Interior design has changed considerably over the years as new technologies have prompted spectacular design solutions, ideas and improvements. The following four design and decor innovations have raised the bar for interior design.
Smoke & Mirrors
Most of us think that mirrors are just there, in the home, to show us our reflections. But switched-on interior designers know that mirrors can do so much more. Most importantly, they catch and reflect the light to create the impression of more space. Knowing this, it might be tempting to install floor-to-ceiling mirrors in every room of your home. Of course, big mirrors can be expensive, so they should be used sparingly and wisely.
A designer will be able to assess the natural lighting in the space and determine the best placement for mirrors. If wisely installed, the mirror can ‘open up’ the room and create a sense of more space. Savvy designers on a tight budget can create a ‘mirror gallery’ with an assortment of discounted thrift store mirrors. Depending on the overall aesthetic of the space, they might hang an eclectic mixture of mirrors on the available wallspace, or paint the various mirror frames the same colour to give them a consistent, contemporary look and feel.
Space-saving loft beds
With the proliferation of new developments and compact condos in Australia, clever interior designers have sought to introduce a range of crafty space-saving measures. Amongst them, the popular loft bed has been a winner.
The loft bed concept first found favour amongst designers working in lofty industrial spaces with high ceilings. But now, even when vertical space is limited, the loft bed has become a common space-saving solution. By building in a loft bed structure, designers are able to utilize the space beneath the loft bed, either for storage or office space.
Create the illusion of high ceilings
High ceilings can be hard to come by. But savvy interior designers have dreamed up several smart techniques for creating the impression that average height ceilings look loftier than they really are.
For starters, low-profile furniture occupies less physical space and makes the distance between the top of the furnishings and the ceiling seem considerably greater. Combine low-profile furniture with highly hung curtains, and your ceiling will suddenly appear further away than it is. When curtains are extended past the top of the window frame to the ceiling, they have the visual effect of ‘stretching’ the height of the walls.
Modern developments often have limited floor space. This makes the massive pantries, linen closets and walk-in robes of yesteryear little more than a memory. But although our built-in storage capacity is shrinking, we still need space to stash our worldly possessions – and smart interior designers have come up with some crafty solutions. The answer to the ever-growing storage conundrum is right there in front of us – on the walls. From wall-mounted shelving to bookcases built into alcoves and under staircases, the modern designer is adept at converting otherwise barren wall surfaces into nifty, good-looking storage spaces.
The art and craft of interior design continues to evolve and impress. As witnessed here, an innovative designer calls upon a range of tricks and tactics to manipulate your interiors to create the illusion of space and improve the Feng Shui. These four simple innovations are just a few easy design options that can help you open your mind and open up your living quarters.
Author: Dave is the Managing Director and Founder of the DJW Property, an award winning real estate agency, achieving great success as the market leaders in the exclusive suburb of real estate in Sylvania Waters. He is a leading real estate agent in Sydney for approx. 20 years and dealing with various properties for sale in Sylvania Waters. Dave with his in-depth knowledge continually strives to achieve the perfect property transaction for his clients.