If you are planning to build a new home or to renovate and want to be on-trend for 2017 there are some key things to consider in interior design.
Planning ahead can make the difference between a home you enjoy, that is positioned well in the real estate market, and a house that never quite meets your needs or reflects your unique style.
There are many things to take into consideration – Here are a few;
How you plan your spaces will impact on the practical use and enjoyment of your new home.
Which part of the home will you and your family spend the majority of your time?
If your family culture revolves around cooking and sharing meals, it is important to focus on how the kitchen and dining spaces will be used and design the layout specifically to meet your needs.
A family who cooks a lot of spicy foods may need to consider containing the cooking smells and oils in a closable kitchen rather than having an open-spaced arrangement, or alternately build an outdoor kitchen for the preparation of certain foods.
If entertaining guests is your forte’, but you don’t want guests to see your kitchen until it’s cleaned up, an open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining space might not be for you.
Where will the foot traffic flow throughout the house?
If you spend a lot of time in the back yard of your house, it may be a good idea to have access directly to the kitchen for entertaining.
Where you locate the door, can make the difference between having people walking through your work space or accessing it through a clear walkway.
Another consideration is which direction the house will face as this will impact lighting, heating and cooling of the spaces within and useability of exterior spaces.
The finishes you use in your kitchen and throughout your house should reflect your style and be practical to meet your needs.
Interior finishes are moving towards matt terracotta, cork and other natural stone.
Timber benchtops may require yearly oiling or re-finishing.
Cabinet handles should not obstruct walkways and be easy to use according to the capabilities of the homeowner.
The primary work-space in the kitchen needs to be well lit and functional, with easy access to food storage spaces and appliances.
The use of finishes should be balanced to create an aesthetically pleasing and practical result that fits with the style of home you are building.
Dedicated relaxation spaces
With the integration of technology into modern homes, many families are looking for designated areas where they can relax technology-free.
Houses design is stepping away from open-plan to dedicated zones.
The right combination of lighting, colour and textures will create the right atmosphere and feel for the space.
Bright lighting is essential for a dedicated reading nook, but it is better for the light to be focussed from a lamp rather than glaring in your eyes, making you tired.
Colour psychology and balance plays an important role in how a space feels and invites you in.
Adding texture with quality finishes and accessories creates a warm inviting space for you and your family to enjoy.
Invest in the time to have a consultation with your interior designer before the build begins, as they can help you create a home that is both practical and beautiful.
Trends come and go, but you continue to live in your home.
As such, it should reflect your unique style in a balanced, pleasing manner.
At Jo Mills Interior Design we work with builders and suppliers throughout the region to ensure our clients get the best results to complement their needs and style.
Let’s talk about your home.