Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
To some the words “interior design” merely imply good decor taste but there is so much more meaning and intent behind these words. It goes beyond knowing what fabric goes best for window treatments in a bedroom or which color is the better choice for a particular room. The purpose of interior design is to create a space that doesn’t just look pretty but is functional for your lifestyle while representing what matters to you, what makes you feel like you are truly home. It is designing a space that provides the solutions you need in a way that integrates into your everyday routines. Your home revolves around you and your experience matters which is one of the main goals accomplished with a good interior design plan. Utilizing interior design has many benefits for the homeowner, let’s explore four of them and how they can improve your daily life.
An important part of interior design is using the elements of design to solve everyday problems that come when there has been no thought given to the flow and function inside the home. Struggling with where to store things that you need access to on a regular basis? Interior design can help you solve this by creating areas within reach that provide storage while still keeping the house looking nice such as an ottoman that allows you to store blankets inside. Wondering how to make a room look bigger? There are several interior design tricks that can create the illusion of more space, for example, if you have low ceilings consider using furniture that is close to the ground causing the eye to be drawn toward the ceiling instead. Utilizing interior design principles can also help you solve additional problem areas in the home including:
Hide worn out flooring
Increasing natural light
Gaining cabinet space
Form multiple zones in one room
Problems will arise in the home, that’s normal but that does not mean they have to remain a problem. A new rug can be used to hide those worn out areas on your floor caused by heavy foot traffic. Strategically placing a mirror or two in a room that has minimal natural light can suddenly increase it making a room feel brighter. Even though a studio apartment is often one large space you can create a multifunctional space for several activities through furniture placement. Understanding the value of interior design can help solve problems in your home making it perfect for everyone.
Enjoy your space
Home is the place where we are meant to relax, where we walk through the doors and immediately feel better. It is where we make memories and experience life with those we love. This is one of the benefits of having a good interior design as it plays a vital part in forming the atmosphere and mood present in our home. Intention is a critical factor when planning your interior design because it causes you to think about the purpose of each space. To enjoy a space there needs to be certain elements that form the right environment for each activity. A bedroom should have colors that make you smile, textures that you love, and furniture that suits your lifestyle such as a cozy chair or a bed that’s just the right size. If you are designing a family room then there needs to be things included so everyone can enjoy the space at the same time. Selecting seating that is fun for everyone or making sure there is plenty of good lighting for those late nights is the essence of what interior design is all about. Stylish comfort is real and can help you relish coming home everyday.
Will grow with you
Our home is meant to be adaptable for all states in life. It should be suitable for the kids but able to age in place for you down the road. Interior design can assist you in choosing decor pieces and layouts that are exactly what you need for everyone without compromising the beauty of your style. When it comes to designing a home environment that is kid-friendly there are a few things to keep in mind. Furniture is one of the larger items on the list. Since there will be many accidents and adventures taking place inside the four walls of your home it’s recommended to opt for pieces that are durable and practical. Color is something that should be encouraged when having young children as well since it affects the overall mood of the home and adds a spark of fun plus it is a great way to incorporate the things they enjoy by painting walls or selecting items for their spaces in colors they love. Read a few more helpful hints and tips from an article posted by Real Simple on decorating for children. As you transition into the season when kids are moving on and you enter those retirement years there are a few things you can do to adjust your home to this new lifestyle. Consider flooring that has fewer transitions and rugs that are slip resistant. Plenty of lighting is another thing to incorporate into areas of the home that are used often such as the bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Good interior design choices can result in a home that adjusts to you with ease.
Keeps it clean
A beautiful home is one thing but keeping it that way is another matter entirely. A good use of interior design, however, can make the task much easier by implementing a few rules and tips. Begin with a design that is less cluttered because a small stash of clutter will soon lead to more which leaves you feeling stressed and your space looking cramped. Take stock of what you have and what you don’t use on a regular basis. What you haven’t used in a year is the perfect candidate for a donation center or if it is in poor condition, the dump. The less you have in a room the easier it is to keep clean and presentable at all times. A great design tip also includes selecting stain resistant fabric for furniture and even rugs. Messes are inevitable but fabric that has been pretreated can be a lifesaver. There are also area rugs that have been coated with a chemical finish that prevents stains from settling into the fibers which means less work for you the next time an unfortunate accident occurs. Another tip would be to select design elements that are suited for your current lifestyle. For instance, if you still have young children at home don’t purchase a light colored couch because we all know that they are a magnet for stains. These are options that should be saved when the children are older or out of the house.
Benefits of interior design
Interior design is more than just a way to make your home look beautiful, it is about designing a place that is perfect for the needs of you and your family. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to try and figure it out on your own which is why we are here to help. Lighting, furniture, decor pieces, and more, our 5,000 square foot showroom offers more than just these items, it offers the inspiration you’ve been looking for to redesign your home. Come visit us in Uptown Shelby and enjoy browsing our many displays for yourself.