It’s easy to just settle for practicality and functionality when it comes to the interior design of your home, especially if you’re on a budget or if you have small children. Most people are happy with a comfy couch and the TV in an optimal position, but there are ways to brighten your home and give it a new lease of life with the simplest of tricks.
Wallpaper can be costly and if you’ve spotted a design you like but can’t really afford it, think about just having a feature wall in your home. It’s cheaper and can be really striking if done right and with a complimenting shade of paint on the other walls. Another wallpaper tip is to apply it landscape rather than the usual, “normal” portrait hang. It’s a little unorthodox and only works with striped designs, but it can look really cool and can add the illusion of length to a room.
If you have a small home, or even just a small lounge or kitchen, the easiest way to make the best of that is to have light coloured walls. Cream, magnolia, pistachio and oatmeal are great neutral bases upon which to build a colour scheme, and it also gives you the option to change your colour scheme if you get bored because the base of the room is a neutral shade; cost effective as well as easy to maintain.
The same applies to flooring. Wood floors, carpets or even lino can be jazzed up easily with patterned rugs and runners which are available cheaply enough for you to switch your colour scheme round once a year. As long as the colour of the flooring is neutral, you’ll find it easy enough to match a rug to the carpet and vice versa.
Most skirting boards, doors and woodwork in homes are neutral for the get go. Magnolia is a popular choice, and of course goes well with everything.
That’s the main parts of the home, the walls and floor; stay tuned for part two where we’ll talk about accessories and soft furnishings!