Styles and trends change throughout the years, both in fashion and in architecture.
However, where it’s most noticeable is in the interior of a home.
Old curtains from the 70’s, ragged carpet, linoleum on the floor of the kitchen areas and lace under curtains are all signs of outdated interior design, and can make your home seem seriously aged. Aside from getting some Instyle home accessories, how can you keep up with the trends and keep your home looking fresh? This article can lay bare the misconceptions and telltale signs of age, and tell you how best to combat them.
The colour schemes on the interior of your house are key in keeping a fresh appearance, as a mismatch of colours can look good in some very specific ways. With that said, these can also tend to look like a place that has been added to progressively instead of designed from the top down. Try matching your colours, or using colours that compliment each other when picking colourful items for your home.
The style of your home refers to the overall look of everything within, and not just one or two featured items. Have a look at the design of the furniture in all rooms and ask yourself, “does this match?”. Mostly, the answer will be a resounding “no”, but in rooms with a hallway and a door separating them from the rest of the house, unity in style is less important. Sort out your main rooms and marvel at the difference made.
The quality of your furniture speaks volumes to people who visit your house, and the age can say a lot about where it’s come from. Think about your coffee table, for example. Where and when did you get it? Is it faded or aged? Are there stains all over the surface? It could be time for a new one where extensive wear and tear is apparent.
Your floors suffer the most punishment out of anything else in your house. They spend each day being trodden on and are always on display, in every room, all day and night. Deciding whether or not to replace carpet for floorboards, or lino for tiles, or tiles for carpet might seem a bit tricky, but think about what that room is used for, and what looks best, and the decision becomes clearer.
The lighting in your house can do a lot to aid or abet the feel of a space, which can drastically affect how people remember it. Harsh white lights can be sterile and cold, making even the cosiest of places look and feel like crime scenes. On the flipside, warmer lighting can make a place feel more comfortable, even in highly uncomfortable situations.
Lastly, there is the technology we incorporate into our lives.
With new additions of USB ports in standard outlet sockets, chargers become less necessary. This can streamline the look of a hallway or living room area by getting rid of the tangle of wires caused by the charging of our many devices. There are other tech items available that can help to revolutionise the interaction with technology in your home, as well.
Taking stock of all these items mentioned and making an effort towards correcting the ones you wish to correct can have a huge, positive impact on the overall feel of your house, which can in turn aid the aesthetic side of things.