Top 10 House Interior Design Ideas
Warton Woodworks has put together a top 10 list of house interior design ideas. These ideas are based on the many homes we have helped design, build and renovate. Be your own interior designer and learn how to give your home more flare and sophistication. Our interior design ideas are an inexpensive way to transform your home.
1. Make a Good Entrance
First impressions count, this also applies to your homes front entrance. Before implementing any interior design ideas, we recommend you make an impressive entrance. A well-designed front entrance helps to make your home inviting and attractive. Such an entrance does not need to be expensive. Below are some ideas to improve the entrance of your home:
Can people see your entrance in the dark?
You could have a beautiful house in the daytime, but at night it may look dark and uninviting. Install modern lighting to illuminate your entrance at night. But be careful not to make the lighting too bright, which may overwhelm your visitors. Down-lights are great if you have an open porch. Up-lights are great for highlighting certain architectural features on a house such as columns or shallow recesses. If the pathway leading to your front entrance is not illuminated well at night, you may want to consider installing solar post lights. Not only does this improve visibility, but also safety for you visitors.
Install a creative door number
There are many designs of door number out there, some which you can create yourself. Door numbers are usually attached to a material of your choice such as slate, glass or stainless steel. Some are also LED illuminated so new visitors can easily locate your home in the dark, plus it looks impressive.
Choose the right door
It is important to select the correct type of door for your property. If you can afford it, we recommend composite doors as there is plenty of choices regarding design. They also offer more insulation and security over uPVC doors.
Show off architectural features
Creating architectural features around your front door provides an excellent focal point for visitors.
Make use of plants
Decorate your front entrance with exotic plants. We recommend impressive looking potted plants.
2. Choose your Colour Scheme Carefully
There are many interior design ideas when it comes to paint schemes. Many people play it safe and stick with neutral colours like beige, grey or white. Try not to be scared to go for bolder colours like red or green, if done right they add a lot of personality to your decor. Whatever colour scheme you choose the colours need to look right together, plus match your furniture. Below are some top tips when it comes to wall colour:
Combine elegant and vibrant paint sytles
Many people paint their whole room using a single neutral colour, such as white, beige or cream when decorating. To make these neutral colours more exciting and elegant you could paint walls different shades of neutral. For example, one wall could be a dark brown, whilst the other three are a lighter brown colour. The darker brown wall creates a focal point in the room, also known as a feature wall. Wall paper can also be used to achieve a difference in shade, whilst also adding a pattern. The great thing about a neutral decor is that it is easy to match with furniture and accessories such as wall art.
Some of your rooms could use more vibrant colours such as oranges, golds and reds. For example, you could paint your kitchen a salsa red, then compliment the colour with framed artwork of a lighter, more neutral colour. Creating a visual contrast between different colours is sure to make a long-lasting impression on your visitors.
3. Create the Perfect Living Room Layout
Draw plans of your layout
Draw a bird’s eye view layout of your living room to scale. You can then see how objects such as furniture and sofa’s fit into the space by drawing them in various locations. After a few attempts you will begin to realise the layout that looks right.
Do you need to move your connections
Many people have living room layouts that are not ideal. Living room layouts are usually defined by electrical connections such as plug and TV/Cable sockets.
Consider Traffic Flow
The living room is a popular space for entertaining guests and hosting parties. Therefore, it is important to ensure people can easily move around (or even dance) in your living room space. Tables for tea, coffee, etc are best located adjacent to your sofa’s. Only have them in front of your sofa if your living room is relatively large.
You may want to consider having a feature wall in your living room. For example, wall papering around a fireplace to create a focus point. Then painting the remaining walls in that room. good wall paper around it, whilst having the other walls painted. Feature walls don’t always need to be wall papered or painted a different colour, it could show of a large mirror or piece of wall art. Or you can create something unique, like the wall in the image below
Before buying any furniture for your living room, it is a good idea to measure it first. The smaller your furniture is, the more options of arrangement you will have, this also applies to sofa’s.
4. Create the Perfect Kitchen Layout
Kitchens are the most important and used room in the home. This room has many functions such as preparing food and drink. When hosting a party, people usually gather in the kitchen. Below are some kitchen interior design ideas that can help you design an efficient, impressive kitchen.
