While the vast majority of the UK have been staring at the same four walls of their home during the past 3 months in lock-down, it’s a safe bet to assume that many people have decided it’s time for a change of interiors.
Perhaps the colour on the wall no longer incites the same feeling of serenity that it once did? Maybe those nick-knacks and trinkets are failing to spark that sense of joy? And would that piece of furniture look better elsewhere? In another room or potentially another house?
Well, now is the perfect time to get those creative juices flowing with inspiration, to start planning, pin-boarding and collating – putting all those crazy ideas together in one place. But, before you let Pintrest flood your mind with endless possibilities, it’s essential to sit down with a cuppa and think about a few things that will set you in good stead to achieving that stand out interior design scheme.
Think flexibility and longevity
Embarking on an interior redesign can be timely, expensive, and slow burning – so you don’t want to rush ahead too fast and create a scheme that is going to fall apart within a year. You’re going to want to take your time and think about how you’re planning on using the space, for instance.
Yes, you might want that popular white & grey diamante scheme which you think will have your pal’s raging with envy, but does your three year old feel the same way? Or will they disregard the entirety of your efforts and proceed to play with those paints you swore you threw out and ruin the whole thing. Make sure to factor in all of these external aspects before you even think about logging onto Pinterest. Your sanity and bank account will thank you for it later.
While it is nice to dream about the ‘perfect’ design scheme, reality must be faced. What are you going to do with what you already have?
Sure, you could just throw it away but is that the right thing to do? Landfills around the globe are teeming to the brim with discarded items of furniture and decor, which are going to lay exactly where they are for thousands of years to come. Do you really want to add to that mess? Or do you want to take responsibility for your waste and put it to better use? The best thing to do here is to upcycle, re-home, or recycle – not to just simply throw it out.
And if you do opt to replace old items with something brand new (which is your choice), it won’t hurt to think about what impact the items you’re bringing into your home have had. Could this be an opportunity to invest in some more sustainably sourced / made items? Definitely! Just be aware of the habitual corporate habit of greenwashing.
Energy consumption is a major factor to consider in any building, let alone a design scheme. But, you don’t want to create a wonderfully lighted and heated space only to end up paying the extra odds for it being highly impactful on your carbon footprint, do you? It’s vital to think about the most cost-effective and efficient way of meeting both your homes and your own needs.
For example, in the majority of UK homes, most of the heat that is pumped into the place escapes right back out through the windows. This is because often the windows and frames are of an old age, and their insulation performance has deteriorated over time. The solution? Invest in some new windows that are highly insulating, or, alternatively if the money tree isn’t so fruitful, invest in some drapes or shades that will take on that insulating role while adding a little something- something to the feel and look of the room too.
And, while you’re thinking about your homes energy efficiency, why not think about changing your energy suppliers to a more renewable option? Some suppliers even offer LED Bulbs for free as an incentive to switch. It costs both you and the environment less, so is definitely worth considering.