It can be easy to get swept up in interior design trends, particularly when Pinterest is making us all feel self-conscious about the state of our homes. Everyone has different needs for the home, some strive for absolute comfort with others have practical considerations such as children or pets. And some just want to live in a show home which is always ready to receive visitors.
The first step to deciding your interior decor style is to establish your needs and stop falling for every fad trend that crops up on social media and design blogs.
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Less is more, and there’s no situation in life more suited to this saying quite like interior design. Learning to pare down your style and ensuring every item in your home is functional and necessary is a key skill. This doesn’t mean you have to get rid of all your furniture and possessions, but you do need to make sure you’re working with the space available and that your furniture and accessories are in proportion to the room.
Choose function over style
Depending on your individual circumstances, you should always consider function over style. If you have children, glass furnishings won’t be practical, and if you have pets, you might want to avoid potted plants. Focus on building a practical and functional home instead a show room. If you’re looking for hard-wearing furniture, you might want to consider using cane furniture for a comfortable alternative. Using wicker furniture has been widely discussed and supported in industry publications such as Houzz, for being one of the top timeless treats to follow due to its durable nature.
Working with colour
If you’re a first time homeowner, you’ll probably be tempted to paint every room in your house a difficult colour just to rebel against the wall to wall magnolia you’ve become accustomed to. Instead, refresh your walls with a fresh lick of paint in a neutral colour. Neutral can still make a bold statement, provided you pair it with the right furnishings.
Aim for quality over quantity
High quality furnishings will stand the test of time and project a stronger aesthetic than low quality alternatives. Although it can be tempting to buy cheap furniture so you can update it with the changing trends, purchasing high quality and hard-wearing furniture will serve you better over the years. High quality rattan furniture is making its way indoors this season, offering a dual use alternative to indoor-specific furniture.
Derek Dawson, the owner of Dawson Property Management, also suggests investing in timeless quality furniture instead of low quality alternatives. Through his years of experience, he's seen this approach always pay off in the long run (when it comes to resale value).
Regardless of your chosen decor, finding a suitable storage solution for your clutter is one of the easiest ways to create a happy home. Keep clutter out of sight of guests by introducing innovative storage solutions into your home. Using covered boxes on a shelf will be more attractive than leaving loose items laying around.
Make the most of natural lighting
Work with the light available to get the most out of your space. Too much lighting can make a space uninviting and uncomfortable, while a lack of lighting can make small spaces seem dingy. Introduce window treatments that make the most of the light at all times of the day. At night, use lamps instead of ceiling lights to create a warm and inviting glow.