How to Plan New Home Design Like A Pro?

by Purvin Arshad

Whether you are designing and decorating a new home from scratch or upgrading an existing one, the process can be overpowering. Trying to achieve that perfect look yet maintain the functionality of the living space requires thought and planning. The best way to approach the matter is to start with a new home design checklist. Go through the house room by room and take inventory of all the problem areas. Keep in mind how you or a family member will use the room or area and if you will need to add seating or storage space.

Do you need the space to be a quiet peaceful area or one that is playful and inviting? Do you want it to portray a cozy, relaxing image or do you want it to be a professional and organized zone? Since it is you who is going to be spending a large amount of time in your home, it needs to be a reflection of you.

It is a good idea to consult the various modem new home design software or magazines at the end of the day it needs to be a space that makes you happy.

Once the general plan is in place, you can now focus on specific home decoration ideas. It is good to collect ideas on designing a new home interior, but make sure to adapt it in a way that will add a touch of your personality to it. It is natural that once you start a project, there is that impulse to complete it as soon as possible and see the finished product. Decorating a house is a continuing process. Nothing is forever, you can always reposition the furniture, change curtains and repaint the wall at any time.

Decorating a house is a continuing process. Nothing is forever, furniture can always be repositioned, curtains changed and walls repainted.

Living Arrangements and Life Satisfaction

Since families have to work and learn from home, everyone needs an area from where they can execute their work efficiently. Now that the home has to be used as a workspace as well, it is important to create an interior decoration where functionality and aesthetics go hand in hand.

With an emphasis being on utility now, the time might be right to make better use of the formal living or dining room, which otherwise only get used sparingly. Converting a formal living room into a library, study area or even a home office might be a better use of the space that otherwise is only occupied once or twice a year. You can use dividers to carve out individual work areas without a great deal of expense.

By adding low-care plants like succulents or orchids, you can make each work area come alive. Adding appropriate plants has the additional benefit of delivering a positive impact on health. Most air purifying plants require minimal care and help improve mood as well. Ceiling lights or desk lamps can ensure that there is plenty of light at the workstation and the room in general.

Converting formal living room into a library, study area or even a home office might be better use of the space

Wall Paint

Painting the walls of a room is one of the best ways to refresh interior decoration. Over time paint becomes dull and your own eyes get tired of looking at the same colors. The variety of paints available now is endless, starting with basic wall paint colors, to geometric or metallic wall paint.

While it is a good idea to give each room its unique identity, remember that all the rooms need to have something that links them. It is best to select from neutral beige, taupe or pale greys as a color that ties all the rooms together. Next accent the different rooms with varying color combinations which will give each room its own unique identity.

Wallpaper is another good option in new home design. You can use it on a single wall to make a bold statement. It can also be used to line shelves or just the back of shelves, to change the interior decoration look of a room. The best part about wallpaper is that it is inexpensive and easy to change should you tire of it.

Different rooms with varying color combinations will give each room its own unique identity

Window Coverings for Large Windows

With a larger number of people working from, the general feeling is that a bright and airy house will enhance efficiency. That is why a house full of natural light high is on everyone’s priority list. This can be achieved in a variety of ways.

Installing skylights in the roof and if possible even windows provide a good option to cheer up an otherwise gloomy space.

Window dressing is another great way to add a touch of class to any room. Since the pandemic is forcing more and more people to stay indoors; it is time to shed the heavy-duty drapes and opt for something that will allow maximum natural light to come through. Allowing sunlight to fill your house is vital, especially when we are unable to venture out as much as in the pre-covid days. Sunlight increases serotonin, a hormone responsible for mood and general well-being.

Use of sheer fabrics or net materials as window coverings for French doors as this is very suitable for the needs of the day. In an office space, decorative blinds are a functional option.

Use of sheer fabrics or net materials as window coverings for French doors as this is ideally suited to the needs of the day.

Upgrade With Different Types of Lighting Fixtures

One great way to give the run-of-the-mill room that designer look, is to upgrade existing outdated lighting with energy-saving modern ones.

Lighting that is functional but offers mood uplift is always a welcome sight. Try to have the light in a given space come from different sources instead of just one central fixture. Task the lighting fixtures by placing the brighter light bulbs where you need to work, and non-targeted soft lighting for areas used for eating or relaxing. App-controlled dimming lights can be used depending on the different activities being carried out. Add a lamp in a dark nook or replace that flush mount with something more impactful. The use of cove or art lighting fixtures for the dining room can dramatically change the look of a room.

upgrade with different types of lighting fixtures

Wall Art Décor

The artwork is once again in. More and more people are using it to bring a room together. Most people however feel intimidated when it comes to artwork. The good thing is that anyone can create their own abstract wall art. Painting patterns on a wall directly or even going three-dimensional can lead to a unique piece. If that is not your thing, then just mine social media to find something suitable wall art prints for interior decoration and have them framed.

Painting patterns on a wall directly or even going three dimensional can lead to a unique piece.

Storage Priority in New Home Design.

Over time we tend to collect a lot of things. The more possessions you have, the more difficult your cleaning duties become. Take a good inventory of what you have and then decide what you need. Donate or sell the rest! Wherever possible make use of multipurpose pieces. This allows for more storage space without taking up additional floor space.

Use one large piece of furniture as the focal point of the room then add pieces around it. Use shelving to keep books and games within reach yet in an organized way.

Remember the old saying: a place for everything and everything in its place. With everyone being home most of the time, there is bound to be a clutter. Home storage solutions are a necessity of the day. If your living space is untidy, then all other interior decoration and improvements become pointless.

Tidy storage is priority for home

Landscaping & Curb Appeal

A well-maintained exterior says a lot about what the interior decoration is going to be like. Ensuring that the paint is not chipping, windows are clean and the grass is cut is a good start. Adding small trees and beautifully maintained shrubbery layered with flowering plants adds a lot of “wow” factor to the house.

You don’t have to be a lawn care expert to have a beautiful yard. Visit some local garden outlets. They will be happy to offer customers free designing advice and information for the most suitable plants in the area. Add some solar lights to illuminate all the best traits of the yard in the evenings.

A well maintained garden with clean windows and flowering plants adds a lot of “wow” factor to the house

Conclusion

New home design and interior decoration do not necessarily need to be expensive. If you use your imagination and creativity, you can achieve a lot without spending a lot of money. Simple things like rearranging existing furniture, using throw covers or colorful cushions can have a big impact on the room. Switching around curtains, moving decoration pieces to different rooms, or just adding a few personal frames can give your living space a new look. Remember the minimalist look is in, so de-clutter, organize and enjoy your new surroundings.

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