After a long search, the time has finally come. You have found your new dream property. The contracts are signed and now it’s time to start planning. But not only the move is just around the corner, but first of all the planning of the new furnishings. A new property always includes a new layout, a few new pieces of furniture, but of course also the art of integrating the already existing furniture into the new living space. To create this successfully and to gain a great new atmosphere in the new property there are some tricks.
Interior design: The latest trends in home design
Once the house has been found and bought, it’s time for individualisation and renovation. But what are the latest trends and how does the interior design get a very personal touch?
Living trends: natural, hygge and the feel-good factor
The living trends go further and further in one direction, namely to the trend home love, feel good and above all the return to nature. This is expressed in many natural materials, fabrics and shapes. The theme of hygge is a significant factor in this context. The word hygge originally comes from Danish and means something like cosy, pleasant, comfortable or intimate. In this context, the trend has evolved and the cozy atmosphere and feeling good in your own home is the focus. This is achieved especially through natural materials, such as wood or stone. In addition, subtle colors, such as light gray, beige tones and white are combined to create a coherent overall picture. Plants and green tones that are not too gaudy can also be found in the concept and again refer to nature. In his created home you should find peace and relaxation and thus be able to escape the stressful everyday life.
Living trend Lagom: Cosy, thoughtful but not too crowded
This living trend is once again due to the north. Here it is all about finding the golden mean. Literally translated, it means something like ‘just right’ or ‘not too much and not too little’. However, this is not just about living and decorating, but about the balance of all things. More specifically, around sustainable living that rewards us with contentment. Lagom, like Hygge, also relies on natural materials such as wood and want, but avoids the too-full look. The idea is to invest wisely in favourite pieces that you won’t get tired of for a long time. Always mindful of sustainability and our environment.
Redesigning living spaces and falling back on old familiar things
Moving can be very expensive and of course you don’t want to furnish the new apartment completely with new furniture, but you want to move your favorite pieces with you. Often it turned out to be difficult to integrate the old pieces of furniture into the new space and create a cozy atmosphere. Among other things, this can be due to the fact that the new property is divided differently and the dimensions of the existing furniture can not be combined with the dimensions of the living space. However, you can easily take the tricks of interior designers and approach the design of the new living space with proper planning and organization. To find the perfect couch for their living space, check out our post on‘The Perfect Couch‘.
Space planning: using the technology of interior designers
Of course, you can also hire an interior designer for the new design of their living spaces, but this is too expensive for most and also not necessary. Instead, you can use the technology of the professionals to design your new home yourself.
Interior designers use certain programs with which they can graphically depict and design the rooms on the computer. But since it would take too long to learn how to use the programs, you can use the cut-down version of them. First you have to measure each room exactly. Write down all the measurements on a piece of paper.
You need the length of each wall and where the doors and windows are located. It is best to write down the measurements in centimetres so that it is easier for you later. When you have taken all the measurements of the new rooms, do the same with the existing furniture. You will need the length and width of each piece of furniture. When you have taken all the measurements, start dividing them by 10 to reduce the scale.
Now you need a large sheet of white paper, preferably A3 size. First draw the room in a smaller scale on the paper, together with all doors and windows in the right places. Then draw all the furniture in small scale on a separate sheet of paper, label them and cut them out.
Now you can move them back and forth in your pre-drawn room, try out different constellations and see exactly which pieces of furniture fit best to scale where and where something might still be missing. With the help of this plan, you can also find out how big the missing pieces of furniture can be.
You can use this technique for all rooms, effectively planning which piece of furniture to place where. It does take a bit of work, but it’s worth it and gives you a better feel for the room. You can keep these plans and if you ever want to redesign your new home, it’s worth using them again.
Using colours to structure and design rooms
After you know how you want to place your furniture, you should think about the style that your new property should have. Of course, furniture is already a big part of the style, but you can change and direct it with accessories but especially with wall colors.
Some rooms do well with a normal white wall, because the furniture is very fancy and it is enough to put accessories to complete the style of the room. However, in a room with more subtle furniture, accents of color on the walls do very well. In general, it is advisable not to use too bright colors, as they can quickly make the room look very hectic and cluttered. For color accents, it is advisable to accentuate only certain areas of the room with it and not directly paint all four walls with it. For this, you should choose the right spot that supports the room in its style.
Another good tip to also make a room look taller is to not paint to the top of the wall, but leave a small border where the wall overflows into the ceiling with white paint. The room will look taller and therefore larger and more inviting. The texture of the wall is also key. For example, it makes a big difference whether you use ordinary woodchip wallpaper or leave the walls smoothly plastered.
It looks more elegant and softer to have the walls plastered, but is a greater expenditure of time – and money. Wallpaper also offers a great design surface. It is also recommended here not to resort to too colorful elements, but rather to subtle colors and great patterns. You can also use wallpaper to bring a certain flair to the room, such as photo wallpaper that depicts a brick wall and thus give the room an industrial look. Of course, the most important rule in interior design is ‘what you like is allowed’, but it’s worth looking at the latest trends and getting inspired.
Decoration: Accents shape the room
After the arrangement of the furniture and the colors of the walls is determined, the room is ultimately completed by the right accessories. Often, and especially for inexperienced room decorators, it makes sense to get the accessories after the walls are painted and the furniture is in place. You can simply better visualize where a picture or plant would look best in the almost finished room. Accessories shape the room and ultimately, you’ll never really be done because great accessories can be found everywhere and you can always add to their collection. In general, you should decide on a color pattern and stick to it, their furniture and wall color should also fit into this pattern. For a plain room, fancy accessories, a special painting or a great big lamp to give the room some flair. In rooms with special statement pieces, such as a colorful sofa or a patterned wallpaper, more subtle accessories should complement.
The most important thing in interior design is that you follow your own style and design the room so that you feel comfortable in it. The most important thing is that you find yourself in the design and that it represents you as a person.