Multi-Functional Spaces in Interior Design

Multi-functional spaces in interior design

Modern and contemporary design is all about integrating aesthetics and function. The new normal has changed the way we use spaces in the home. Everything is now multi-purpose: the bedroom doubles as a home office and conference room; the dining area is also where online classes are held; and spaces for leisure such as the backyard or the garden in front of the house are now also used as a vlog setting for those TikTok videos.

But how does one necessarily make spaces multi-functional from an interior design perspective? Here are some ideas on how to convert areas of your home into multi-purpose spaces.

  • Modular lounges
  • Fold-up beds with built-in shelving and cabinetry
  • Kitchen island dining table
  • Multi-functional play areas for kids and pets
Modular lounges

Modular lounges

There are two pieces of furniture that occupy a lot of space in our homes and one of them is the sofa. Regardless if it’s a normal-sized home or a smaller home, a sofa is one of the most important pieces of furniture in the home.

To maximise the space, you can try modular lounges. Such furniture, you can separate different pieces or combine them depending on use. It can be a couch but if needed, can also be converted to a bed for guests. Most also have side tables and additional chairs that are built-in, pieces you can take out of the main furniture and allocate on designated spaces where they can be of use.

Fold-up beds with built-in shelving and cabinetry

Fold-up beds with built-in shelving and cabinetry

Another furniture that occupies a lot of space but is a must have is the bed. We can sometimes live without a couch as long as our bed is comfortable. For small spaces, it’s ideal that beds also serve as storage spaces. Built-in shelving and cabinetry are wonderful additions to your bed. One of the most common practices is to elevate the bed either a few feet from the floor to make room for drawers.

Kitchen island dining table

Kitchen island dining table

Keeping an open floor plan for your home is ideal especially if you have limited space. We are moving on from days where there is a separate dining room, kitchen, and living room. These days, the entire home (or at least the common areas) all flow from one into the other making the space appear larger than it is.

A kitchen island that also serves as a dining table also makes smart use of the space.

Multi-functional play areas for kids and pets

Multi-functional play areas for kids and pets

If you have both pets and kids, there are also fun ways to design the space to cater to their needs.

Your child’s bed can also be a play area if you adopt the concept of elevating the bed to provide space underneath for a study/player area. This will then increase the available floor area for other potential things such as extra storage in the form of a tallboy. 

Multi-functional spaces are a must these days and there are many ways to do that in your homes as mentioned in this blog. All you have to do is to find time for it.

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Opening Our Doors to Yesterday: A Guide to Retro Style Interiors

Guide to Retro Style Interiors

Eye-popping colors, faux leather and velvet upholstery, vinyl records on the wall, and a jukebox in the living room. Are we back in the 70s or is this just a fever dream? Nope. We are still in the present. But unlike our parents who may or may not have been conscious of their design choice, these interior lovelies are products of what our retro sensibility looks like. And let us tell you, they are looking good.

If you want to get the Retro style working for your home, we have some tips for you. We'll go through some design elements that will have you dreaming of a Retro vibe in your home.

But what is retro design exactly?

But What Is Retro Design Exactly?

Before diving into specifics, we must set the parameters on what retro design is all about. The term 'retro' simply means imitative or deriving inspiration from the style of earlier eras. In this context, eras refer to 20 to 30 years ago. That said, we are looking at the aesthetics of the 70s and the 80s. 

The next question becomes, how does retro differ from vintage? Vintage refers to the age of a design; the owners of something vintage have the item such as a keepsake, an article of clothing, or an asset on hand as part of a collection, memorabilia, or family estate. 

Retro is more of a movement that takes the style of something from the previous decades and uses it in the present. This may be a fashion statement or a design of one's property alongside the personal effects used to fill it. The retro item only copies the style; it can be a completely new product. 

So when it comes to retro interior design, what we are referring to is the way the space is designed to reflect a certain era from the last 20 to 30 years. The furniture, wallpaper, and upholstery may have been produced in the present time but consciously reflect the styles of older generations.

That 70s House: Looking at 70s Retro Interior Design

That 70s House: Looking at 70s Retro Interior Design

A feature from Vogue in March this year claims that the aesthetics of the 70s is making a comeback. Despite the dominance of white, beige, gray, and greige, colors like deep brown and avocado green (yes, we kid you not) have found their way back into homes. 

