Home interior design plays a big part in our lives but is often overlooked. It is what we see and live in everyday in our homes. It is what makes our house a home.
So, what makes a home? A home should be a reflection of its inhabitants’ lifestyles, interests and needs. In theory, no two homes should look alike. In reality, we all share similar tastes. So how do you differentiate your home and make it yours?
Here, we list of common questions homeowners have on home interior.
1. What design should I choose?
This is the start of your home interior journey as it acts as the foundation. The design of your home should be something you are comfortable with. You are going to spend quite a significant amount of money on renovation, so make sure it is something you can live with for around 30 years or so. On this note, try not to choose trending designs that everyone is crazy about but choose the one that resonates with you instead. It’ll be an expensive regret if you don’t make the right choice.
If you can’t figure out which design you should choose, look at your personal belongings. They show you who you are and what you like. For example, if you collect antiques and have old books lying around, go for the vintage look. If you love music, sports or automobiles, go for the industrial look. Don’t have many things in your possession, go for the minimalist look. There’s something for everyone.
Another way to figure out your design is by choosing your best moments in life. For example, your first trip was to Japan and you love everything about its culture, people, architecture, then choose an oriental look.
2. How do I choose the right colour palette?
Colour palette involves a range of matching colours that works in a room. It helps to bring out the design of the room, so this very much goes hand-in-hand with the design you have already chosen.
Popular designs that are trending nowadays such as modern, contemporary, scandinavian and minimalist all involve similar colour ranges, example, white, grey, brown hues. These designs involve natural tones in their designs. If you prefer bolder colours in your home, designs like vintage and retro might be more suitable.
The aesthetics of your home should work within the colour palette you have chosen. Having colour swatches would help a great deal as you can see it right in front of you. You can mix and match the colours that you like based on the design you have chosen. You can use these colours on textiles such as carpets and curtains, paint, decor items like cushions and pillows, bedsheets, furniture and many more.
3. How do I furnish my home?
The furniture in your home should not only work for you but again, goes hand-in-hand with the design that you have chosen. When choosing furniture for your home, design, colour and comfort should be taken into account but most important of all, your lifestyle needs should be the first criteria.
For example, make sure you have enough storage for your stuff, especially if you have a family with kids. It would help to keep all things in order such as books, toys, clothes, gadgets and more. Whether it is built-in cabinetry or store-bought bookshelves and wardrobes, the right furniture should ease the lifestyles of everyone living in the home.
4. How do I personalise my home?
There’s so many ways to personalise your home.
One of the ways is by displaying your personal mementos. Mementos and/or memories of your life milestones make great personalisation to your home. Hang up photos of your first birthday, graduations, engagement, wedding. Display your travel souvenirs on a wall shelf. Place your favourite books on a bookshelf or your photo albums on the coffee table.
Another way is to display your talents. If you published your first book, place it somewhere significant where your guests can see. You love to paint? Frame it up and hand it on a wall. You love playing musical instruments? Create a music corner for your instruments and musical notes. You have green fingers? Beautify your home with plants.
The option is endless!
5. How do I maintain my home?
Keeping your home clean ensures not only good living conditions but upkeep of the home as well. There needs to be regular cleaning to keep your home the comfortable and beautiful space that you have made it to be right from the start. It defeats the purpose to pay so much for renovation in the beginning only to jeopardise it by not cleaning up after yourself. It actually costs more money if you don’t keep your home clean in the long run.
An easy way to ensure proper upkeep is by making sure your electrical appliances like air conditioner, fridge and cooking hob are working well. These appliances take up quite a chunk of your budget when you first move into your home and when they are malfunctioning, they might affect your daily life. Extra expenses might occur such as air conditioning leakage that ruins family photos that you have displayed on the wall just below the aforementioned air conditioning unit. Or all your food goes bad when your fridge’s motor dies out – that’s hundreds of dollars of food wastage!