, you should have an area devoted to study, another to dining, and another to watching TV. It is common for people to eat their dinner sat in front of the TV, but this should be avoided. An area of the home for dining, albeit in the kitchen if you don’t have a separate area will give your family somewhere to sit and chat without the distraction of the TV.
Prints and Photographs
Walk into any home or indeed office, and the walls aren’t bare. You will always find photographs or pictures that adorn the walls, or posters in a teenage room. However, buying artwork to display on the wall can be an expensive business, and we have a solution that is money-saving and perfect. Your personal photographs can be used as art on the wall. These can be photos of your family, or indeed landscape photos that you have taken. If you are tech-savvy, you can even edit your photos and get them ready on a USB drive to take to the printers. Another tip however is not to go overboard by displaying dozens of images of your children all over the walls.
Painting the Walls
There is no rule book that says you can’t paint your walls black, but you won’t see many houses with black walls. Light colored walls provide a light environment and of course provide the illusion of space in your home. The color you choose should match or blend with your accessories such as your soft furnishing and other furniture. If you are intending on selling on your property at a later date, it really is best to choose neutral colors. You can look for inspiration online, in magazines, or indeed in decorated showhouses that you find in many towns.
If you are not 100% convinced about the color you have chosen for your walls, start by painting one prominent wall and allowing it to dry. Then if you don’t like the color, you have a lot less to repaint. Pastel colors are great for kids’ rooms including blues, yellows, and pinks. Remember however that your kids will grow up quickly, so to avoid having to redecorate in a few years, choose colors and a style that will be good for them for at least five years.
A dull home or office is one that simply isn’t inviting. Your home may be dull for many reasons; one being that it doesn’t get a lot of natural sunlight. This is often the case when you live in a built up area. It is essential to ensure that each room in your house has ample lighting. Choose from LED strips or traditional chandeliers; but try to avoid one single bulb hanging from the ceiling of each room with an outdated lampshade.
When you are deciding on the interior design for your home, you will have looked at magazines and online, and seen many dream homes that you would love yours to look like when finished. However, your home will never look like something in a magazine if it is full of clutter. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t have some personal effects on display. But, if you can’t move for clutter you will never relax at the end of the day. If your room doesn’t look like what you hoped it would, you won’t be happy with the results of your decorating and interior design.
So, ensure you have dedicated storage spaces around the home where you can put things away. If you have young children, designate an area of the home where they can bring out their toys and place. There is no excuse for finding kids toys in the kitchen, bathroom, or dining room. If a child is happy with his or her room, he/she will spend more time there and won’t bring out clutter and spread it all around the home. When designing your child’s room, look at things from their perspective, providing them with everything they need in their room.
Center Furniture and Rugs
A staple in most homes is center furniture such as a coffee table. Coffee tables should not be used for collecting junk and will only look great in the center of your living room if they are covered in magazines, mail envelopes, and kids’ toys. Choose a few things to display on your table such as a bowl with pebbles or stones, or some dried flowers in a low vase. What you display on your coffee table however will of course depend on if you have young children or mischievous pets.
Last but not least, let’s talk about your flooring. Carpets are totally passé, but in the winter it’s nice to have something warm under foot. A rug in the lounge room by the sofa is an excellent idea, and another in front of the fire, should you have a fireplace. Laminate flooring are excellent and are easy to clean, and are a lot less hard than tiles; tiled floors are extremely cold in the winter and should be avoided if you have young children who can slip and fall. If you really love the feel of carpet under your feet, you could use carpet just in your bedrooms. But remember, when it comes to resale, they certainly won’t add value to your home.