Before you say "cheap," these colors have managed to blend beautifully into the spirit of this era's style. However, its colors are not the only element that has found its way back into mainstream consciousness. 

Seventies décor such as the Camaleonda by Mario Bellini, Togo by Michel Ducaroy, the Maralunga by Vico Magistretti, and the Artona by Tobia & Afra Scarpa are yet again gracing contemporary homes. 

However, some of the design elements from the 70s have not been brought back for sound reasons. For example, the principle of eco-friendliness and sustainability has prevented the resurgence of plastic-based home effects. 

If you want to integrate a 70s sensibility into your home's interiors, you might want to look into the following:

Linoleum Floors

Made from all-natural, eco-friendly materials like wood flour, ground limestone, powdered cork, jute, and linseed oil, linoleum floors come in different colours. Unlike this era's penchant for cool and plain flooring, linoleum comes in different colors and patterns that add to the character of a home. 

Rattan

With a laid-back look that conjures visions of sunny mornings with a drink in hand on a porch near a beach, rattan chairs and sofas truly encapsulate the spirit of the 70s. You can get a rattan chair and turn it into an accent piece in your living room. But if you want your home to emanate a boho vibe, you can fill your living spaces with more rattan pieces. 

Velvet Upholstery

Sofas and chairs with velvet upholstery add texture to any living room. Place some throw pillows of the same material in an equally vibrant hue and see how it revitalizes the space.

Animal Print

We do not mean to offend the environmentally-conscious or animal rights activists out there, but integrating some animal print in your interiors makes for good accents. Put it as a rug, or a form of tapestry and you'll realize how the geometric figures thicken and layer your existing design. Of course, these prints should be synthetic; we believe that no animals should suffer for the sake of your property's aesthetics.

Exposed Brick Walls

Red brick walls look good in any interior regardless of the era. This trend gives the home an industrial touch that perfectly complements the design sensibilities of a modern home.

The New Wave is New Again

The New Wave is New Again: Riding The Waves of 80s Retro Interior Design

Is Retro Coming Back in Interior Design?

Retro style is making a comeback in interior design. The resurgence of mid-century modern design has given us a newfound appreciation for classic furniture and decor pieces. From vintage artwork to funky patterns, retro vibes are taking over living rooms and kitchens alike. 

Louder in colour and curious in its bulky furniture design, the 80s interior sensibilities were a sight to behold. If you gravitate toward the funky and the non-conventional, 80s aesthetics is something you can check out. 

Breathe new life into your home with these 80s design elements:

Deep Sofas

Slouchy, overstuffed, and curvy, deep sofas have yet again popped back into houses and your Pinterest and IG feed. 

It makes complete sense: the style is easily postmodern and, well, fun. Isn't that what this era is all about—freedom and fun? But apart from that, it looks really good against a cool white or cream background common in contemporary living room interiors.

Lucite Accents

Made from durable, scratch-resistant acrylic, this retro minimalist design element comes in the form of tables, lamps, figurines, and other living room effects. 

Because it's transparent, Lucite highlights the rest of your furniture while also drawing attention to itself. Possessing a transitional style, these pieces blend well with any type of space.

Floral Patterns

Chintz and other floral-printed textile and wallpapers are yet again gaining wide attention from designers today. But if we are truly honest, they never really went away, to begin with. 

The Victorian era, the mid-forties, and the White House historical rooms that were refurbished by the 1961 first lady, Jackie Kennedy, saw the aesthetic thrive. And now, the design reaches forth into the present into your own homes.

In With The Old

In With The Old: Design Your House Retro-Style!

Retro interior designs give modern homes life and flair. The subject of conversation among design and style pundits, this appeal to home aesthetics will surely never get old and get out of style. 

So if you have a penchant for the unconventional, loud, vibrant, and exciting, dive into retro! It might just be the element that could complete your home. 

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Styling Your Coffee Table

How to Style Your Coffee Table

While it is usually unintentional, the coffee table has become the centrepiece of a living room. Our attention is drawn to it every time we are entertained at a friend's house; there are times that we simply cannot help but peruse whatever décor or display that the small furniture holds. And then we smile as we settle on the sofa, careful not to hit our knees on any of the table's edges.

