If you have an eye for design, you probably want to style your home to your unique vision. But at the same time, it still is a house that needs to serve its purpose well: a place for you to hold your items and for you to relax. This means you need to find the right balance between form and function. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other since there are various pieces of furniture and technology that both look good and are practical. Here are a few ideas if you want to make your house look good but also keep it functional.
Creative shelving //
Shelves add storage space so are indeed very functional. However, they also contribute significantly to the design of a room because they can act as a border, draw the eye, or display your items. The key is to choose a style and colour that matches the rest of the items in your room.
With open shelving, it’s difficult to go wrong. You can show off your personality by placing your items on display. At the same time, you can keep things organised and have effective storage options. Whether you have books, decorative pieces, or kitchenware, open shelves work great. Try to keep a reasonable amount of items on each shelf since you don’t want too much clutter.
Another option is to go for floating or hanging shelves. With these, you can take advantage of the vertical space. You’ll get extra storage space that you didn’t know was there before! These often give a modern look that doesn’t take up too much room.
Designer radiators //
One important part of your home that definitely needs to be functional is your central heating system. But often, the components of your heating don’t exactly go well with interior design. Take radiators, for example. Sometimes, your radiators just don’t match the look you want for the room.
However, this doesn’t have to be the case since there are radiator models that were built with design in mind. Designer radiators come in many styles, colours, and finishes. White is the classic shade to choose, while black is a more subdued, classy choice. You can even go for unconventional tones, such as red, blue, or green, to add a splash of colour.
Radiator styles can be grouped into two categories: modern and traditional. Modern styles have a more contemporary feel due to their smooth surfaces and straight lines. Traditional radiator styles have that classic look with the pipes and indents. These are great if you want to add some retro aspects to a room.
Smart gadgets //
If you want a modern look in your home, then it could be worth it to take a look at a few smart gadgets. The smart home trend looks set to stay, and with their numerous innovative features, it makes sense! Also, not only do they help improve your home, they usually have sleek, modern designs.
When it comes to smart home gadgets, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a smart thermostat. These gadgets help maintain the right temperature in your home and also lowers your central heating costs by making sure you are heating your home efficiently. There are numerous choice available, each with their own unique features and advantages.
There are smart gadgets for almost every part of your home. Fridges, light bulbs, showerheads, sprinklers, doorbells, home assistants, etc.—the list goes on. All of these smart gadgets work to improve life in your home and save money, all while looking great with their elegant, often minimalist, designs.
Multi-functional furniture //
A big part of finding the right balance between style and practicality is choosing the right furniture pieces. To maximise both, pick furniture that both matches your interior design vision and has the ability to service multiple functions.
For example, ottomans and hollow benches offer a way to easily hide items away, are a place to sit, and have the ability to contribute to the overall look of a room. A practical, but stylish piece of furniture can also mean an item can be used in many rooms. For example, if you want to do a quick refresh of a room, you can shuffle items around to get a new look while also still serving their purpose.
Additionally, pick furniture pieces that can work in many different rooms. That embroidered chair could work just as well in your bedroom or your small reading nook just as it does in the living room. Also, that metal wire shelf doesn’t just have to be in the kitchen. Why not use it in your utility or laundry room? Here, you can find creative ways to use your furniture to find the best way to maximise style and practicality.
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