There is one important decor trick most people neglect when it comes to interior design. How can one little imperative make all the decor difference? You’ll be surprised when I tell you…
We live in a country where people love their homes, and their gardens. For such a bunch people who love their indoor-outdoor living, it’s surprising that one important decor trick seems to get missed.
Many people who contact an interior designer, do so because they need expert advice and a stylish eye. Bringing on a professional designer will help make a home more functional, livable, modern and chic.
When I start working with clients, I look at the functionality of the space including the use of the room, the air flow, natural light, sound design and, importantly, the view.
Yes, this is the one important decor trick that most people neglect, miss or ignore completely!
The view! Whilst you may not have million-dollar views, you can create a better view within your own home. Consider your home – when you move around the rooms, what views do you see? Which rooms have the best views? Which rooms need help?
The view from your window is the one important decor trick most people miss. Because they usually don’t consider it unless it’s a big picture window.
Even in the glorious Adelaide Hills, where I live, not every home has views of rolling hills, leafy eucalypts and lush shrubbery. However, you can maximize the views or create a new one with some deft interior design advice.
It’s not all about big windows and sprawling bi-folds either. Perhaps you have small bedroom windows or windows with views on to something ugly… like the neighbour’s fence.
Here are five ways to embrace a single important decor trick you can use TODAY. These tips will help you to maximise good views and disguise bad ones.
Bring the Outdoors In
Keep connected with the outside environment by positioning furniture to take in outdoor views. Place a chair for reading near a window. Position a dining table, sofa or bed to see some kind of outside space.
Your home is not meant to be a solitary space even if you live alone. Favourably impact your mental well-being and sense of human contact by opening up the views you DO have.
Hang trailing plants around the windows if you don’t have much outdoor space. For example, add a ledge above the window frame so plants can trail down beautifully.
Add colourful pots of succulents or other virtually indestructible indoor plants. Greenery and living plants inside will help keep you connected to nature… which is very healthy. Health and well-being in our homes is very much supported by this important decor trick
Expose As Much Glass As You Can
Enable curtains and blinds to be completely drawn back from the window frames.
This means either no window treatments OR extending the curtain rods beyond the window frame so drapes can be pulled back from the window. Expose as much glass as possible when the curtains are open.
Crop and Frame
Think of your windows as the frame to an artwork. What can you see through the window? How can you maximize the view? For example, a window may capture trailing roses growing on an outdoor wall. However, cropping will eliminate the view of your neighbour’s ugly air-conditioning unit.
This is also why you should invest in quality outdoor furniture. If you don’t have a proper view, create a beautiful outdoor setting that will be seen from the windows. Add plants atop the table, candles and gorgeous seating cushions.
Paint It Charcoal
I am constantly recommending to my clients that they paint a garden shed, fence or back garden wall in a dark charcoal. Dulux ‘Domino’ is a fave of mine and works beautifully with Colourbond ‘Monument’.
Dark colours recede so dark charcoal is a perfect colour to blend with residential flora and trees. So if you have an ugly shed or fence when you look thorough a window, paint it dark charcoal.
Another popular trend, and important decor trick, is to paint windows in a dark charcoal. The dark colour works to blend the view and the window frame making the window less obvious when looking outside.
In fact, I have just had the windows in my own home painted in ‘Domino’ both inside and out. They look amazing.
Avoid cream and green because they don’t blend as well as a dark colour. AND it makes the space seem bigger… and not in a good way!
Light It Up
Adding solar powered fairy lights to trees and shrubs means you still have a delightful view when it’s dark. The result is that night time is the optimum time to enjoy your views, even if you have create one yourself.
An important decor trick is to take the focus away from un-slightly views to fairy lights and a gentle ambience.
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Plush Design Interiors is an Adelaide based interior design, outdoor living and home additions design company. We specialise in residential interior design, especially in the Adelaide Hills around Stirling, Crafers, Aldgate and surrounds.