But more than just a focal point of a living room or furniture on which your aunt would be putting that old lemonade pitcher, coffee tables can contribute to the entire aesthetic of the space. Here are some tips on how to style coffee tables:

  • Observe levels
  • Make the best of textures, materials, and tones
  • Make use of fabric and pattern
  • Simplify
Observe levels

Observe Levels

Just like theatre, placing furniture in levels inside the house establishes order and keeps everything proportioned. 

Coffee tables can help in levelling. If you're dealing with low ceilings then it would make sense to get a shorter coffee table. If it's a tall room, then it's the reverse. You can invest in two-level coffee tables to maximise the room's height. 

Make The Best of Textures, Materials, and Tones

Make The Best of Textures, Materials, and Tones

Your coffee table would blend well with the living room if it adheres to its entire scheme. What this means is that the coffee table should not dominate the space. As this is the case, earth and neutral tones are most recommended for this furniture. Marble and timber are also viable materials as these do not distract from any kind of display that you may opt to place on them.

Going back to levels, you can also experiment with the height of the items you would be putting on the coffee table and of course the other furniture right beside it. To this cause, you may also observe the "Rule of Three" to help with the visuals.

You can also place a coffee table as an accent in your living room. If your walls are neutral or relatively light, you can ground them by getting a dark-colored or black coffee table. 

Make use of fabric and pattern

Make Use of Fabric and Pattern

Coffee tables need not be limited to marble, glass, and wood. You may have the table itself wrapped with fabric or cushion much like a soft footstool.

Simplify

Simplify

While it may seem counter-intuitive considering the topic, keeping your coffee table simple and free of fluff and flair might just do your living room good. 

Take a look at how the room is laid-out; examine the furniture and displays strewn across the space and see if these appear already convoluted or numerous. If so, maybe it would be wise to keep the elements on the table minimal or not put anything on it at all. 

The cliché, "Less is more," just might be what you need to apply.

Your Coffee Table Should Not Be a Distraction

While the coffee table might act as the living room's focal point, it would serve the space well if it were to simply blend with it and not distract from the overall design.

Of course, the table's design is still up to your vision and taste. But if you're open to breathing new life into your living room, then we hope that these tips would be of help.

One of the most versatile pieces of furniture in any home is the coffee table. When it comes to styling your coffee table, there are many creative ways to personalize its look. Choose interesting books, vases, trays or sculptures to create an eye-catching display that suits your style. With the help of a professional property stager or interior designer, you can make sure that your coffee table not only looks good but also enhances the space around it as well!

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Tips for Maximising Space

Tips for maximising space

We compiled tips to maximise closet space and other rooms in the home.

When you have smaller spaces in your home, maximising spaces can take some clever planning and phenomenal organisational skills. 

While it can be frustrating to tackle said spaces and think of the most functional way to make it work, it’s quite fulfilling to see the final product: maximised spaces, all functional and have just the right amount of aesthetic. 

We have come up with tips on how to maximise the spaces in your homes. Check them out.

How to maximise bedroom space

How to maximise bedroom space?

If you have a small bedroom and a huge amount of the space is already occupied by your bed, elevate it and make use of the space under the bed. You can also maximise the wall spaces and install floating shelves or trays that can serve as more storage.

Remove large storage furniture and choose smaller and more compact storage solutions that you can stack together. This will also help sort your stuff according to its purpose.

How to maximise wardrobe space

How to maximise wardrobe space?

The first thing you should do is to update your wardrobe. Leave only those that you will actually wear and use.

Invest in hooks and wardrobe rods that are retractable. Get yourself wardrobe inserts, too, so that you can also make use of the spaces between the clothes for smaller items like handkerchiefs, ties, or belts. Baskets, bins, and boxes are your friends.

Put dividers on your drawers and install a shoe carousel. Stacking shoes vertically doesn’t take up as much space so you can put more in the shoe closet. And the most important thing? Use all spaces from wall to roof.

How to maximise garden space

How to maximise garden space?

Before you design your garden space, you have to first decide what purpose it is that you want for it. Will it be for entertaining friends and family? For your relaxation? Will you be planting an herb garden or a vegetable one? After you determine what you want for your garden, it’s time to maximise the space.

