Some people want to add a sense of luxe to their home. Others want something bright and tropical. It may be that you prefer a chic and stylish industrial look. Or perhaps you love minimalism or classic design that will stand the test of time. Your imagination is your only limit when it comes to the spaces you can create in your home.
So, with that in mind, let’s look at three dream schemes that will sure to add some enticing new design to your home for the new year ahead.
If you want to create living and bedroom spaces that evoke peace tranquility and harmonious balance, then a Zen inspired home is the one for you. Use inspiration from Japanese design, Balinese spas, and minimalistic kitchens. Zen is not a design movement, but more a source of inspiration. If you want to draw on ideas from Japan, fill your home with cherry blossom, bonsai, and bamboo. In the kitchen invest in authentic Japanese ceramic bowls, raw materials such as concrete and wood and open shelving. Think streamlined design, simplicity, and function. In the living room, use earthy tones, sliding screens and low-to-the-floor wooden furniture. Consider hanging a beautiful kimono on the wall and invest in lots of plants to bring nature indoors. In Japan, every item in a room has a purpose, so make this your mantra too. In the bedroom, use traditional tatami mats, beautiful floor cushions and bamboo dressers and wardrobes. Balance is important in Japanese design so make sure everything is in harmony and that textures all work well together.
Industrial style design is all about showing off exposed steel and brickwork. It’s chic, hip and ever so stylish, and the aesthetic is all about raw materials that are organic or engineered. Think natural leather, cowhide, bare lighting and concrete worktops. Thomas Edison light bulbs work particularly well with this aesthetic. Concrete or natural wood tables look great in this kind of space as does any furniture with exposed steel legs. Floors should be wood or concrete too. Mix vintage pieces with modern design and always show off mechanical components when you can. Steampunk design often falls into the category of Industrial style homes. Industrial style apartments tend to have a masculine pared-back feel. But they can also look extremely glamorous with the addition of faux fur rugs, oversized contemporary art, and soft gray tones.
Iconic pieces of furniture will always stand the test of time and look classic and luxe no matter where you place them. Choose about three different pieces of iconic furniture for each room, as you don’t want to go overboard. You need to add some personal style to the room too. Designers to consider include Louis Kartell, Charles & Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and Charlotte Perriand. These are all modern designers circa early 1900’s onwards. They have all created prolific pieces of furniture and lighting. Iconic designs are instantly recognizable but also aesthetically pleasing and functional too. If you want a home that looks like it’s come straight out of the pages of a glossy magazine, then an iconic design is the style to go for.