Ready for a fresh start this new year? The award-winning architects of eco-id reveal the small touches that will make a big difference to your home.
Rather than an ambitious overhaul of your living space, try these stress-free décor tricks to help reinvent your crib with minimal effort. The experts from multi- disciplinary architectural practice eco-id, responsible for the stunning Capri by Fraser properties, have revealed 10 simple steps for creating the impression of space and order:
Avoid employing more than two types of wood in a given space
While no one likes the dated effect of overly coordinated design elements, mixing up multiple wood grains, tones and textures disrupts the visual flow of a room. Stick to similar wood veneers for consistency and a streamlined look.
Organise your storage space to reduce clutter
Clutter is the biggest obstacle to a healthy flow of energy in a home. From organising past issues of magazines into holders and spring cleaning your closet to concealing exposed shelves with a DIY roller blind, every little step you take to declutter can make your home feel dramatically airier and more spacious.
Use light colours on walls and floor to brighten a room
Pale colours help reflect light and make a room appear better illuminated, or even bigger than it really is. While white-on-white rooms may be too stark, pick off-white neutrals in the same tone (warm or cool) to create the same effect. Or simply paint the ceiling white to instantly perk up the space!
Hang pictures on the wall
A well-curated selection of photos or paintings adds visual interest to any home as well as a personal touch. And if you hang them up all at the same height, an illusion of order is created.
Put up mirrors to visually enlarge small spaces
Whether it’s the use of multiple mirrors or one gigantic reflective surface on a wall, mirrors are the easiest house hacks for faking plenty of room. For lazy DIY-ers, consider propping a heavy, framed mirror up against the wall to avoid having to dig out the drill or hammer.
Use warm-coloured light bulbs for a cosy ambience
Due to how our bodies react to light, warm lighting seems to aid relaxation, while bluish, cool-tone light (like that emitted by electronic devices with screens) tends to boost attention.
A combination of floor and table lamps breaks visual monotony
A mix of lighting at different heights add that something extra to a room as well as create a new dimension to a space. A variety of lighting effects also contributes to a welcoming aura for inhabitants and guests alike.
Use a rug to anchor the seating arrangement in the living room
Define the seating area or create a statement with a stand-out rug. While hard stone or wood flooring might impart a sense of luxury or warmth, soft touches like a beautiful area carpet give a room a comforting touch.
Colour-coordinate soft furnishing
From drapes and bedspreads to upholstery and cushion covers, consider matching the soft textures in a room by sticking to the same family of hues. It’s the easiest route to conveying visual harmony in a snap.
Employ just one feature wall in a space
A feature wall is a great alternative to giving your home a full makeover. Identify where your eye is naturally drawn to when you enter the room and make it your focal point by introducing a new colour, wallpaper or mural. Just remember, less is always more.