No matter what anybody says, we all love that rustic and vintage décor vibe. It is stylish, classy, luxurious and always trendy. However, people mostly think that they need to spend a fortune to incorporate this design into their homes, which is a big mistake. As a matter of fact, you can turn your home into a vintage paradise by simply rolling up your sleeves and spending not more than a few bucks (most of the time) on the flea markets. Here is how to give your home that classy vintage look.
The signature vintage style tip - don’t leave a single wall in your house empty. Vintage walls are usually entirely covered with wood planks. Why? Because wood brings the character and warmth like no other material. It guarantees an instant impact whether you decide to create a single accent wall or you cover every single wall with it.
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Vintage walls are usually painted in neutral colors such as white, mushroom, taupe, bone, serene green or light gray. These earthy tones will give your room a timeless and versatile look that is always classy. Also, another great way to maximize the vintage vibe is to incorporate patterns such as fleur-de-lys – which is a signature French pattern, Toile de Jouy, Baroque or Rococo with wallpapers for example.
What is a signature and the most authentic vintage décor item? A bedazzled chandelier of course. Who doesn’t love to walk into a room and feel like they’ve stepped back in time, right? There are three types of vintage decorative lighting fixtures – bedazzled, high-shine finish and ribbed glass.
Bedazzled lights – or the ones with clear glass beads and crystal accents can be found everywhere – from your grandmother’s dining room, over flea markets all the way to furniture stores. The great thing about them though is that they can be incorporated into any room and will give it a beautiful finishing touch.
High-shine finishes in gold, brass or chrome will provide the space with that unique old-school vibe and will make it more inviting. They work best in spaces that are decorated in mid-century style.
Ribbed prismatic glass lighting fixtures are currently more popular than when they originally appeared. They go great with vintage as well as completely modern furnishings and dark wood.
Besides chandeliers, you can also consider adding a few vintage lamps. It doesn’t matter if you choose a wall lamp from the 1900s or a gilded floor lamp, you will still achieve quite an impact. Emphasize the vintage look of your lamps with the help of subtle LED light bulbs that will highlight the vintage look without diming its elegance.
Mixing old and new is an old French interior design trick. For example, they would often place their vintage French chaise lounge that represents a showstopper in the middle of a contemporary living room. People who live in modern apartments and want to go vintage but can’t afford a complete remodel can resort to this nifty trick. In other words, head to the flea market and get yourself a golden- or silver-framed mirror, wooden or metal dressing table etc. and make it your living room or bedroom focal point.
Last but not least – the magic of DIY. There are so many things you can make or change on your own with just a little bit of effort. You can make furniture pieces such as coffee tables look distressed with just a little bit of help from vinegar and a rubbing sponge. You can create interesting glass jars with the help of some food coloring and the oven etc. Your possibilities are endless, you just need to find a good online inspiration source.
We hope you liked our ideas and that you will have fun upgrading your soon-to-be vintage paradise.
People in New Zealand decide to remodel their homes for various reasons. For some, it’s the increased space or functionality, for others, it’s an upgraded style, or simply a desire to have a dream fulfilled. However, many homeowners today are looking for better energy efficiency. Upgrading your home this way helps minimise its environmental footprint in several ways. An eco-friendly house uses fewer resources, reduces the pollution and carbon dioxide emissions. On the other hand, an energy-efficient home keeps you and your family comfortable regardless of the season, it provides healthier indoor air quality and cuts down on your utility bills. On top of this, green solutions increase the value of your property, which is still the number one home renovation motive for the majority of Australians.
Making your house airtight is a pre-requisite for all the other upgrades. Excessive air circulation makes your home less energy-efficient, as the cool air escapes in the summer and the warm air leaks out in the winter. Aside from increased comfort, you will spend less money on cooling or heating once you make your home airtight. When building a new home, it is customary to wrap the exterior walls with an air barrier, before siding or masonry is installed. However, adding this upgrade to an existing home is a capital upgrade that would assume removing the home’s exterior layer. If you aren’t ready for such a complex (and costly) operation, you can at least make sure that any new walls you add during your project are up to these standards. Making your home airtight in retrospect includes addressing drafts and gaps around doorways, windows and the exterior walls. If buying new doors or windows is not on your list, you can at least reduce the leaks by sealing these gaps.
