Interior design

Interior Design Tips for a Long-Lasting First Impression

When dreaming of a house, we don’t just expect blank walls with some useful furniture. We always dream of having extravagantly decorated living rooms, a relaxing bedroom, some feel-good balconies, ample storage, and much more. All of these minor factors not only make you feel exceptional about your space but also makes a wow statement on your guests. 

However, to create impactful interiors for your space, you need to get a hold of the very basics. It will help you throughout the whole designing process.

Therefore, if you are someone who’s planning on renovating their house interiors, you need to keep up with the recent trends too. Here are some interesting interior design trends 2020 that would definitely help you kick start your planning process.

1. Opt for an open plan

With the reducing size of apartments and houses, we need to move our attention to the concept of open planning. Even if you live in an existing apartment or a bungalow, you can always try altering the internal partitions and make your space more open. (But of course, seek professional advice before doing that). Having an open living, dining, and kitchen area can also make small spaces look larger while giving a sense of openness. If you are not a big fan of having an open kitchen, you can always combine just the living and dining areas together. 

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Combined living and dining area giving a spacious feel

2. Accentuate your walls

Whether it be a living room or a bedroom, you might not want your guests to bump into a blank wall. To avoid situations like these, you need to have some accent pieces onto your wall to create a good first impression. You can spill all your thoughts, creativity, experiences, and skills onto it. This would help your room look more thoughtful and appealing at the same time. If you are someone who has a creative thumb, you can try hanging some paintings, frames or even an antique wall clock. However, if you can’t think of anything else, you can simply put up a beautiful wallpaper or an interesting texture paint to brighten up your wall. 

3. Add accent furniture

Furniture is one feature that adds up to the vibe of the entire space. When considering a lavishly decorated space, we might want to include at least one furniture item that contrasts with the rest of the furniture. It acts as a focal point of the space. Here are a few Interior design tips that you can consider –

  • In a living area, we can place a bright coloured modern chair with a simple metal console in front of a wall. This would not only cover up the blank wall but will also accentuate your living space. We can also try adding an antique centre table or place some loose colourful poufs around, for seating purposes. 
  • For the bedroom, you can add a simple love seat with either contrasting cushions or upholstery. You can also try adding two chairs with a coffee table as a piece of accent furniture. 
  • For the entrance foyer, you can place an antique console with either an artefact or textured paint in the background. This would simply grab the viewers’ attention as soon as they walk into space. 
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Accent yellow ocher chairs placed in combination with grey sofas.

4. Flooring

Flooring is one of those initial things that cannot be left unseen. The same has to be decided according to the look that we are aiming at. If we are aiming for a luxurious living space, we might consider having some stone flooring such as granite and marble. However, if we are aiming for a subtle yet rich feel, we can consider wooden flooring. Besides these, there are other varieties such as ceramic tiles, mosaic tiles, vinyl tiles, and carpets that can be used depending upon your taste.

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Wooden flooring

5. Powder room

It is a common guest washroom but without a bathing area. It’s often planned close to the living or dining area for easy access. People don’t usually pay much attention to powder rooms. However, did you know a charming powder room can help you create a great impression on your invitees? 

All the fixtures in a powder room should be well arranged with adequate interior lighting. You can totally go off-limits and play around with this space. Add full height mirrors in combination with artificial plants on one single wall can be a great way to go. You can experiment with the internal fixtures viz. replacing normal under counter basins with over counter basin or even stand-alone pedestal basins. 

6. Adequate lighting

Apart from natural lighting, it is very important to have efficiently lit interiors. Having just one single type of artificial light is never enough for any space. The layering of light is one key aspect that needs to be considered for a good first impression. We always try layering general lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. You can also try adding heavy lights such as antique lights, chandeliers and heavy pendants in foyers, living room and bedroom respectively.

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7. Go-Green

Having a hint of green provokes positivity and good health in every space. Therefore, it is important to have a few plants inside the house. When considering luxurious interiors, we can have large planters to enhance the space. Plants such as Rhapis palm, areca palm, Ficus tree, Dracaena Arborea, etc can be used. All these large scale plants can be plated next to your TV unit in the living area, next to you console in the entrance foyer, besides your coffee table in the bedroom or you can simply line up 3-4 planters close to your window.

However, if you are willing to adopt small indoor plants then you can go for plants such as money plant, succulents, Jade plant, ferns, etc. You can consider placing them on your consoles, bedside table, coffee table, the centre table in your living area or you can just hang them through the window pelmet.

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There are numerous possibilities for decorating your home interior. Treat your home as a canvas and paint it just the way you like it. The above-mentioned tips on interior design can help you glam up your space. You can try out the ones that fit your need as well as your pocket.