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The right design ideas for our home decor

The right design ideas for our home decor
home decor
July 06
22:25 2017

Fiji has a warm tropical climate with a lifestyle that is said to be of relaxed living, comfort, ease, and hospitality.

Whether we actually live in a seaside paradise or just wish we did, we all want our homes to look impressive and clean with the right type of layout.

But when it comes to furnishing our homes it can be stressful at times. We want every room to be spacious and functional—allowing all of the occupants to enjoy the space as much as possible—and they also need to reflect our own unique passions and design ideas.

That’s why finding the right design ideas and inspiration is so important.

Great furnishing ideas are all around us, so keep an eye out for colours, textures, materials and arrangements as you visit other homes or flick through interior design magazines.

For some people, it might also be a good idea to consult design experts who can provide invaluable input regarding the colour scheme to use, the right blend of materials and how to make the most of large or confined spaces.

But the major way to collect design ideas is by using your boundless imagination to dream up interior spaces that excite your senses and make you inspired to carry out a project.

 

Decorating your house

When decorating a house it’s important to realise that you aren’t decorating an entire home, so don’t overreach or choose lavish projects.

Flats work best when they are suited to their inhabitants and feel homely, so decorate them in a way that makes people feel instantly comfortable and avoid big design statements. Colour is a key tool to use.

Lighter tones for walls and ceilings make rooms feel more spacious and combine beautifully with cushions or rich wooden floors.

A few well chosen artworks and posters can add character and an individual touch, while flowers always provide a warm, aromatic welcome to visitors.

Think about the colours, patterns and furnishings that you adore.

 

Furnishing large rooms

With large rooms, the major challenge is making it feel homely, welcoming and cosy.

With large exposed expanses of floor, cavernous walls and large windows, it is easy to feel alienated and uncomfortable, which designers really want to avoid.

A little greenery can go a long way. Try to arrange a few plants to combine with natural light to echo the softness of nature.

Try to include clear contrasts between warm colours—white walls and hardwood floors make a fine combination.

Using features like dadoes on walls and painting in two tones can also make high ceilings seem lower, and the whole room appear more homely. You can also use bookshelves, couches or tables as boundaries, effectively dividing a large room into several smaller, more manageable spaces.

 

Furnishing small rooms

Small rooms need to feel as big as possible, so choose lighter colours and forget about filling them with accessories or ornaments.

Stick to essential items, whether they are the bed, couches or tables—and make sure that space is left to move around in the room.

With a combination of light colours and natural light, any room can feel welcoming and spacious, even if this is just an illusion.

You might also consider having a few fold-down chairs or tables instead of permanent furnishings.

When these are needed, they can be easily unfolded, but at other times they won’t occupy precious space.

 

Decorating tips for small flats

For small flats, the challenge is to avoid the feeling of confinement.

Lighter colours are essential to maximise the feeling of space, and lighting is another vital consideration.

Try to include natural light which streams onto the main seating areas, as well as lighting that is integrated into features like cabinets or walls.

By using intelligent storage features you can ensure that essential items like plates are kept safe and accessible, without eating into precious living space.

You can also use smart seating options like window seats and wall-mounted benches or seating cushions. With a little design skill, any size of room can be beautifully furnished.

 

Decorating tips for students

Students need somewhere to sleep and work above all else.

However, they don’t always need huge amounts of space.

In student rooms, you might consider features like fold up beds and wall mounted desks which can maximise the space available.

White walls provide space for a wide array of posters, so that students can change their living environment as their tastes develop.

One great idea is to have a desk placed below the bedroom window, allowing natural light to shine through.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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