Make it simple, but effective
Kitchens that are minimalistic are stylish, clean and sophisticated. A clutter free kitchen not only looks great, it always makes using it very efficient.
Choosing the perfect kitchen layout can be a daunting task, but it’s not as hard as you may think. Did you know that there are 4 classic kitchen layouts you can choose from? each with their own benefits:
Single and double galley kitchens: Have only one or two continuous runs of cabinets.
L-shaped kitchens: Are built into a corner, providing optimum counter space.
U-shaped kitchens: Usually have the sink, fridge and oven in a triangle pattern, meaning the cook is surrounded by three counters so everything is within easy reach.
Island kitchens: Are most ideal for large kitchen areas. Kitchen islands can also double up as a table, making it an ideal place to eat and drink at using bar stools. Or maybe you prefer to use it for extra food preparation space or storage for wine.
5. Get creative with interior lighting
Have you ever walked into a hotel or a bar being impressed with the lighting? There is no reason why you cannot achieve the same cosy warm effect at home. We realise there are many lighting options to choose from, which is why we have listed some lighting interior design ideas for specific rooms.
Downlights are great for lighting kitchen spaces as they are directly pointed at the counter tops. When installing downlights, it’s important to separate them apart so the room is illuminated evenly. For that extra wow factor, under cabinet and skirting lighting could be installed. We recommend warm white for downlights and a vibrant colour for under cabinets and on skirting. The vibrant colour you choose would need to match your overall kitchen decor such as red, blue, green, etc.
Living room lighting:
To help create that warm cosy feeling you need sources of dim lighting. Modern looking table, floor and wall lamps are perfect for this. It is also a good idea to install some ceiling downlights too for occasions when more brightness is needed.
6. Prevent Wi-Fi Dead Zones within your Home
Thinking of interior design ideas is not only limited to paint schemes and furniture layout. It is important to consider all aspects of interior design, even your internet connectivity!
Some houses have Wi-Fi dead zones that prevent users from accessing the internet, or it becomes frustratingly slow. Such issues are usually caused by thick walls or complicated setups. Below are some things you can do to help prevent patchy coverage, meaning you can watch Netflix or listen to music anywhere in your home!
Reduce Wi-Fi interference: You would be surprised how many wireless devices may be in your area. Sometimes routers from other houses can interfere with your one, especially if they are programmed to use the same Wi-Fi channel. Below are links to change the Wi-Fi channel of your router, for your specific supplier:
Use a Wireless Booster Box:
Wireless boosters are special boxes that are placed away from your router. Their purpose is to create a separate signal away from your router, allowing Wi-Fi signals to fill dead zones within your home. They work by receiving a signal from your router, then re-transmitting it on the same channel, at the same time. A wireless booster box only requires a power connection. You can also connect your router to it via an Ethernet connection, which would then output the strongest signal possible.
Install a wired connection:
Although wireless is the modern and convenient way of connecting devices, it does have its downfalls. If your wireless has become very unreliable you may want to considered installing a wired network. Click here to read an article about wired network design ideas.
7. Be clever with your storage
No matter how large your home, it is likely you will always need more storage. Below are some storage interior design ideas to help declutter your home:
Shoe storage solutions: It is surprising how many shoes the average person owns. People need various shoes for all sorts of situations and whether conditions. Despite people’s need for shoes, not many decide to install storage solutions. Maybe it is because people assume they need a walk-in closet containing space to store shoes. Of course, not everyone will have the space for a closet, which is why we have listed some other ideas below:
8. Add decorative wall art
Wall art is another decorating accessory that helps to add personality to your home. Usually people match the wall art to the decor, but we recommend you carefully consider the type of wall art you will have before implementing your interior design ideas. If you are clever with your wall art you can create stunning interior designs that are sure to impress visitors.
9. Add decorative mirrors
Smaller rooms can appear larger when mirrors are present. Mirrors come in all varieties of shapes and sizes.
10. Change awkward looking home designs
When buying a home, it is hard to have everything you want, such as a large drive, large garden, enough bedrooms or sufficient space. This is because people have to compromise between major household needs and their budget.
Homes with a bad layout may not be obvious at first, but then comes to light when people move in. Sometimes the best way to correct annoying or bad house layouts is to modify the structure, such as walls to create the interior shape you want.
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