The next issue that needs addressing is insulation. Insulating the attic or improving wall insulation is a failsafe way to reduce heat gains or losses. Still, as with the airtight wrap, adding insulation material to the existing exterior walls is not a simple operation. If your home’s exterior wall is made of a double row of bricks, there is little you can do to add insulation. Technically, you can add sheets of foam to improve energy efficiency, but then you also have to add new exterior materials, such as siding or stucco. Also, you need to deal with a new trim and door and window sills. Alternatively, you can add insulation to the internal wall, but this project involves building new stud walls next to the existing masonry to make room for insulation. In addition of having the same windows and door issues as in the exterior approach, adding insulation to the interior makes the rooms smaller. Adding insulation to the attic is a much easier project. But why stop there? If you are already remodelling, consider making the attic another comfortable room in your home.
Extra storage space, a new bedroom, an office, or maybe a home theatre? If you can’t find an extra room in your home, build upwards. Renovating an attic is one of best ways to get additional square footage and solve the energy efficiency issue at the same time, and for much less money than some other projects. Before you start, make sure that your project complies with building and safety codes. At least half of a finished attic must be at least 7 feet high and a minimum 7 feet wide. Consider adding spray-foam roof insulation. Although it costs up to three times more than fiberglass batt insulation, keep in mind that the roof is a major heat escape way. You can DIY this project, just make sure you have the right tools. You can browse online for quality power tools in NZ. Now that you are fully equipped it's time to get to work, your attic awaits.
The goal of remodelling is to make your home more functional, comfortable and pleasant to live in. One way to do it is by applying energy-efficient upgrades, which not only contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle, but are also budget-friendly in the long run.
Your front yard is one of the most important parts of your home. It’s both the first and the last thing your visitors will see and that’s why you’ll want to make sure you get your front yard design right. So, if you’ve been thinking about redesigning parts of your home, this is exactly where you’ll want to start. But how do you redesign your front yard? Here are 5 things you should consider if you want to end up with an entrance that will provide a hospitable welcome to your visitors.
One of the first things you should consider when redesigning your front yard is planting some flowers. Flowers are always going to make your home more welcoming and if you choose the right ones, you’ll be adding some style to it as well. There are some annuals and perennials that are guaranteed to keep your home look great all year long. If your front yard isn’t too big, you might want to think about installing a low fence. It gives the illusion that your home isn’t that close to the street and provides you with a perfect place for planting flowers.
If there’s a walkway right in the middle of your front yard, you might want to consider the idea of taking a symmetrical approach. The use of symmetry can help turn a modest front yard into something really special. So, plant trees in the same spots on both left and right side of your front yard. If you decide to go for decorations such as garden gnomes, make sure you have the same amount of these on each side. Also, it might be a good idea to have the same amount of grass on both sides.
When redesigning your front yard, you’ll always want to follow the principles of landscaping since only that way will you get desired results. First of all, this means you should be careful when planting trees. You want these to frame your home, not overwhelm it. Also, you should try to plant so that it’s easy to maintain. If you want to go for shrubs and plants, you’ll need to plant these in rows so that you can mow your lawn hassle-free. Last but not least, bear in mind that plants are living things that grow. Account this by not overplanting.
No matter how much you care about your front yard, chances are you won’t redesign it in years once your current project is finished. This means that right now is the perfect time to have your pipes checked and replaced if necessary. This isn’t something you’ll be able to do yourself, so make sure you contact experts who’ll be able to do the job for you. It’s always a good idea to turn to local experts who’ll get the job done quickly, allowing you to continue with your project. For example, if your home is in Sydney, you’ll want to find experts who offer pipe relining in Sydney.
Whatever look you’re going for, you’ll need to make your entryway as functional as possible. Firstly, you’ll need at least one lighting fixture in your front yard. A lamppost near your front door is guaranteed to do the trick and add while creating a dramatic look. You’ll also need to make sure that there are no trees or shrubs obstructing the view from your driveway. If there are any, think about moving these someplace else. For night arrivals, you’ll also need a lighting fixture guiding you towards your driveway.