If you want a lot of plants, make use of pots and take advantage of vertical spaces so that you can maximise the space and put up more. Make sure that you use every available space for your plants. Pots, planters, and even trellises will help you organise them. 

In case you prefer an area for entertaining, make sure to choose furniture that is stackable and that you can put away when not in use. If you have a tree in your garden, make use of the space around it by putting seating areas. If you have a smaller area for everything you need, consider having multi-purpose pieces. For example, seats also serve as storage. Place statement plants around the area that can also help shade parts of the areas where you and your guests can sit and spend some quality time together.

If you want your garden to be your own personal tranquility space, install a light-up water feature. The Zen effect will make the space feel bigger and the ambiance more relaxing. Choose a convertible lounge chair, play with texture that will complement the furniture, and use light-reflecting tricks to further illuminate your yard.

As mentioned, maximising space can be very tricky and would take some special skills. Decide what you want for the space and then work from there. The important thing to remember is that it has to be aesthetically pleasing but also very functional.

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How To Have Sustainable Interiors

How to have sustainable interiors

Sustainability is an important consideration when it comes to interior design. Sustainable practices can promote energy efficiency, reduce waste and pollution, and use fewer resources. By incorporating sustainable elements into your design, you can ensure that your home or office space is as efficient as possible while also helping to preserve the environment.

There are many ways to incorporate sustainability in your household but for starters, we will focus on 3 points in this blog:

  • Pick materials with low environmental impact
  • Think long-term
  • Design for energy-efficiency
Pick materials with low environmental impact

Pick materials with low environmental impact

Of course, we pick pieces of furniture and decor materials mainly because of how they would blend with our space aesthetics. Sometimes, considering the material doesn’t even cross our minds. If we want to be conscious with our choices, we should think beyond aesthetics. It’s very rare that we even think of how household items and decorations will be discarded once they reach the end of their life cycle. 

Sustainability and choosing materials with low impact can be as big as buying solar panels and as small as choosing easily accessible materials. When we pick materials with high supply, we support the promotion of renewable resources. For example, you can opt to use reclaimed woods for your bespoke chair, table or bed. There are also a wide variety of options of rugs made out of recycled fabrics. When it comes to paint, the best eco-friendly choices are those with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) such as acrylic, latex and water-based paints.

Think long-term

Think long-term

As mentioned above, we seldom think of how materials will be discarded after their intended purpose. This is why we have to think long-term. Avoid using materials or products that would be changed or discarded often. A good case for this would be seasonal decors. We understand the joy that comes with changing the looks of the interior every now and then. However, if you do this, keep in mind to choose materials and decors that you could use more than once.

Another way of thinking long term is picking multi-purpose materials and pieces of furniture. Wood is a very flexible material that can be used in different ways. For example, your old cabinet could be repurposed as planters or even coffee tables. There is no limit to how we can use sturdy materials such as woods. You just have to unleash the creative in you.

Design for energy efficiency

Design for energy efficiency

The major contributor to climate change is energy efficiency - but we can do something about it. When thinking of energy efficiency, we should think about how we can maximise the flow of natural light in our space. While windows let the sunshine in, it could also be a way for heat to come in. Know what kind of insulation you can use while still inviting light and air inside. Using drapes and curtains is an old but gold trick.

The goal of sustainable interiors is to utilise the available eco-friendly resources. If there would be changes in our quality of life, the changes are all for the better as we try to minimise negative environmental impact while maintaining the aesthetics we wish to follow. 

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Furniture Layout Rules

Furniture layout rules

There are some furniture placing techniques that interior designers observe when preparing a house to be staged. These furniture layout rules make rooms more organized and have a sense of balance and harmony.

We have gathered tips on apartment furniture layout that would give your space not just nice aesthetics but also great flow for each room. This will further encourage future homeowners to choose and buy your home.

How to decide for your furniture layout?

  • For living areas, keep the sofa off the all
  • Do not cover the windows
  • Ensure there are enough seats for everyone
  • Create conversation areas
  • Place side tables beside sofas or armchairs
Style for first impressions

Style for first impressions

When staging your home, keep in mind that first impressions highly influence the sale. So, style for first impressions.

The “wow factor” is important; the moment they walk inside the door, that first room defines the overall impression they would have on the entire property. If that first impression cannot be sustained all throughout the house, chances of them losing interest is high.

