We all know that designers have a lot of tips and tricks in their bag, interior design tricks that would help them enhance and emphasize a space, manipulate perception and evoke the feelings needed. Every space can become better, every space can be enhanced, the attention is always in details, in textures and colors, furniture and spatiality. Whether you are looking to redesign your modern mansion, move into a small new apartment, redesign your living room or even lobby there are always methods tips and tricks to aid you in your endeavors. Further on we will present you ten easy simple principles that everyone should know and use if needed.
1. Smaller spaces and rooms would be enhanced by warm, soft, lighter colors that would enlarge them
The most used home is the living room and thanks to the time spent in it and multitude of activities that can be developed within, the living room has a general tendency to get cramped and crowded by hundreds of objects, useful or less useful. With this interior you can work whether you dispatch the object or not, even though we hardly recommend you to analyze your surroundings and get rid of worthless stuff.
Small rooms and crowded rooms alike can be enhanced by light, a bigger window or a clean clear window, without curtains and shutters would definitely help. You can add mirrors where possible to create the optical illusion of space and you should definately help the light bounce in the room by using warm colors. In the same manner you can make a space feel smaller with dark colors if that is what you are looking for. Perspective points are also crucial, you may distract attention and focus it in desired spots in order to obtain the desire effect; a complex object can create this effect, sculptural furniture or just bold colors that would create a high contrast easily. A chimney can work just as well if needed.
2.Decorative windows are instantly sending light instantly through space without eating huge wall surfaces
This is definitely not a major change but it is able to make a difference, if the space would be better illuminated it would definitely look bigger. You might want to place them strategically if you are placing them, in a direct relation with the windows can help, they can illuminate a space instantly if positioned right; these mirrors can be quite artistic sculptural, in different planes, in different sizes or even different color tones.
An extravagant example that uses such mirrors would be: Extravangant Sci-Fi Kitchen Entitled Parametrix in Moscow by Geometrix and we highly encourage you to throw a look.
3.Mix up patterns and textures, different colors and different vibes, old and new materials, expensive accents in inexpensive environments
We definitely can not renegade our roots, our taste and habits for the sake of design. A good design encourages your well being and is subdued to your way of life. It`s only natural to place your family heirlooms where you feel they belong, or were they were before the redesign in the room, if it feels natural to you, if it`s relevant to you it should be relevant to your design as well. A good interior design would actually like to have some anchors in design, those are the important facts or habits that could dictate the entire theme and fit your home as a glove. Every item no matter how ugly or beautiful is a time capsule, things happened in their presence, items and furniture have seen and witnessed your entire life, some are more relevant then others and some may be easier to be kept in the new design. An antique Chippendale desk on which your grandmother has written stories to you grandmother during the war should definitely not be overlooked, it should never be overlook or dispatched in the favor of a new shiny IKEA desk. And in the end, if a new modern design line it`s utterly important for you you have to include and envision another method of keeping it. We are not even going to enter the art field. We just wanted to present you the memory kept by your own furniture, the things that it witnessed around you.
It is also important to feel at home within your home, if you like cold minimalist white interior designs you should materialize one, you should pick the design line that you like not the general forum opinion one. Fabrics are very relevant in this chapter, whether it`s furniture, armchairs, rugs or pillows they should all consider your design line and taste, several textures and colors are creating a more pronounced vibe whilst others are rather neutral, you have to carefully choose background textures and colors and accents to go along with them.
4. Choose comfort; your own comfort comes first!
Wonderful things are always coming in small packages, small things, small gestures and details. These should have your own blueprint more then anything. If you are really moody for example and the seasons are influencing you you definitely have to do something about it. Small removable covers for pillows or sofas to blend in with your attitude and season would help. If you celebrate major holidays and you enjoy the merry time brought along why not enhance it? Décor for it with different design packages, candles to match the seasons colors, wreaths where possible and fitted, pumpkins or simple flower pots covers, everything can influence a good cozy and warm home. In the same manner if you hate colors, who says you can`t go absolutely completely black and white design? It`s your comfort and you come first.
5. Wicker baskets and accessories
Both economical and elegant wicker baskets can fit pretty much any scenario and style if fitted with the right shape volume and color. They can cheap additional storage wherever needed whether we are talking about books, magazines, toys, blankets or towels in the bathroom. Spreading them around the home may become a secondary design theme if used right, they can even sit on the counter top in your kitchen, displaying your favorite spicing packs, fruits or vegetables.
6. Consider using objects that you already own in the redesign
In this consumerist world in which we live in we all own more then we need, more then we can handle most of the time. I`m sure there is at least one item in your home that you have disconsidered after purchase that sits in a box somewhere, I`m sure there more actually but I can bet that at least one may be useful at a second glance. In the worst case scenario the internet is filled with do it yourself project, we`ve featured some on Homesthetics as well, you can give a second life to pretty much anything with the right accessories. Be yourself, be creative, cherish everything that can be cherish and save absolutely everything that you can save, make the world a better place for you and the ones around you.
PS: You can save items or give a second life to items and objects through recycle as well, a plastic bag can become your next juice bottle, think positive and be positive, become the change that you would like to see in the world.
7. Complete your kitchen with a hanging pot holder
After the living room, the kitchen is probably the most used space, we spend much time in here preparing meals, serving them or just entertaining the loved ones. Make your kitchen warmer, cozier with a hanging pot rack, it can both useful and elegant. These can become really something very interesting depending on what color you use and what layout you have in the kitchen. If you are using a hanging pot holder we would love to see some pictures, maybe even publish them right here.
8. Greenery all the way
Step up and do it! Add plants in all possible places, small or large, a few or the entire botanic garden, you have the measure and you should decide on how much you need. Plants are extraordinary inexpensive means to accesorize your home, they add colors, they add texture and depth within the interior. Beside the aesthetic values provided plants are also providing some fresh aid while balancing humidity. Some plants are also know for absorbing harmful gases from air and absorbing plants, no interior space that respects it self should be spared, every single favorable space should have the touch of nature.
We gave you a lot of reasons to go green, we invite you to provide just one real reason not to.
9.Paint ! Paint or wallpaper your bookcases!
There are pieces of furniture which are two expensive to change often, two hard to replace thanks to their size layout and so on. For these there is also a viable option: paint. A fresh paint in a different color will change the interior instantly, a bright green might instantly re-energize the room while a black matte can tone it down and give the noble elegant look that you have always wanted. In the same manner you can use a wallpaper on furniture, this is a little more difficult method. A wallpaper application is still far cheaper then changing the furniture and it can add almost any texture pattern or color. We suggest you to start small, to an expedit bookshelves from IKEA or an old small coffee table that you would like to replace, your first attempt may not be the best one. Patience is a virtue.
10. Tone down hardwood floor with warm and cozy rugs!
Last but not least is using rugs in all sizes colors and textures to warm your rooms and create another level of comfort.And although hardwood floors can look sophisticated and elegant, they can’t provide you the same comfy feeling you get when you walk barefoot on a fluffy rug. Try mixing textures and colors with the rest of your interior design and adapt it accordingly to season and occasion. Just play with it and have fun. After all, everything presented by us above is meant to improve your home and help you create that perfect environment you have always been looking for.