Consider these 5 things and your front yard will be as stylish and functional as possible. Once your redesigning project is over, you’ll finally get a chance to enjoy your new outdoor space.
Decorating your children’s bedroom should be fun for both you and your children. However, coming up with the ideas can sometimes be difficult. That is why we have decided to create this list of seven stylish ways to decorate your children’s bedroom. Enjoy.
First, show some love to the windows. In most situations, parents put white curtains over them so they can move to other more interesting decorating bits. Well, that is just wrong. No kid wants a white curtain in their bedroom. Consider getting one that has some pizzazz to it. It can be anything from a multi-colored curtain to the ones that have motifs from their favorite cartoon on them.
Another brilliant way to decorate your kid’s bedroom is to paint it. Now, we don’t mean to paint the walls. Well, you can do that as well, but we think that it’s a better idea to put a couple of paintings on the wall. And not just random paintings from your local store, but the ones that you’ve painted together. Your children will be proud of their artwork, and their bedroom will look awesome.
We know that professional canvases are expensive, but you don’t have to buy them. There are companies that offer canvas stretching services at a very low price. Just buy a roll of canvas, and make sure you stretch a few extra frames. You know how children are; they will certainly destroy a canvas or two.
Wallpapers are a great non-permanent way to decorate your children’s bedroom. Children grow up, and what interests them today might become completely irrelevant to them tomorrow. That’s why wallpapers are great. You can put them up one day, and take them down after your kids lose interest in them without having to repaint the entire wall.
Most parents don’t bother with creating an interesting lighting setup. A regular ceiling light and maybe a lava lamp are standard in most kids’ bedrooms. A wasted potential if you ask us. Lighting setups can be so much fun to play with. For example, you can install a world globe chandelier or a headlight table lamp depending on your kid’s interests.
If you have more than one kid, buying a bunk bed should be your primary concern. Not only will it save you space, but your children will love it as well. Now, don’t buy one of those military-style bunk beds. Instead, get a little bit creative. Maybe have them custom made, so they fit your kids’ interests. A double-decker-themed bunk bed is a popular choice for boys, and a castle-themed one for girls.
Kids are little artists and they love to scribble. It’s great when they do it on the paper, but more often than not, walls become their canvas. If you want to avoid repainting your walls every few months, consider installing a chalkboard wall. Turn one wall into a chalkboard and let them scribble as much as they want. Just wipe it clean from time to time, and you won’t have to worry about repainting the walls anytime soon.
Lastly, include your children in the decorating process. We previously mentioned that you should paint with your children, but learning what their interests and hobbies are might be more important. Once you know what your kids like, it will be easy to decorate their bedroom.
And that’s about it. I hope you found at least some of these ideas interesting. Just remember that decorating your children’s bedroom should be fun for both parties. If your children are not interested in helping you, then you are doing something wrong.
Most people spend a large part of their day outside their home, and when they come back to their safe nest, it is only natural to expect to find a sanctuary there. However, that is not entirely possible if their living area is cluttered and poorly designed. If you are experiencing a similar situation and you want to make your home more appealing for you, your family and your guests, you should know that that can be done even when you have a tight budget. There are several small investments and tricks you can make to turn your home into a magazine-cover-worthy space. Here are five of them.
Painting the walls has been the best way to refresh the space since time immemorial. But throwing just any shade on your walls isn’t going to help you improve the overall ambiance. Your best bet is to go with a light neutral shade which will provide you with an elegant and versatile backdrop to work with. Depending on the design style you decide to use, you can choose between cool and warm neutrals. For example cool neutrals, such as grey, work perfectly with Scandinavian décor, while warm neutrals, such as beige go very well with the Mediterranean style.
A simple overhead lamp is far from being enough for a modern well-designed home. The first step towards a well-lit home is sufficient natural light coming from windows or sky-lights. Additionally, you should consult and hire professionals to design layered lighting solutions which include ambiance, accent and task lights. An expert Sydney electrician can not only set up a Victorian or industrial chandelier (both decorative and functional element), but also install dimmed lights and put your favorite artwork under the spotlight.
