While designing your home can be a lot of fun to do yourself, there's no shame in recognising the skill and knowledge of professionals, and seeking it out. And the best part is, you don't necessarily need to hire one to learn the trade secrets, because today we're looking at 6 tips that interior architects never share. That's because we don't believe in keeping anything to ourselves, we'd much rather share the knowledge around so that everyone's home can look its best!
So if you're in the design stages, and but don't have the budget to pay for additional expertise, then you're going to want to pay attention, because these tips will have a huge impact on your home, convincing everyone that you're a master designer. And don't worry we won't tell anyone you heard it from us! So join us as we look at some innovative ways to turn your home from average to spectacular.
Loft beds are a great idea for homes with limited space, as you can use the space underneath for a couch or workspace, or in the case of this fabulous design, for storage. We love the lit cantilevered stairs that look like floating candles, it's a really interesting visual effect that's also super practical. If you're short on space, or you just like a more unorthodox approach to your furniture arrangement, loft beds are the way to go!
Wallpaper fell out of favour for a long time due to its tendency to bubble and peel in humid conditions, but recent advances have made wallpaper as reliable as paint, opening up all kinds of possibilities for your decor. The major benefit of wallpaper is that you can get any design you want, giving you ultimate control over the theme and colour palette of your home. Here they have used a dynamic three dimensional image of river stones to create depth, and give the bathroom a natural touch, and it looks amazing!
This trick is a classic, and it's still used a lot to create a feeling of expansiveness in smaller apartments. By using large mirrors you trick the brain into thinking the space is twice the size, preventing smaller rooms from feeling claustrophobic or oppressive. Here they have used mirrors for the full wall doors of the closet to bounce natural light back throughout the room making it feel huge!
You don't need to spend a fortune furnishing your room to give it a feeling of opulence. Rather than breaking the bank, try mixing cheaper, more economical items like these IKEA drawers, with more expensive choices like this beautiful bed. This way your room still looks unique and sophisticated without having to take out a second mortgage on your house!
Studio apartments are an increasing commodity on the property market, and while they offer convenience at a fraction of the price of larger apartments, there is an issue of separating out spaces by function. One of the most effective ways to do this is with furniture, such as this set of shelves, that provide privacy and demarcate different areas of the room, while still maintaining visual continuity so that the space doesn't feel smaller.
A well chosen piece of furniture can end up defining a decor, so consider choosing more creative, unorthodox pieces that will really set your home apart. This chest of drawers is covered in mirrors, serving the same purpose as the mirrored closet we saw above in that it reflects light and expands the perceived space, plus it looks so elegant and trendy!
With a few simple tricks from the professionals you'll amaze people with your knowledge and taste! For more trade secrets check out this article on designing and upgrading your home!