Whether you’re building, renovating or just wanting to add a touch of pizzazz to your home, it can be difficult to find inspiration for your design. There are so many possibilities! From colour, to size, to functionality, how do you know where to start? To narrow down your options, you should try to figure out what’s important to your home and the atmosphere you want to create. Here’s a list of recent home design trends to get your creative juices flowing:
Create the illusion of space
Neutral tones like grey are becoming more popular than ever because it makes the interior of the home appear bigger. In addition, instead of intricately carved antique-style cornices or pillars, modern homes are also using cleaner lines that make the home look neater and more composed. When it comes to space, big floor to ceiling windows or curtains can be enough to make a room look more spacious. High tray ceilings also make it seem roomier.
Tear off the labels
Your typical kitchen and study no longer need to be your typical kitchen and study. Your kitchen can include a dining area, and your study can have an entertainment area. In fact, most of the rooms in your house can be fused together, saving space and creating convenience.
Include convenient components
There are many clever tools that make every movement and activity more convenient. Modern homes can now have fancy built-in gadgets like wireless chargers on tables or retractable chopping boards built into the counter. Shelves, closets and appliances built into the walls are also becoming more common as they provide more space to move around freely.
Bold and experimental pieces
Though the common trend is to use a neutral palate with sleek designs, certain areas of the home can get away with a tasteful pop of colour or a conversation-worthy piece. For instance, you can go wild with an intricate yet contemporary chandelier in the living room or a boldly patterned wall in the bathroom. These little quirks keep your home from looking like a generic model home and add some of your personality into the design.
More and more people are switching to more environmentally friendly options like geothermal pumps and solar energy. A home that runs (or at least mostly runs) on clean energy is always a welcome addition to the fight against climate change, and it’s the socially responsible choice. You can also explore options like low-flow toilets, and tankless water heaters. It may seem a little pricey to begin with, but it’ll save you money in the long run.