THE RENO RULES
Turn your vision into reality by following these simple interior design tips.
Follow these six interior design tips to make your renovation vision a reality.
THE ULTIMATE AIM of most successful renovations is to produce an end result that seamlessly merges new additions with the existing interior. The goal generally is to create spaces that feel as if they’ve always been there and flow effortlessly into the rest of your home. (An alternative approach is to make a feature of the clash between old and new styles, but with unifying elements throughout.)
Besides setting a realistic budget, including up to 20 per cent extra for unforeseen circumstances, you can help the process run smoothly by researching materials, making a renovation timeline and finding the right contractors for you.
KEEP THE FUTURE IN MIND
It’s easy to get hooked on the latest interior trends and include them all in your design, but fads can date your house quickly and limit its appeal when it’s time to sell. Renovations aren’t cheap, so make changes that will last for years. Adding on-trend interior elements – such as pendant lights, tapware or a tiled splashback – to a classic base will create just enough of a contemporary edge to keep the look fresh. And a few design elements can be relatively inexpensive to change as fashions, and your tastes, evolve.
A good reno should unify the spaces in your home. A house where everything just seems to flow and feel right is likely to have a common style or theme running throughout its interior.
Whether you’re adding a new space or renovating an old one, creating unity and cohesion should be a priority. Think about what you already have and what you want the space to look and feel like. Unity can be achieved by carefully choosing and balancing elements such as furniture, lighting, colour, texture and materials. Keeping light switches, doors, handles, recessed lights and skirtings the same throughout will ensure a seamless interior.
SAME-SAME BUT DIFFERENT
If you are renovating a bathroom, stick to the same palette of colours and materials you’ve used in the rest of the house. However, you can execute the elements in different ways. For example, your bathrooms might have concrete-tiled floors and white wall tiles, but the main bathroom could include a wooden feature wall or wooden vanity, and the ensuite a wooden shelf and mirror. The wooden elements link the rooms, but each has its own individual character.
LIMIT YOUR COLOUR PALETTE
Most renovators take the opportunity to repaint the whole house so old and new spaces coordinate. Limit your home’s interior colour palette to no more than three colours, and play with their tints, shades and tones to add interest in the scheme and within rooms. You may want to start with soft greys (the new white). If you opt for a stronger colour – navy, for example – balance it with decorative items such as cushions, art or a rug.
PICTURES TELL THE STORY
Save your contractors – and yourself – time and money by preparing Pinterest boards and collecting magazine images which illustrate the style you’re after. Don’t rely on your verbal explanation, and their interpretation of it, to get the results you want.