Here we enlist some tips to guide you through the basics of home design. Do consult a professional architect or an Interior designer during the implementation stages.
Strike a comfortable balance between you and your family regarding the styles that reflects your lifestyle. Read on and you’ll discover useful tips on how to decipher your home decor style:
Where do you live?
Do you live in the city/ suburb/ town or village? Decorate your home in a way that is consistent with the surroundings and the area you reside in.
Is the home dark/ excessively sunny/ light and airy?
If you’re redecorating, carefully consider solutions that will sort out excessive sun, wind, light or ventilation problems.
How would you like to furnish your house?
Take a good look at the existing furniture and decor and you’ll understand your preferences. Try to work with similar colors and styles. Make it a point to visit different homes and click pictures of ideas you particularly admire.
Colouring your home.
While deciding colour , don’t just pick your favourite colour, select something which you would like to live with for a long period of time.
Style according to your personality and status.
Your home speaks a lot about your occupation, personality and tastes. Keep in mind all these factors, also consider if you will be entertaining many people etc.; plan for rooms and styles accordingly.
When you have decided on the styling you want for your home, it’s important to first assemble all the fabric, flooring and wallpaper samples. Check all the samples together in the home and live with the combination for a few days to see if you and your family are happy with the outcome.
The living room is the most important room in your house as you entertain your guests there. The outside world assesses your house and, indeed, your standards, by the appearance of your living room.
While planning this space, you need to combine comfort and efficiency along with striking interiors. Seating arrangements need to be flexible so that varying numbers of people can be accommodated without making small groups seem lost or large ones squashed up together.
Here are some tips for making your living room into comfortable and charming.
The color is very important. Choose lighter and neutral shades for the walls.
Positioning of the furniture: It is better to divide the room into two or three separate seating areas for ease of entertaining small/ large groups together.
Use area rugs to define seating areas.
If your furniture is in neutral colors, add lots of colorful and decorative pillows to make it inviting.
A small fishpond and a fountain are also charming additions to living room décor.
You can also place a decorative room divider to divide room into the TV room and a living room.
The lighting in the living room should be both general and diffused.
If you are staying in an apartment, investing in a sleeper sofa is a better idea than having a regular sized sofa.
An ideal bedroom should be welcoming and uninhibitedly personal, yet comfortable and inviting.
Do keep in mind the following:
1. First, establish all the bedrooms in relation to the others. Think about the electricity supply, water supply etc. to the bedroom.
2. Jot down a list of requirements in terms of activities, necessary furniture and space allotment. The top priority should be given to the placement of the bed.
3. If you are using furniture with lighter legs or bases or if they are wall mounted, your room will look larger than having the same items solid to the floor.
4. A single colored bedroom is easier to live in than a multi-colored bedroom.
5. If your room is air-conditioned, consider carpeting the room.
6. Bedroom windows should be designed such that there is enough privacy without disturbing the penetration of natural light and air. Try various curtains or blinds.
7. Think about using tinted glass, opaque Perspex, stained glass or mirrored paper for the window glass.
A dining room is the space where family members come together at meal times or during study time. Hence, it needs good planning and the right balance of functionality, comfort and conveniences.
1. The dining room must be close to the kitchen.
2. The chairs must be comfortable and the table surface should be durable.
3. Choose versatile dining furniture that shifts easily between simple family dinners and grand celebrations.
4. Update the ‘look’ each season with an easy switch out of table linens and centrepieces.
5. For added flair, hang decorative pendants or a chandelier that draws interest by day or by night.
Here are some fun and creative ways to liven up your kitchen-
1. It is advisable to use a sound insulating material to keep the kitchen quietly.
2. If your kitchen is already paved with brick or rubble try to use appropriate plastic coating. A matt finish coat is the best.
3. Install an efficient extraction system or else the ceiling will be permeated with grease and unpleasant smells.
4. If a kitchen hob is too expensive consider a ventilating fan. Some appliances now contain their own ventilating systems.
5. Fit tungsten tubes, concealed behind the wall cupboard units for optimum top lighting.
6. Fluorescent lights do not suit kitchens as they distort the colour of food.
7. Blinds are more efficient in kitchens rather than curtains. If you insist on curtains, make sure they are fire proof; also do ensure that the wind doesn’t blow them over the hob when the window is open.
8. Select a layout that facilitates smooth, unhindered movement between all points of activity in the kitchen, easy access from the kitchen to the entrance of your house and vice-versa.
9. The kitchen should have adequate exposure to sun and fresh air.
10. Ensure that you select a kitchen finish that is tough and can withstand hard wear.
Bath Rooms / Toilets:
1. The flooring must be waterproof. Cheaper floor finishes include vinyl sheets or tiles.
2. Carpets can also be used under very special circumstances where it could be kept dry.
3. If you are going for economical waterproof walls, try while tiles, Perspex sheet or paint.
4. For medium priced waterproof walls, go for plastic laminate, cork or flotex.
If you prefer expensive waterproof finishes select from tiles, mosaics, glass or mirror.
5. You will need general lights plus very good lighting for shaving and make-up.
6. Use mirrors and ceiling lights for reflections or you can even create smart focal points with lighting.
7. Provide lower powered fittings for shower sockets. Lights have to have pulled switches.
8. Always employ a qualified electrician in wiring, as you are more vulnerable to electric shocks in the bathroom.
9. If you have a shower in the bathrooms, extra ventilation will be needed. An extractor fan could be helpful in such a case. Always choose a large one.