Home is where we spend time with our loved ones and where we can relax and be ourselves after a long busy day. Our homes are our havens, our safe places, and so investing in them to create the perfect living space is always a great idea.
Design has the power to turn an uninspiring space into a room that can both express your personal style and make a great first impression on visitors. There are so many creative and clever ways for you to improve the living space in your home.
But where to start?
Here is our ultimate guide to creating beautiful interiors that will help you transform your home
Be Creative and Resourceful with Small Spaces
If you are living in a small apartment, decorating small living spaces can be very challenging. With limited space, it is more difficult to fit in everything that you need in your apartment and still make your home look good. However, designing a small living space can be really interesting and enjoyable if you know how.
When space is limited, you should resist shopping for bulky and sole purpose furniture. Instead, use multi-purpose furniture such as a coffee table or seat with in-built storage. Mirrors can enlarge spaces so make sure to have a thoughtfully placed mirror or two to enlarge your space and add more touches of your personality. Use light colors to make your room look bigger and add textures and layers of color to create depth.
Get your Lighting Right
All interior designers agree that lighting can either make or break a home. There are far too many people, however, who don’t pay enough attention to lighting and put it at the bottom of their list of interior priorities. The ideal lighting for your home will depend on the style of your home’s interior. A pendant lamp can be good for a contemporary design whilst an antique floor lamp will fit better in a more traditional home.
When it comes to lighting, you should choose something that best fits your style but also provides optimum illumination. Your lighting setup should suit your lifestyle. Make sure that you have the right mix of general lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. Consider the activities that will take place in each room then plan the perfect intensity and color to create the right atmosphere in every room.
Experiment with Color and Tone
Color has a profound effect on our mood and on different spaces. Color can communicate and express different emotions and meanings through each piece of furniture in a room. In order to best use color to enhance your home, you need to understand how colors interact with each other and how they can influence our moods.
Typically, colors can be divided into two categories; cool and warm. Cool tones like blues, purples and greens can be used to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere, whilst warm tones like reds, yellows and oranges can energize people and spaces. Make sure that you mindfully pick colors for walls and flooring to optimize the space. For example, a working room like an office or kitchen may benefit from warm colors whereas a relaxing area like a bedroom or living room works great when decorated in cool tones. Note that with experience and experiment, the two tones can be mixed to create color patterns that are appealing and will work perfectly in any space. Remember when choosing a wall color to first paint a swatch to see how each color changes in different light.
Use All Your Space
Many of us feel the urge to place all of our furniture up against the walls, but often bringing sofas into the center of the room can create a more cozy and sociable space, especially when you have an open-plan living room. Open-plan living rooms create a spacious and airy feel to your home, which makes them a popular choice of design for many modern houses.
If you want to have an open-plan living room but don’t know where to start, begin by planning around the sofa. As the largest piece of furniture in the room, it is easiest to arrange everything else around the sofa. Note that this rule can also be applied with a bed in the bedroom or a dining table in the dining room.
Seeing the same décor and living in a boring looking house for years can be dispiriting. Everyone deserves to live in a house that makes them excited to come home each day. This ultimate guide can assist you in creating beautiful interiors that will help to make your home the perfect place to live.