Your home should be so much more than simply a place to live. It should be a place where you can express your personality; it should be a place where you can relax and enjoy your time. It should be more than merely a backdrop for your life. Instead it should be an active contributor to it. For that to be possible you need to design a space that reflects you and perfectly meets the needs and priorities of your life. Follow our top home design tips and you will find yourself heading in the right direction.
Control the light
Controlling the amount of light that comes into your home is a very important step towards creating the perfect living environment. Just as it is important to avoid creating overly dark spaces, it is vital to minimise glare and overheating in naturally light rooms. There is a huge range of options you can use from window shades to roman blinds. Roller blinds too offer a simple, elegant solution that can be incorporated fairly seamlessly into most design visions. Get on top of any light issues in your home and you will immediately find that the space becomes more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable as well.
Know your limitations
Before you make any bold decision, you need to make sure that you know what you are trying to achieve and that you can achieve it. There is nothing more dispiriting than a half finished project and if that project is your home, it will have a serious effect on your quality of life. It is vital therefore that you know your budget before you start and that you work within it. A simply decorated and furnished home that is complete and coherent will be far more appealing than a home that is half decorated in grand style and then finished on the cheap or not at all.
Create a coherent look
Your home need not look identical throughout, but where possible you should try to create a coherent design that allows one space to flow into the next. You can furnish and decorate rooms differently, but always think how they work together. One way of doing this is to use the same flooring throughout multiple rooms, so that there is no abrupt change from one room to another. Alternatively you could use similar styles of furniture, while varying colour schemes.
The kitchen is often the most used room in the home, so it is worth focusing your attention here. Moreover it is a space where functionality, as well as appearance, is of paramount importance. When you are designing the room, imagine yourself using the space. While you are standing in front of the cooker, is the fridge within easy reach? How about the sink? Make sure you can picture yourself using the space before you go ahead. Once you have your layout, there is such a wide range of kitchen units and appliances that you can really go to town.
Don’t forget your outdoor areas when you are looking at ways to improve your home. Creating an attractive and comfortable space outside will make your living area feel much bigger. Providing protection from the sun is a key part of this, so think about shades or even a retractable awning. This will allow you to use your outside space throughout the day.