With the New Year not far away, it’s probably a good time to look into some interior design ideas to refresh your home and give it something of a makeover without splashing out too much cash. So here are ten excellent general design tips to give you a little inspiration.
Use two contrasting pairs of cushions to enhance the appeal and comfort of a couch. Mix and match the two contrasting patterns or sizes for the best effect.
MULTIPLE SEATING OPTIONS
The dining area need not be one table surrounded by six identical chairs. Pair a couple of traditional dining chairs with a pair of a more modern design along with a longer cushioned bench to enhance your dining area’s style (as well as your seating options).
THINK BIG IN THE BEDROOM
One interesting trick that can help make your bedroom appear larger is installing a high-standing bed with a large headboard. Contrary to what it sounds like, the bigger bed and large headboard actually help the room appear to grow.
OPEN DISPLAY CABINETS
If you have a cabinet like an armoire with items such as your finest china on display (or literally anything for that matter) then try leaving the cabinet doors open for the wonders within to have a stronger influence on the vibe of the room.
Small rooms can greatly benefit from dark colours being used when painting the walls. The darker shades help diminish the immediate smallness of the room.
NO MORE BATHMATS
Instead of the standard bathmat so many of us use in the bathroom, use a much larger real rug which can usually take much more wear and tear than a bathmat anyway.
Utilise space above doors and at the top of cupboards for storages purposes. This is an excellent way of making the best out of a small area or to maintain a larger area’s openness while still allowing you to store your gear.
LAYER THE LIGHTING
Multiple lamps are ideal for creating a warm and comforting atmosphere in a room, but layering them is equally as important. Four lamps all at the same height won’t be as inviting as four lamps with two on one level and two either higher or lower.
If you have a couch and a matching armchair along with a high table and some dining-style chairs in the same room, all the legs can create a less than relaxing atmosphere. Solve that problem by simply skirting the couch and armchair and any other suitable item with multiple legs.
Any room corners that don’t see a lot of action and are pretty much useless space can be livened up with a lovely potted plant. And it doesn’t just affect the lonely corner, but a large potted plant with its vibrant green leaves can cheer the whole room up.