For living areas, keep the sofa off the wall

For living areas, keep the sofa off the wall.

In most cases, owners push their sofas on the wall to create the image of a bigger space. However, it leaves you with an open area that can become very awkward.

Having a small space between the wall and the sofa would make it look more cosier and inviting.

Do not cover the windows

Do not cover the windows.

Natural light helps in making the space appear more open and spacious. Even smaller areas in the home will look bigger with the help of the natural light coming in from windows. This will also make the new owners save up on electricity bills and that can further encourage them to choose your home.

Ensure there are enough seats for everyone

Ensure there are enough seats for everyone.

If you have a 4-bedroom house but only have a sofa that seats three people plus two ottomans, there won’t be enough seating space for people in the house. Make sure that you have seats for everyone including some for guests. This is very important especially to people who love to entertain.

Create conversation areas

Create conversation areas.

Potential home buyers go into a property with their own preferences in their mind. Once they’ve checked out the place, the next thing they consider is if the property is ideal for entertaining.

Creating a conversation space where the new owners can spend quality time with friends and family. Do this by letting the sofas and chairs face each other in angles where it would be effortless to talk to all the people in the room.

Place sde tables beside sofas or armchairs

Place side tables beside sofas or armchairs.

Having side tables will give your guests a space to put their things like phones, bags, or purses. This is also where you can put the drinks or snacks you want to serve them.

It is also a nice accessory to balance the furniture in the space and help with the overflow of the room.

While it is also important to note the colors, themes, and accessories that would go with the design of your home, furniture staging captures the attention of home buyers more. Help them see what they can do to a space and how it will function for them once they move in.

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Decorating Your Home with Pastel Colours

Decorating Your Home with Pastel Colours

While the contemporary era is immersed in the "clean" and the minimal when it comes to interior design, pastel colours still prove to be en vogue if you want to brighten up your room. 

Of course, preferences are a matter of taste, not trends. But if you want to try something that deviates from what you are accustomed to seeing in your home or establish a different ambiance that even your visitors would find refreshing, setting up your home with pastel colours might just do the trick.

What are pastel colours exactly?

What Are Pastel Colours Exactly? 

If you are to consult an interior designer, they will tell you that pastels are hues of high value and low to moderate saturation. Subscribing to this definition provides us with an idea that its scope is wide, dismissing the notion that pastels only encompass the likes of sky blue, mint green, mauve, and baby pink. 

The pastel colour palette also includes colours such as orchid bloom, popcorn, and potpourri among a host of others. Integrating these into the interiors makes them look and feel fresh, making for a bright and calming atmosphere.

6 tips on how to include pastel into your colour palette

6 Tips on How to Include Pastel Into Your Colour Palette 

Integrating pastels in your home, may it be through the painting of your walls or bringing in new furniture, may prove a testing task. There is always a chance for people to overdo pastel colour decorations. And just like anything done in excess, the design becomes oversaturated--tiring the eyes and possibly causing distaste. To keep us out of that pitfall, here are some tips you can follow. 

  • Sync your accessories with the wall colours, but minimally
  • Embellish pastel colours across your kitchen and dining area
  • Layer up your floors, furniture
  • Match wood finishes with pastel colour schemes
  • Reupholster
  • Install art that uses pastels

Sync Your Accessories With The Wall Colours, But Minimally

You may think of placing a sizable article of furniture that immediately fetches attention--like a sofa--in any room that you spend time in. You can furnish this sofa with pastel-coloured throw pillows. This will figure well with living rooms that maintain singularly-white or walls. The move paints the room into a chic space, adding character and appeal. 

Embellish Pastel Colours Across Your Kitchen and Dining Area

The kitchen and the dining room are two areas that hold water when it comes to integrating pastel colours. If your dining room is punctuated with wood furnishings or any wooden effect, placing pastel-coloured items relevant to the space or painting its bare, surrounding spaces would make it more aesthetic. 

If you have the money to spare, you can opt to restructure your kitchen, making it modular through a range of pastel colours.

Layer Up Your Floors, Furniture

Layering your spaces means placing items such as carpets on the floor, rugs underneath the sofa, or cushions and pillows on the bed. Not only do these measures make your spaces more interesting, but they will also render warmth, making them more inviting.