Bare floors often look cold and sterile. Old and worn out carpet make the entire space look dated and uncared-for. Your best way to deal with that? New rugs and carpets. Depending on the overall design of your space and the position of the rug, you can use it to anchor the room or to support and complete the other décor elements. A patterned Persian rug is great for adding some color and fun to a neutral room, while shaggy rugs can enhance the texture of an otherwise minimalistic setting. Speaking of texture, you can also layer a couple of rugs on top of one another for the added “fluff”.
Has that sofa been in the same place since the day you moved into your new home? It doesn’t have to stay there. Some clever arrangement alterations can make your living area entirely different. Here are a few tips to help you get it right:
Not everything has to be up against the walls.
Change the focal point of the room that’s not the TV (e.g. window, artwork…).
Try with an asymmetrical layout for a more casual feel.
Leave space for foot traffic.
Switch your coffee table for ottoman.
Large furniture pieces and paint color are important, but the details give the space the atmosphere you want to achieve. By changing old accessories and adding new ones, you are actually creating a whole new living area. Mixing and matching patterned throw pillows will make the room more fun and create a sense of comfort. Mirrors will make it brighter and create an illusion of spaciousness. Picture frames and mixing metallic details will make your home look like a designer showroom. Just don’t go overboard with accessories that vary too much in style and color, because you need to achieve a cohesive feel.
These five changes will truly give a new life to your living area, and the best thing about them is that there is no need for major investments and time-consuming remodeling projects.
A lot of people are under the impression that having an energy-efficient home requires building one yourself from the ground up. That might be a good idea if you’re in need of a brand-new house, but for those who already own a home, a remodeling job will do just fine. A remodel is not only sustainable, as you’re not using as much new materials and working with an existing infrastructure, but they can also be accomplished on a smaller budget.
An energy audit is the first in several steps towards improving your home’s energy performance. It provides you with a priority list of tasks you need to accomplish in regards to energy repairs. Most utility companies will conduct an energy audit for a small fee or completely free of charge. A professional auditor will analyze all energy systems in your house to see how well they work together and compare that data with your electric and utility bills in order to find the root of the problem. Before you schedule the audit, make sure you pick an auditor who is good at explaining all the details and answering all the questions you might have.
The majority of energy-efficiency retrofits revolve around plugging all the air leaks, adding or replacing the insulation and replacing wasteful appliances with more efficient ones. That said, there’s an order in which things should be done, and air sealing should always go before insulation, as you will be insulating on top of things that need to be sealed up. Start by sealing up the attic first and then move on to caulking between floorboards and wallboards, as well as the window trim. Pay additional attention to the switch box and electric outlets and seal any gaps above false ceilings and soffits. Lastly, seal the exhaust vent, plumbing and wiring penetrations.
Once you’ve completely sealed up every nook and cranny you could find, focus on properly insulating the attic first. Insulating the walls can be rather difficult to accomplish on your own, especially when there’s a lot of wiring hidden behind the walls, but also due to old, decayed insulation that can be rather tricky to remove from such a tight space. Besides the walls, you also need to check whether insulation inside the basement, floor, crawlspace, and attic meet the minimum recommended requirements. If you experience any issues with removing or installing insulation, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals and let them handle it.
The average household has more appliances than ever before. This results in an increased energy expenditure and significantly larger electricity bill. Large appliances, including dishwashers, washers and dryers, refrigerators and stoves waste the most energy and replacing old models with new, energy-efficient ones should be on your list of priorities. Even the lights can be made more efficient by replacing the wasteful incandescent lights with LED or fluorescent bulbs which are at least four to six times more efficient and require less than a quarter of energy an incandescent bulb uses to work.
