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Let’s face it, most of us are not interior design experts. As a result, there are some pretty basic and overused themes we encounter when visiting the inside of the average home. Most home interiors consist of “safe” designs, which probably compare to the layout and design of our childhood homes (which probably isn’t a good thing).
Let us help you transform your home interior design from last year’s—or last decade’s—styles to today’s. We’ll introduce you to interior design secrets you can easily utilise (right now) to set your home apart from the rest.
Skip the sofa
Most of us have one, but none of us need one. If you want to be aligned with the most average of homes, the typical matching sofa, loveseat, and armchair are a must. Since we’re not here to introduce you to average, we recommend that you reconsider that traditional setup.
Although sofas can be nice and comfortable, they are often bulky and lack practicability, especially when there are more than two people sitting on them. Replace your sofa with a single love-seat or two to three upholstered chairs.
Consider thinking even more outside-the-box by choosing different patterns, colours or textures for each piece. Breaking up the single, large sofa into multiple attractive furniture pieces offers more versatility and practicability for both style and use.
Pull your furniture away from walls
We’ll admit that this isn’t the most comfortable idea, but it will work wonders in any room when you try it. For example, if you pull all the pieces of furniture away from the walls that are set in your living room’s seating arrangement, you will find that it creates a warmer atmosphere in the room.
Often, when learning about this design tactic, people are concerned with giving up their precious square footage. If this is a concern of yours, force yourself to disregard it and try it out. Even if you pull your seating furniture between 10 and 15 centimetres away from the walls, there is a significant improvement in the flow and aura in the room.
Use dark paint in small spaces
The old interior decorating adage says: use light colours to open up a room. If you have a tiny room or space in your home, try a dark colour to create an intriguing vibe. Chocolate browns or velvety reds can give a small room some sex appeal, while forest greens and deep blues can provide a classic and eclectic feel.
Use large wall art to make a statement
Adding large wall art to a small room to make it seem more open may seem just as counter-intuitive as using dark colours to paint a small room. While adding large wall art to a small room will give a more open feel, large wall art makes a bold statement in a room regardless of the room’s size.
A few rules of thumb when picking out the right artwork:
- Pick a piece with a similar shape to the wall on which it will be displayed. If the wall is shorter than it is wide, then the artwork should be the same.
- Choose a piece that visually speaks to you and be able to pinpoint the emotion it generates. It’s your room, so make the art echo your personality in some way.
- Be sure to cover a lot of the wall space without covering more than half of the wall’s measured area. If the wall is 7.5 square metres, try not to cover more than 3.75 square metres of wall space.
Don’t forget your curtains
Curtains or blinds are a must: it would be a design flaw to skip over them. You should display curtains in every room that has a window to avoid the feeling of nakedness in each of the spaces.
A neat way to hang your curtains is to post the curtain rod as close to the ceiling as you can. This creates an illusion of higher ceilings. Also, avoid allowing the bottom of the curtain to reach anywhere above three centimetres from the floor. Anything higher than that will have an effect similar to too-short pants.
While some of these tips may require a little bit of planning, they’re all quite simple to follow. Give your home some pow by experimenting with these design tactics.