Match Wood Finishes With Pastel Colour Schemes

Matching pastel-coloured furnishings with wooden ones are easy as pastels blend well with items produced through naturally occurring materials. Think of rattan, wooden floors, and husks that can easily complement pastels such as peach and pink. 

Reupholster!

You can also revitalize your existing chairs or sofas by having them reupholstered with pastel fabrics. This will become ideal with wide Dining and Living Rooms that maintain walls painted with plain white or light colours (as discussed in the first tip).

Install Art That Uses Pastels

Pieces of art, regardless if it's a painting, installation, or sculpture can imbue a space with personality and layer. Pick among any work of art rendered in pastel that may be readily available to you. Or if your budget allows you, purchase some pieces that could fit the spaces you intend to place them in. 

Placing a huge pastel art piece in a spacious room can single-handedly change the way you view the space. 

Experiment with pastels today

Experiment With Pastels Today!

Through these 6 ways, you can effectively introduce pastel colours into your home. If integrated with balance, you will see how your home will brighten, changing it dramatically from drab to an enervating conversation starter.

Go ahead and try these tips out! Who knows? You might just find out that you have the touch to make interior magic through the use of pastels.  

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Decorating with Books and Magazines

Decorating with books and magazines

Books and magazines can also serve as decoration materials; decorating with stacks of books or a pile of magazines may be a bit tricky, but if done correctly, it can be quite a delightful addition to your home.

We compiled tips on decorating with books and magazines that are easy to do

Match the colour scheme

Match the colour scheme

To achieve a balanced look for your room, the books should match the colour scheme. Details create the big picture so even if books are just a small part of the design of the room, it can be a good addition to the overall look of the room.

Pay attention to the title

Pay attention to the title

Like furniture preferences, book choices are also dependent on the lifestyle and interests of the people inhabiting the space. When you’re looking to sell your property and you want to decorate books, however, it is important to note that you keep your target market in mind.

If you want to have a family live in your home, choose novels for decor. If you want to attract single, professional buyers, self-help books are a good choice. If you prefer retirees, books on hobbies like gardening or woodwork will work its charm.

Books can also be dependent on what room you’ll decorate it with. If it’s a potential home office, an encyclopedia set will be a nice touch. For the living area, you can put travel magazines to encourage wandering nomads to put roots down and buy a home for themselves. For children’s bedrooms, fantasy books are ideal; for younger ones, activity books would work just fine. Of course, cookbooks in the kitchen wouldn’t hurt, too.

Texture of the cover influences the price point

Texture of the cover influences the price point

Books also have this certain look about them; even for non-readers, one can spot which books are cheap and which ones are expensive. One example is for books that have fabric covers; this is generally considered to be a luxury item amidst the choices of paperback covers available in the market so this can somewhat elevate the overall look of your space. 

Remember, it’s all about the details.

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Real vs Artificial Indoor Plants

Real vs artificial indoor plants

Property stylists make use of plants to enhance the aesthetics of a space. Simply adding a plant to the style of the space can elevate its character. But plants are not just all about aesthetics. They also boost one’s mood, encourages productivity, improves concentration and entices creativity. It has proven that plants can help reduce stress and fatigue. They also filter out the air that we breathe, increase humidity and produce oxygen.

Needless to say, plants do not only improve the way our space looks, they also have great health benefits. But as much benefits as it gives, they also require our attention and effort in taking care of them. This is where artificial plants enter the picture.

Your frequency of staying at home

Pros and Cons of Artificial and Real Plants

FeaturesArtificial PlantsReal Plants

Add life to spacesYesYes
Filters airNoYes
Child-safeYesSome
Pet-friendlyYesSome
Requires lightingNoYes
Requires maintenanceYesYes

Before filling your trunk with plants from your local garden, consider these things first:

Your frequency of staying at home

If you are living alone, taking care of plants could go both ways: it’s either 1) they’re therapeutic for you or 2) they could take up too much of your time. Plants are living beings and need proper maintenance; this applies even to low-maintenance plants. If you don’t have much free time on your hands, artificial plants might be the better option for you.

People and pets you’re staying with

Do you have pets? Do you have a toddler? Or probably both? Pets and toddlers are always curious and might find plants interesting to play with. With proper research, you can purchase non-toxic ones. But still, dealing with the mess is another story.