Moisture is the number one problem when air-sealing the house. Not being careful can result in moisture getting trapped inside the walls and causing them to rot. Small instances of moisture accumulating in the bathroom and kitchen can easily be resolved with proper ventilation. If you’re living in a humid environment, then you might want to skip the insulation process completely in order to avoid creating issues in regards to moisture. Make sure to perform thorough checkups; for example, professional asbestos testing in Sydney is practically a must for a lot of old houses. This will help you ensure that there are no safety hazards for you and your family, so don’t hesitate to schedule a visit.
As you can see, energy-proofing your home is not as hard as it may appear. All you need to do is seal up the place, recheck the insulation, change energy-guzzling appliances and be careful not to create an environment where mold and mildew can grow. Simple as it is, remodeling to make your home more energy-efficient might require a small investment, but the benefits will become apparent with your next electricity bill.
Your office is much more than just a space where you do business, it is indicative of your personality, your values, your brand’s essence, and it evokes emotion in an attempt to elevate productivity, and attract prospective clients. The importance of office design is becoming increasingly present in the modern, competitive world and the thriving global market.
Countless businesses ranging in size and stature, from local start-ups to global enterprises are competing for the love and affection of millions of consumers, and if you want to cut the curb and get ahead of the game, you need to use these essential guidelines to design your office for profit and to attract more clients. Here is what you need to know.
Human beings are emotional creatures and the vast majority of customers, clients and consumers make their daily decisions based on an emotional response they feel towards certain stimuli. In this case, this positive stimulus is your workplace. It becomes of the utmost importance to evoke an emotional response within your own team as much as it is important for a future client to develop a sense of trust and belonging towards your company.
This is where the look and feel of your office plays a pivotal role. Regardless of your industry, your offices have to be imbued with light, quality furniture, warm colors, complemented with unique details that will win over the hearts and minds of your every guest.
One of the crucial elements of an inspiring workplace lies in the abundance of natural light that reaches its every corner. Natural sunlight has a beneficial effect on productivity, and it promotes numerous health benefits that will allow your team to perform better and your clients to reach a positive decision.
For this reason, you want to let plenty of sunlight penetrate the office by introducing floor-to-ceiling windows and even skylights for added illumination. Moreover, a thriving workplace has no room for obstacles or barriers, and you can benefit greatly from letting sunlight travel further into the offices by replacing solid doors with glass pieces.
Finally, you want to maintain a sense of warmth and elegance during the evening hours by introducing artificial lighting that mimics the warmth of the setting sun, thus alleviating the pressure from weary eyes and promoting productivity until the final task is complete.
When a client steps into your office, they immediately experience a certain emotion, for better or for worse. Whether your office reminds them of their summer days spent as a child, or the time they felt proud for graduating from college, or even of their favorite meal, what is important is that the memory your décor evokes is a positive one.
You can easily achieve this by putting your efforts towards decorating your office with quality furniture complemented with colors that radiate a professional glow. While a minimalistic approach will allow you to present a sophisticated and professional setting, you should also choose the pieces that are rife with emotions, starting with your desk. Your desk is the focal point of your office, and rather than springing for the first piece you see online, you should take the time to research some top quality custom furniture makers and be sure that your office will glow and reminisce your own personality.
Next, you want to place warm-colored armchairs and other seating furniture to complement the comfortable and welcoming décor. Leather materials are always an excellent option. When it comes to complementary colors, there is no shortage of creative ideas. Burgundy, olive green, dark blue, charcoal grey and even plain white work wonders in bringing your office setting to a new level of class.
Finally, it is the smart use of details that will deal the finishing blow and win over every ironclad heart. Be sure to introduce natural elements such as high-rise potted plants and flowers but more importantly, be sure to imbue your office with personal belongings so as to portray an intimate, trustworthy ambiance.
These elements can be anything from vinyl records next to an old-time record player, to a set of family photos resting decoratively on your desk. Don’t forget to hang several inspiring paintings on the side walls as a great conversation starter.
In the modern world, office design has become an art form as much as a calculated approach towards reaching your goals faster and ensuring success. By implementing these essential guidelines, you can easily decorate your office for maximum profit and client acquisition, paving the road to long-term success and securing your foothold in the competitive market.
