Your home is the place where you tend to spend most of your time outside of work or external activities. Therefore, it is so important to create an atmosphere that complements your everyday needs. Your home is your own safe space and ensuring great design that maximizes your function and flow is key to a happier home. Here are five reasons why design matters in your home.
5 Reasons Why Design Matters
Design matters because from color schemes to Feng Shui, there are many decisions that can impact the aesthetic and mood of your home. How do you want your family and guests to feel when they enter your space? Is it easy to move throughout your home? Do you like to keep things minimal or cozy when it comes to picking out furniture? These are all influential decisions in home design.
1. Your Home Tells People About You
The design of your home can give your guests quite the first impression of you. Is your space clean or free of clutter? What colors are in your space? What materials are found in your home design? All these elements play a role in showing off the character of your space which can be seen as a reflection of you as a person.
2. Easy Movement
The layout of your home is important because it is known to have an impact on the flow of energy throughout the space. For example, when designing the space of your kitchen, nowadays we are seeing more homeowners knocking down a wall and peninsula to open the space while adding an island.
The kitchen island maximizes the use of the room, creating a gathering place while cooking and ultimately bringing family and guests closer together by creating a space for meaningful conversation. Without a wall blocking the two rooms, now there is an open-space layout that makes the movement flow much more seamlessly throughout the area.
3. Color Regulates Your Mood
Choosing the right color palette that fits the tone of your space is vital in home design. Color is known to regulate your mood. Choosing bright colors such as yellow, orange, or bright green, are known to uplift the ambience versus darker colors such as black, grey, and brown. If you are aiming for a calming vibe, popular colors to choose are forest green, lavender, and navy blue. Whether you are looking to switch out your bathroom backsplash or add some soft goods like pillows and blankets into the mix, color does matter.
4. Design Makes Your Home Comfortable for You
A home that is free of clutter is one that is easier to maintain order of. Nowadays there are many features in home design that maximizes the use of space and function. Great kitchen design entails plenty of hidden cabinetry storage space, allowing homeowners to store their electronics and goods out of plain eyesight and freeing up countertop space. Cabinetry also can be customized to organize spices in built-in spice racks and pull-outs in pantries. Designing your home to make it more comfortable for you is a must.
5. Caters to Your Specific Needs
Cater the design of each room in your home to fit your needs in that space. For example, in a kids’ bathroom, a great idea is having a design like this where it complements the needs of making the everyday motions of your little ones easier. This built-in step-up stool is helpful for the kids when brushing their teeth and alleviates the need to store a stool that would potentially be in the way or an eyesore.
How to Design Your Dreamhouse
The magic word to designing your dreamhouse is, “custom.” With custom design such as cabinetry and tile materials, you can design your dreamhouse to look and function good.
Keep it Simple
Keep the design simple and really think about the intention of the space. Is this room meant for gathering or relaxation? If you have plenty of appliances, you may want to consider having ample built-in storage space. Keeping your kitchen counters clear of clutter will make your home appear cleaner and give it that sleek look.
Choosing to go custom with a tile design is the way to go if you are looking to establish a unique twist to your home design. If it fits within your budget, it is worth it to splurge on beautiful natural stone tile for your kitchen backsplash. This will certainly give your guests the wow factor every time.
Think of Function and Flow
As you may be considering altering the layout of your home with structural wall changes, it is important to consult with a design expert. You may not think to relocate your laundry room due to noise, but this could be lifechanging. You should make sure your laundry room isn’t right next to your bedroom because of the noise and heat factor. Therefore, it is popular to keep your laundry space downstairs near the guest bathroom or near the garage.
If you are also looking to open your home layout, consider a design that removes a wall to combine several spaces like your kitchen, living room, and dining room. This will give your home the illusion of a larger space and create an open layout meant for more gathering space to entertain.
Remember the Light
Lighting is vital in home design because it largely affects mood. If you are looking for a way to add more natural light into your space other than vertical windows, then adding a skylight might be a great solution. Skylights can add up to 30% more natural light and it reduces the amount of artificial light you may need, which can save usage of electricity.
Certain rooms in your home require different types of lighting because of how the spaces are being used. The kitchen should have more ample lighting because you need good light to see while cooking. A master bathroom may have dim lighting to create a relaxing spa-like atmosphere if you are looking for a nice soak. One thing is for sure, do not underestimate the need for tactical lighting in your home design.
There are many options when it comes to customization in home design. This can get pricey, so it is important to prioritize the design features you want in your home. It may be more worth it to you to have more built-in cabinetry space than that marble backsplash tile. Porcelain is also another great material that can mimic the look of marble. This may be a more affordable option if you are trying to be mindful of staying within your budget.
Think About the Future
Are you planning on making this your forever home? It is good to think about the future and how long you plan on staying so you can determine how much you would like to invest in the space. If this is your forever home or if you plan on having any elders move in, then incorporating aging-in-place design and installing handrails, wheelchair access space, and heated flooring are all great design options to consider.
Your home is your safe space, and it should be a place that works for you. From altering your home layout, to adding aging-in-place design features, to customizing cabinetry, there are many different options to choose from when designing your home. Think about the intention of each room and make a list of priorities. This will help make the decision process smoother.
When you are ready to remodel your home, contact us at (949) 861-3400 and we will schedule your complimentary design consultation.