The energy that you have

As mentioned above, plants are therapeutic. Tending to plants and watching them grow day by day sends a fulfilling feeling. Least to say that plants also need your time and effort. But this doesn’t mean that artificial plants do not require maintenance. Cleaning fake plants is also necessary to avoid dust buildup. Sometimes. this is more time-consuming compared to once or twice watering of real plants.

You do not have to choose between real plants and fake plants. You can combine both to style your property, you just have to know where to place each type. 

People and pets you're staying with

Where to place real plants

First, you have to consider the lighting. You need to place real plants where there is sufficient lighting so that they can grow and thrive. Typically, east-facing windows are the best places to decorate with live plants. However, be careful in placing plants in direct sunlight. If you see your plants’ leaves burning or wilting, you may need to soften the light by adding drapes or curtains.

Second, place them where they won’t disrupt foot traffic. Corners, shelves, and window sills are common areas to look at. These days, people are also fond of installing hanging pots with draping plants. If you want to do this too, make sure that the height of the plant is appropriate to your height so you won’t miss watering them.

Artificial plants that are best to use

What indoor artificial plants are best to use?

Of course, when picking out artificial plants, you want them to look as realistic as possible. But aside from this, you should also consider picking those that are less prone to wear and tear. The best choice would be plastic plants. Plastic plants are also easier to maintain than fabric plants as you can easily wipe off the dust compared to fabric plants which accumulate more dirt.

The top aesthetically pleasing fake plants that complement all home styles are:

  1. Palm tree plant - You can use this when you want to invite a beach vibe to your home
  2. Monstera tree - This is often used as a focus for the room
  3. Pothos plant - This has got to be the most versatile fake plant that you can add in to your room to make it more alive
  4. Succulent plant - This type of fake plant is arguably the most realistic looking plant that you can put on tables and shelves
  5. Silk plant - The texture and color of this plant creates an illusion of multi-colored greenery.

As mentioned above, you don’t have to settle with using just real plants. Combine them with artificial plants to make every corner of the house pleasing.

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Tricks for a Cosy Winter Interior

Tricks for a cosy winter interior

Not many people like winter; it’s very cold, it makes going out more exhausting, and even for the brave of heart, there isn’t much place to go to and enjoy.

Staying indoors is the norm so there are a lot of homeowners who renovate their homes in time for the winter season.

What are the tricks for a cosy winter house interior?

  • Play with colours
  • Transform with layers
  • Experiment with lights
  • Bring the outdoors inside
Play with colors

Play with colors

Since it’s the winter season, go for warmer color palettes. Charcoal gray, rich brown, navy blue, and winter red are some of the color tones that you can use when you redesign your home for a cosy winter interior.

If you are feeling a little adventurous, you may also refresh your walls with a new colour. Yes, you can paint interior walls in the wintertime. When painting indoors during cold weather, it is important to ensure that the room is adequately heated. You just have to make sure to choose a paint that is specifically designed for cold weather application to prevent any issues from arising due to colder temperatures.

These colours are very inviting and promote a sense of calm in a space.

Transorm with layers

Transform with layers.

During the cold winter months, having layers is very important not just in clothing but also in the interiors of the house.

From cushions to throws, from rugs to seat covers and accents, the more you have, the better it is for the design and the function. We need to keep the cold at bay after all.

Experiment with lights

Experiment with lights

Dark, cold evenings will be a regular part of your nights so to keep the space warm, go for mood lights and other ambient lights. Try to also use dimmers and lamps to create different light textures in your home.

Lights more than just provide illumination in a space; it also sets the mood and, in some ways, the temperature, so it’s important that you take note of your light choices in your winter house interior.

Bring the outdoors inside

Bring the outdoors inside

Since you’ll be mostly stuck indoors during the winter season, bringing the outdoors inside would be wonderful. Plants, small water features, or even playing nature sounds inside the house will make you feel more connected to nature despite all the cold.

Winter can be a tricky time of year for interior design, especially when it comes to creating a welcoming and cozy atmosphere. With the right styling, your home can still look inviting as we head into colder months. If you're looking to give your home an inviting winter makeover, opt for cozy textures like wool and flannel, plus lots of warm lighting and gentle colors. With the help of an experienced property stager or interior designer, you can make sure that your winter decor is on point!

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