Building your home from scratch can be a wonderful experience. It gives you a chance to build a home according to your tastes and preferences. But what to do when you don’t know what type of design you want to go for? Luckily, there’s no need to worry since you can always follow designs other homeowners have opted for. That said, we’ve come up with 5 designs that are becoming quite a trend and might just be what you’re looking for. Make sure you check them all out.
We all know that today it’s all about simplicity. That’s why the minimalist style has become quite a trends when it comes to building homes. Therefore, instead of filling up your home with unnecessary stuff, you can save your budget for something such as elegant hardwood floor or expensive furniture. You should think about room design before building each room and try to make it match your minimalist style as much as possible. Once it’s time to design all the rooms in your home, make sure you don’t start throwing pillows and decorations everywhere around the place.
Another thing you simply can’t go wrong with when building your home is creating an open space. Traditional dining rooms are slowly dying out as most of the homeowners decide to merge their kitchen, dining room and family room. This will not only allow you to spend time with other family members while you’re preparing meals, but it will also help you make your home look bigger. However, if you wish to create separate areas in your open space, you can always depend on large pieces of furniture to the trick.
Another thing many people consider when building a house is Scandinavian design. This is a great idea if you want your home to stand out. Scandinavian homes are all about clean lines when it comes to both architecture and interior design. It might also be a good idea to build a fireplace and go for some wooden light flooring options. When going with this style you should also make sure your home has plenty of windows, since Scandinavians like to rely on natural light. Moreover, they’re always looking for a way to make their homes green, so think about installing solar panels or adding some extra insulation.
If you have a large beautiful backyard, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try to connect it with your home. This means your bottom floor should be full of windows and glass doors that allow you to take a look at the greenery next to your home. When it comes to top floors, you can go for large balconies that will help you connect with outdoors even more. If you go with this idea, make sure you’re careful when designing your backyard. It might be a good idea to plant a couple of large trees and build an outdoor room.
Since we’ve talked about the Scandinavian home design, we simply have to mention the Australian design as well. If you live in a place where you can take an advantage of the climate in order to maintain a comfortable temperature, this design might just be what you were looking for. You can check out display homes in Sydney and try to go for something similar. Generally, Australians enjoy using natural materials such as rock or wood, and connecting their homes with outdoors as much as possible. On top of that, they enjoy having a lot of windows and planting greenery around their homes.
No matter which of these designs you decide to go for, just plan carefully and you’ll end up living in your dream home. Also, count all the costs before you start, in order to make sure you don’t go over your budget.
Whether you’re a first-time house buyer, or
someone who’s lived in many homes, you can never tell whether the layout is
practical or not before spending some time at that place. Unless you’re an
expert, you’re going to need at least some guidelines when buying private
property – it is probably the largest investment a person makes in their
lifetime. The list that follows will tell you exactly what to look for and what
The entrance and hallway of your home will
greatly influence the first
impression of your potential buyers which is not always a good thing. You
might not be aware of it, but buyers make up their minds about a home within
the first couple of seconds upon
entering. That’s why you should keep in mind that, for instance, long, narrow
and dark hallways are definitely huge turnoffs especially if the hallway is the
only thing you can see upon entrance. Also, this home layout will feel far from
warm and cozy once you move in.
Nobody wants to be able to see your bed
while eating or hanging out in the living room. During the house tour, you
might not even realize just how bad this layout really is, but a bedroom door
that leads directly to a room where your family members and guests gather is
extremely undesirable. Why? Well, apart from the fact that this will significantly
reduce your privacy, there’s also the noise factor that’s going to turn into a
constant, yet unfixable problem.
When checking out a property, pay special
attention to the amount of natural light in the rooms. For example, if it’s
sunny outside, you might not notice that the windows are badly-placed.
Furthermore, a windowless bathroom or kitchen will completely ruin the feel,
and no matter how good you are at strategically placing the mirrors throughout
the home, things will never come close to a properly lit area.
Turn all the lighting fixtures off when browsing and pay special attention to
areas that seem like they aren’t properly lit.
