20+ Interior Design Ideas to Upgrade Your Home
Throughout decades and generations, home interior designs have been diversifying where each style offers an experience distinct from the other. Trends come and go, but the practice of designing your space will stand the test of changing times. When it comes to upgrading spaces whether it’s the traditional type or a prefab home, there are no limits – only widened horizons.
In your search for the finest home designs, let Revolution guide you with essential design tips to get you started. Here are over 20 smartest ways to give your home interiors a significant upgrade.
1. Set up a gallery wall.
A gallery wall is a perfect piece of attraction to put up in your home for a daily source of inspiration and motivation. Setting up a striking gallery wall depends on three things: a collective testimony of your life interests, a lively layout of frames, and the positioning of each frame.
Similar to art museums, a gallery wall is best viewed at eye level.
2. Use curtains as room dividers.
Curtains are a convenient alternative to walls when dividing and adding room spaces without sacrificing your right to privacy, light entryway, and room ambiance. These are also an interesting feature to your home that contributes a sense of creativity and comfort even when drawn.
Similar to designing walls, you can place patterned and colorful curtains in rooms to add a cheerful effect, together with heavy drapes for rooms needing absolute separation.
3. Add decorative wall mirrors.
Decorative wall mirrors can alter your home’s overall atmosphere as long as it’s properly maintained and positioned at the right angles. Before purchasing mirrors, think about its role in your home. Small-sized mirrors work best for added decorations, while big mirrors are a great asset in every entrance way, as it invites light and becomes an immediate resource to tidy up before leaving.
For bedrooms, full-length mirrors are a common attribute, as it’s needed mainly for walk-in closets. For an additional feel, mirrors have its own styles as well such as vintage, oriental, or minimalist. Regardless of your choice, mirrors are definitely an addition in every room.
4. Use area rugs as hallway runners.
Rugs are a decorative tool that can enhance a room’s length and introduce a bigger feel of the entire room because of its adorning patterns and textures that serve as a balancing element to a room’s substantial space.
Area rugs are commonly found in living and dining rooms where most people gather together and have discussions. Consider placing area rugs on hallways and entryways to give visitors an aerial view of your home.
5. Transform stairs as space savers.
Space-saving stairs were first introduced by Japanese architect, Kotaro Anzai, to maximize storage and room space. As told by Anzai, space-saving stairs can be achieved by dividing the remaining areas to be used for interior storage.
Inspired by traditional Japanese architecture, stairs with built-in cabinets have been of great interest with most interior designs as an answer to most homeowners’ need for space and minimalism.
6. Paint your bathroom with blue.
Bathrooms shouldn’t always stick to its signature white colors. Instead, make your bathroom stand out by painting it with modern blues. Blue colors will make bathtubs, toilets, and cabinets stick out, making your bathroom another warm room in your home alongside others.
7. Let the outdoors in.
Go green, not just with your lifestyle but with your home as well. Invite the outdoors inside your home’s corners by placing as many potted plants and trees as you can within rooms not only for its aesthetic appeal but also to help in air regulation. Green plants can also contribute to a room’s overall color, structure, and atmosphere.
8. Adopt a Zen-inspired design.
Zen-styled homes are inspired by Japanese gardens, usually associated with being a place for retreat and meditation. Allot a specific space in your entryway where you can put a spot of puddle to achieve a calming feel into the house.
Adopting a Zen-styled home with a touch of contemporary can make your home an establishment of peace and rejuvenation.
9. Enliven your room with bright pillows.
Bright pillows, despite its size, can uplift a room’s mood with its presence alone. Plain and white furniture is the perfect stage to uphold the decorating charm of bright pillows as it provides an opportunity for contrasting colors to work out together.
Here’s the catch: bright and colorful pillows can never get out of style. You just have to change them seasonally and pop in different colors and patterns now and then for full effect.
10. Have some hanging pots.
Draped kitchenware is not just for decorative means, as hanging pots and pans beneath your kitchen’s ceiling is an effective way to declutter and provide more storage space.
Despite its appeal, hanging pots may perturb some due to its downfalls such as blocking the lights, and hanging utensils too high may disturb cooking. Nonetheless, hanged pots can make your kitchen a state of its own art spontaneity.
11. Upgrade with two-toned walls.
Painting only a half of the wall is a stylish contemporary trend that can be incorporated with minimalism, as most half wall design enthusiasts prefer to use grays and whites over other colors.
Rooms with two-toned walls are pleasing to the eye as you get to see the best of both colors. This designing trend is also of great relief for most homeowners, particularly those who have high ceilings, as it’s easier to paint and you can experiment on the boundaries to give way to the next color. However, be wary of picking colors as it may turn out unappealing.
12. Make cheap furniture look extravagant with white.
White is a staple color that evokes both luxury and simplicity in one hue. Inexpensive furniture can be a game changer when painted with white, whether it’s glossy or not, as the color can impact visual changes and people will not spare even one thought that your furniture wasn’t of high caliber.
