There are a number of different types of interior design out there. Some will really appeal to you. Some will make you raise your eyebrows and question how anyone could ever think that style looks good, nevermind desirable enough to implement in their own homes. In order to find the best type of interior design to meet your personal preferences, as well as your needs, it’s a good idea to carry out a little research into all of the different options available to you and determining which you like best. Let’s take a moment to look at two options that you might want to consider and simple ways you can make your living spaces follow their guidelines.
Wherever you’ve been looking for interior design inspiration, whether that’s flicking through interior design magazines, browsing Pinterest interior design boards, or taking a look through interior design Instagram tags, chances are you’ve noticed a particular aesthetic reigning supreme. This is minimalism. Minimalism has wide appeal and caters to many people’s aesthetic preferences and style. It’s essentially a simple and basic form of interior design that purposefully reduces the number of belongings that you have and aims to make your living spaces appear as clear, empty, spacious and clutter-free as possible. While it may look pretty straightforward and basic, it can be pretty difficult to pull off without making your living spaces look sterile and artificial. Here are some tips that you can follow to give yourself the best chance of achieving a comfortable looking, minimalist living space.
The first step that many of us need to take when adopting minimalism is to declutter. We tend to accrue a huge number of unnecessary belongings over the years and you’re going to have to dispose of many of them to achieve a truly minimalist look. Go through everything you own and determine what you actually use. If you don’t use something, or no longer use something that you used to, it may be time for it to go. Where possible, recycle or donate to charity stores. You may even be able to sell more expensive items that have retained value.
Minimise on Everything, Even Essentials
Of course, you can’t simply get rid of everything. When you’re living in a minimalist household, you’re still human and you’re going to need certain belongings to get by. There are also other things that you don’t necessarily need, but definitely enjoy. So, don’t cut out everything you love. Instead, focus on minimising wherever you can. You can still minimise on the things that you do need through their design and placement in your home. Let’s take a moment to focus on tables as an example. Generally speaking, you’re going to need some sort of table in your home. Whether that’s for eating at, writing at, sitting at, or entertaining at. So many different tables exist for so many different purposes. Coffee tables, dressing tables, dining tables, writing desks and computer desks are just a few examples. But to minimise, you can invest in one good quality table that is fit for every purpose, rather than having a number of tables in your home. One is more than enough for most people and households. You might also want to consider adjustable tables, which can be adjusted to stay small, but expand when necessary. Nesting or stacking tables also tend to be a good option.
Storage is the Key to Success
All of us have some belongings. As we’ve already established, there are going to be a few things that you use or simply don’t want to get rid of. The good news is that this can still work with a minimalist home. You simply have to look into effective and discreet storage solutions. There are so many options out there. From underbed storage to cupboards, cabinets, sliding wardrobes and more. Whatever you need to store, there should be a simple and largely non visible way to tuck it away.
A second type of interior design that you may be interested in is farmhouse design. Now, this varies quite a lot from minimalist design. Instead of being sleek, polished and finished, it will appear more lived in, more comfortable and warm, and have more of a homely rather than “show home” look. You needn’t live in a cottage or actual farmhouse to achieve it either. You can bring a farmhouse feel to any property.
Exposed Brick Walls
Farmhouses are often well known for their beautiful, exposed brick walls. If your home doesn’t have brick walls, don’t worry. You can still achieve the appearance. You just have to bring someone in to fit brick slip cladding, which basically involves attaching brick faces to a wall with brick slip tile adhesive. This will help to achieve an exposed brick look in any of your interior spaces, or even the exterior of your property if you wish. Sure, it’s an investment. But it’s definitely worth it for the final impact.
Many farmhouses have upcycled furniture and decorations. This gives things a well loved and well worn look, without having to actually have old or damaged upholstery, furniture or other belongings. If you’re investing in new furniture or fittings for your home, browse the market for items made from reclaimed wood. This is essentially recycled or reused wood and can have a well worn look. When it comes to appliances, consider having vintage appliances, like Aga stoves and vintage kitchen appliances, repaired and made to work like new. Of course, you will need to ensure that the work is carried out by an experienced and qualified professional for the sake of safety. Real vintage goods will give your home a real authentic feel. You should also consider repurposing old belongings. Use old shirts to create cushion covers or seat covers for chairs. Wooden barrels make the perfect planter for any indoor plants you might have. Not only will this all help you to achieve a farmhouse feel, but it will also be fun, encouraging you to get creative, practical and carry out a little DIY. You could also use Pipe Fitting Furniture for a real rustic and authentic look!
Farmhouse interiors tend to use relatively neutral colour palettes. It would be extremely rare to find a farmhouse painted a bold or vibrant shade, such as red, orange, yellow, bright blue, bright green, or another brighter tone. Instead, you should consider colours like shades of mushroom, light grey, or duck egg blue. If you’re looking for a warmer tone, you might want to try out subtle shades of pale pink, vanilla, magnolia or cream. It’s always worth purchasing a sample pot of any colour you’re considering trying to be sure you like the shade once it’s dried. If you find the right shade for you, get the whole pot and start painting!
These, of course, are just two of many interior design styles and trends you might want to consider implementing in your home. But hopefully, the above advice will help you to try them out if they’re something you’re interested in. If they’re not for you, do a little more research. Browse various sources for inspiration. You’ll find something that you like and that ticks more of your boxes soon enough!
*This is a collaborative post*