A kitchen is definitely one of the most
important rooms in any house, which every expert buyer’s agent will
agree with. Aside from making sure that this room is properly lit, you need to
pay attention to two additional key points. First, a kitchen should be spacious
- unless you feel the need to say “this thing is massive” while browsing, the
home is most likely a no-go. Second, look for well-placed cabinetry – even if a
kitchen truly is enormous, a couple of inappropriately arranged cabinets can
really make placing the fridge and other appliances a true nightmare.
Here’s what an open-floor plan
is, just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade: a vast
common space that comprises the kitchen, the dining room and the living room,
without making the sub-areas feel like separate rooms. So, how are the three
separated? Well, by using different decorations, separators that don’t fully
divide the rooms and by painting the areas in different, yet matching colors.
The biggest mistake you can make here is actually crossing off a house from
your list, just because the open-floor area seems too broad. After you’ve moved
in, it is extremely easy to make the “rooms” in an open-floor plan feel separate.
The industrial look has become a rising
trend over the last couple of years. This trend was started by designers who found
themselves inside old converted factories and warehouses while looking for
cheap renting options and the rest is history. Today, it is a clean and
practical style most suited for raw spaces such as renovated warehouses and old
studio-apartments. This does not mean that the style isn’t suitable for homes
and traditional living space. Quite the contrary, achieving the industrial look
has never been easier and there’s a number of different ways you can add that
industrial flare to your home.
Concrete floors, unpainted brick walls,
industrial-looking dining tables, chunky bench tops and timber shelves and even
exposed wiring throughout the house – these are all quintessential to
industrial design. You might think that finding these types of furniture and
materials is rather difficult, however, with an increased demand for industrial
décor, it’s not that uncommon to see popular retailers offering a selection of
items inspired by the grittiness of the industrial design.
The industrial design is permeated with blacks,
grays, and whites. You can use different contrasting accents by adding a splash
of black or gray to your appliances, frames, mirrors or trims. Get a paintbrush
and some high-quality paint and don’t worry about the spills because they’ll
just add to the industrial look and feel. Alternatively, you can dip various
objects into solid black paint and then use an acrylic finish to keep it from
chipping off. The combination of old wood and a little bit of pitch black
really goes well together, so think chair or table legs as the perfect choice when
One of the easiest ways to achieve the
industrial look is to leave everything exposed. Brick walls, concrete floors,
and high ceilings are ideal places to start and all you have to do is simply
leave them be. Concrete was the go-to building material used in the industrial
age and is currently experiencing a resurgence in modern-day home design.
Additionally, concrete floors, both polished and matte, are extremely
functional and easy to maintain.
Not only does buying reused
and recycled materials and furniture help save the environment, but it also
goes hand-in-hand with the modern industrial design. You can get recycled
aluminum, iron, glass, plastic and even wood, such as reused wooden countertops
or floor boards. Some materials, especially metallic ones, tend to develop a
patina over time, which makes them an ideal candidate for your industrial house
makeover. Another excellent idea is to cover the walls with cork coverings. This
way, you’ll achieve the look you need, but you also don’t have to worry about
your kids painting all-over the walls.
Wrought iron is predominantly used outside
of the house. Think iron fences, house ornaments and stair railings, for example.
Nowadays, you can get contemporary decorative pieces made entirely of wrought
iron or get entire pieces of furniture, such as chairs, tables, and night
stands. If you’re experiencing difficulties with matching your wrought iron
pieces with the rest of the house, you can always schedule a consultation with
architect in Sydney and avoid messing up the project. You can go as ornate
as you want or keep it simple and rustic, the choice is yours. Avoid painting
over it and leave the rust alone, it is exactly what gives wrought iron that
industrial feel you’re looking for.
You can pick a lot of rustic-looking
materials at your local army or navy surplus stores. Alternatively, you can
always make something rustic instead of spending thousands of dollars on faux rustic
décor; so for example, you can create a simple, yet useful scaffold-inspired
pipe bookcase or a shelving unit. These are just some of the examples you can
use when it comes to emulating the industrial style and the rest is up to you.
Just don’t be afraid to experiment with different color and design schemes and
simply let your imagination run wild until you feel completely satisfied with
your industrial-looking home.