Design Trends: The Minimalist
When undertaking a home makeover, a lot of things can go wrong which is why we recommended you hire a professional interior decorator.
If this isn’t possible, for one reason or the other, you’ll find the following DIY tips most useful.
· Scale, Scale, Scale: Scaling is very important in achieving beautiful aesthetics. Home furnishing should come in different shapes and sizes. Never cram items that are of the same shape and size. Large amounts of small objects makes the room cluttered and unfocused whereas many large objects makes the room small and overstuffed. The trick is to achieve the right balance.
· Pick fabric and furniture before paint: This is usually the most common design mistake. When moving into a new space, we often think of what colour to paint the house without considering its furniture. As a result, we end up with a situation where the colors of a room doesn’t match everything else in it. When moving or renovating, first pick out furniture and fabrics before picking the paint. It’s easier to find paint in several shades than the other way around.
· Add a focal Point: Every room in your house should have a focal point, a center of attraction. It’s where your eye lands whenever you walk into a room. In a TV room for instance, the focal point is usually the television. All other furnishing arrangement direct attention to the television. The same principle applies to all rooms in the house. Whether it’s a console, oversized chest or an oil painting, ensure there is a focal point.
· Proper artwork/ photo arrangement: In Nigeria, there’s the temptation to cover walls with family photos or artwork. This results in the house looking clustered and busy. Instead, why not pick a few favourite photos and mount them in a series of similar looking gold and silver frames to achieve a collage style effect? If you must use a bunch load of photos and artwork, you can try a floor to ceiling type of wall gallery. Turn an entire wall area into a mini gallery but bear in mind you need a skilled eye to pull this off.
· Plain White Walls: White walls are gorgeous and provide the perfect background for incredible decor. Yet, when not done right, your home would end up looking like a hospital ward. Consideration must also be made for children and pets. You wouldn’t want gray smudges everywhere, now would you?
Overall, know yourself and your family’s needs. These tips, while useful, can only take you so far. It’s your home and you should feel a sense of belonging each time you walk into it. So ensure your home speaks to YOU!