Designing for Function with Class
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.
We all have spent time on Pinterest or Houzz looking at all the elegant home styles, admiring the elegance and class that radiates from the photos, and wishing we could have some of that in our own home. Although we love these ideas and dreaming of a space just like it there is also a concern that it may not be functional for your particular lifestyle especially if you have young children. The good news is that a classy, stylish home can also be as functional as any other design choice. A luxurious feel doesn’t mean you forfeit convenience or comfort for your family. There are multiple ways to make your home look elegant while remaining a usable space at the same time plus it doesn’t have to break the bank either. Here are a few helpful ways to upgrade your home to another level with ease.
New lighting in the home
The standard lights that come with your home often are a base model and appear in a host of other homes which can easily make your home feel boring and even outdated, after all contractors usually choose cost over looks. This is where a designer light fixture can make a world of difference. Changing out a light in your room can take it from drab to fab in an instant and don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to finding the right one for you. Light fixtures can be a wonderful way to express your personality in a space. Maybe you want something bold or bespoke. Antique stores and flea markets can provide you with an opportunity to locate lights that are more vintage or you can check out a local showroom that has some of the latest creations from popular designers. Newer selections may also be more energy efficient than your current light fixtures which can lower your utility bill, just an added bonus. By changing out a few light fixtures you can create a whole new vibe in your space making it feel like a room from your favorite Houzz project.
Never underestimate the importance of window treatments in the home, without them your space can look empty and even cheap. There is no end of options on fabric, style, and size meaning that you can find something you love within your budget. Window treatments also come with several benefits including:
- Privacy from others
- Protection from harmful UV rays
- Power bill reduced
We love large windows that allow natural light into a space and let you enjoy the beauty of nature but when the sun sets we all want privacy. There is nothing worse than having a large window in a main area of the home that cannot be sealed off after dark. It can make us feel vulnerable and exposed but with the right window treatments you can make it work for you. Companies like Graber Blinds also provide energy efficient design options that protect against window drafts, distracting glare, and UV damage. From shades to drapery, they offer so many styles and sizes you are guaranteed to find exactly what you need for your space indoor or outdoors. When looking to create a more elegant feel in your room, pick materials that reflect that choice such as linen and cotton, many man-made fabrics tend to look cheap. The right window treatments can do wonders for your home.
Storage is a critical part of any area in the home and should be included in the design of a renovation or remodel but that does not mean you still can’t have a space that looks elegant. Think about areas that can be naturally enhanced and utilized for storage such as your entryway. A mudroom or drop zone can dramatically reduce the amount of items that get lost or scattered around the front door and add a bit of luxury at the same time. A custom built drop zone can include features that are designed with your family in mind such as a shoe rack or charging station for your devices that need to go to school or the office. Add some deep cubbies dedicated to each family member where they can place their hats, scarves, backpacks, or other accessories that might get misplaced otherwise. This will also save you time during the morning rush to get out the door on time. Custom built-ins are another way to increase your storage capacity while creating a beautiful statement piece in your room. They are a wonderful choice for living or family rooms where extra books and games can be neatly tucked away but within reach. Storage is essential and can be elegant if done correctly.
Color in the home
Color is one of the best design elements available that can refresh any space with ease. You can easily paint an entire room to make it stand out or come together. You can opt to do an accent wall which makes a stunning statement especially in bedrooms or living areas. Color can unify an area or add some visual interest plus it is one element that is versatile to work anywhere and with anything. When going for an elegant or classy vibe there are certain guidelines that accomplish this better. Bold and dramatic colors like black instantly make an area look luxurious and modern while soft neutrals invoke a sense of calm charm and character suitable for any occasion or setting. Browse places like Pinterest or interior design blogs that showcase the many ways you can incorporate and harness the power of color throughout your home. From simple accessories to accent walls, color can give your home the new vibe you are looking for without hindering the function and flow of your space.
Selecting accent pieces is not just about adding a few things to fill a space in your living or dining room. They serve an important purpose, after all, details matter because they can influence the overall feel of a room. Too many and the room feels cluttered, too few and it will feel empty. Knowing just the right balance can go a long way in making your home feel like it belongs in an interior design magazine. Adding a gold framed mirror near the entryway can make it feel a little luxurious or a modern piece of art hanging above your mantle. Blending the perfect combination of accent pieces can go a long way to creating the elegant vibe you want in your home. Don’t forget that there are many pieces that add a little extra function to your space as well, such as an ottoman that doubles as a storage for blankets. Take some time to browse some of your favorite shops for something new and useful for your home.
A classy yet functional home
We understand that your home is the place that is meant to reflect your specific personality and should be your favorite hangout. Sometimes that means that it is time to rethink your current design and give it a nice revamping which is why we created our showroom. This 5,000 square foot area is full of accent pieces, lighting options, and furniture that can provide you with the right amount of function and class you will need for your home. Come by and visit us while enjoying a complimentary beverage on us.
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