13. Use bold, accented walls.
Having accent walls in a room is a bold statement of expression. It evokes a balance of colors and patterns without being too exaggerated and plain. An accent wall also gives focus to certain features of your home and highlights it among the other elements in a room.
You can also explore on subtlety for an interesting color scheme and accentuate spaces and color flows between objects and walls.
14. Install rocky walls.
Rocks may be a design feature as old as time, but time and time again, it evolves into the interior and exterior pieces that highlight a room. Having rocks as the sound basis of your walls is a brilliant choice, as rocks are durable, can be relaxing to look at, elegant, timeless, and gives your interior look the same quality with your exterior designs.
15. Adopt a vintage bathroom.
If you’re aiming for a unique feel for your home, apply unusual elements to stray from the usual flow of housing components. In such cases, bathrooms are a perfect opportunity to dress up with unexpected themes.
A vintage bathroom is a stylish venture, as you can stroll around secondhand and thrift stores that often sell vintage items for half the price. You get to save and have a whole new bathroom experience for reserve.
16. Build an indoor treehouse.
An indoor treehouse is a playful addition to the kids’ room and when you lack exterior space. It can also act as a storage facility that needs to be found immediately, instead of storing it in the basement.
Setting up an indoor treehouse may be a grueling task, but DIYs from cardboards and bunk beds can be practiced as an essential introduction for a more established treehouse.
17. Have full restoration with high-gloss paint.
High-gloss paint can give full restoration on chipped and barren furniture with a few coats. Painting with high-gloss, while it seems simple enough, still requires attention and proper handling.
The object that you’re going to refurnish must be well-ventilated, and while high-gloss works like a charm on wood panels, it may not be the same as glass, plastic, and stones. With this achieved, you’ll have a ‘brand new’ furniture in no time at lesser cost.
18. Paint your bookshelves with fun colors.
Paint your bookshelves with bright colors to make the objects within pop out and enliven the room quarters. Bookshelves are the simplest way to start, as it only requires the background to be painted to highlight its contents.
A little color brings an extensive impact on the overall atmosphere of the room—eliminating sluggish blank spaces and replacing it with bursting cheer.
19. Place colorful rugs on the floor.
Rugs are excellent additions to any space. When walls and ceilings fail to capture attention, rugs can make up for it. Experiment with textures, patterns, sizes, and colors to complement a room’s motives.
As one of the first stepping stones of a home’s interior, colorful rugs will pave the way for atmosphere escalation.
20. Decorate with wall of plates.
Similar with the art gallery, lining up decorative plates into a wall is another step ahead in interior designing. A wall of plates can also showcase your resourcefulness and creativity as you can make use of barren plates and revamp it to be hung on walls for people to see.
Line up plates of different color schemes and sizes to form a centerpiece in the living room or anywhere at eye level. Discover the art with the things you currently have and hidden beneath cupboards.
21. Use light colors for small rooms.
Dress small rooms and cramped spaces with light colors to make it appear bigger than it actually is. While dark colors are a top favorite when it comes to most interior design trends, the hue and saturation influences add to the room’s already limited space.
22. Install stained glass windows.
Stained glass is a standard light bearer that can inflict colors and traditional adaptability with each shape reflected. Gathering its stylish roots from old buildings and churches—the wonders of stained glass in a home are reminiscent of history and style.
Commonly placed on windows and doors, you can experiment by placing little pieces within ceilings and shelves for a more classic feel.
23. Mix old and new elements.
Some things are meant to be together, and in interior designing, mixing old and new elements is a trend that will always be appreciated regardless of time and style.
Spicing up a room accompanied with traditional objects and contemporary designs has a story or two to tell, and it’s best to relive such thoughts on a classic frame.
24. Install roof windows.
Contemporary roof windows pave the way for skylights and unaltered air to enter your home in a stylish way. Installing roof windows with the right angle will be a nice routine to wake up to, as you see the sunlight and the night skyline.
25. Provide window seats.
Window seats serve as a smart storage and a second reception for bedrooms and veranda lounges, as it is the sweetest spot to relax and rest in between short hours and breaks while the skyline observes at a standstill.
Depending on your resources and skills, window seats can be made with some spare wood and cushions.
26. Experiment with geometric designs.
Geometric designs rely on everything fluid—from fluid models that seem to have a life of its own, fluid colors and textures, and a fluid movement that never fails to attract attention in a geometric-styled home.
Geometric designs embody shapes and lines to form modern designs that invoke sheer creativity, particularity, and an energetic atmosphere.
27. Get at least one floating furniture item.
Provide an illusionary feel by ‘floating’ your furniture as an added appeal to most minimalist designs. This interior design trend has become a topic of interest, as hovering furniture suggests that a house is lightweight and has maximized spaces.
Apart from the gravity-defying aspect, it also stabilizes housing features that are often concentrated upon such as beds, tables, cabinets, and seats.
Homes are the universal embodiment of life stories shared between closed and open doors. Thus, the design of your abode is a significant complement to your home living experience.
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