Designer Inspiration for Busy Homes
Decorating a brand-new home or redecorating your existing one is an exciting time. You have a world of flooring choices, paint colours and design styles to choose from. Unfortunately, you can become spoilt for choice and easily overwhelmed. Not to mention that falling down a rabbit hole of home décor ideas can become a full-time job.
However, there’s no need to feel daunted. Not only are there a myriad of experts out there to help guide your home design choices, but there are also a few simple things you can do to narrow down your options and define your style.
Design cues from nature
When you’re at a loss for design inspiration, take your cues from nature. This doesn’t mean you have to choose all greens and browns though. Look outside at how the ground is dark, the foliage is lighter, and the sky is lighter still. Now apply that to your home design. Start by choosing a dark flooring option, such as tactile stone or slate tiles, or you could choose rich and warm wooden or bamboo floorboards. Next look for paint colours and furnishings in slightly lighter colours than the floor you’ve chosen. Finally, as you add accents such as throw cushions and wall art, look for bright pops of colour.
Calm design for busy homes
In a busy home, you don’t want to be spending all your time cleaning and tidying. Storage implemented at the beginning of the design process will be integrated, functional and aesthetically pleasing all at the same time. For example:
- Design built-in storage systems, especially in the bedrooms and laundry.
- Always look for opportunities to add sleek overhead cupboards in light colours to keep them unobtrusive.
- Storage can be stylish in the form of ottomans or toy boxes which double as benches for the kids’ rooms.
- Use modern materials hybrid flooring for less upkeep and cleaning.
Also, take this opportunity to pare back your home. Inspirational design follows a ‘less is more’ concept. Spend time deciding what you want your home to say about you, and which of your possessions say that best. You’ll then be left with a truly stylish and personal home design.