Your home is your castle. You’ve worked hard to make it beautiful and inviting for all who live there and who visit. Unfortunately, there are a few design elements that are often overlooked when designing your home. Many are included as afterthoughts and do not feel as authentic to the home design as you might like. Keep these design elements in mind when creating your ideal living space to ensure that all areas of your home feel authentic and work naturally within your design choices.
Light Switch and Outlet Covers
Gone are the days when all homes (not to mention every room within these homes) had the same light switch and outlet covers. In fact, today’s homes have many design options when it comes to creating non-intrusive light switches and outlet covers. Think about it. If you go into a home with the standard bright white covers and switches, they often stick out like sore thumbs or large custom neon signs.
Simply put, they don’t fit into the design and décor of the room. Fortunately, there are many switch and cover options that blend into various wall colors and coverings seamlessly so people can see the design of the room without the inconsistencies of these items getting in the way.
Lighting Fixtures and Locations
Some people will invest heavily in time and money when it comes to purchasing accents or feature lighting fixtures for various rooms within the home. However, they often fail to invest an equal amount of time, money, or energy when it comes to planning how the room is actually lit and where specific types of lighting are employed. Bad lighting in your home can negate the impact of quality design. That’s something you want to avoid whenever possible.
For instance, lamps can do a great job at filling in gaps when it comes to ambient lighting but are often useless when it comes to necessary task lighting. Obviously, some rooms require brighter overhead task lighting than others. For instance, workspaces in the kitchen often require additional lighting beyond the standard overhead lights. The same holds true for home offices, children’s study areas, and garage workshops.
You also want to avoid dark corners that can make rooms appear smaller than they are. This means you’ll want lighting that extends to the edges of your rooms, as well as task lighting and all-around lighting. Style matters in many cases, though track lighting can be highly impactful when it comes to getting light to the areas of a room that need it most.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to use lighting wisely to showcase specific works of art or focal points within your home, too. Lighting is far more important than you may realize.
Ceiling Fan Style and Placement
The ceiling fan has come quite a long way since first introduced into the market. Once upon a time, there were few style options available to homeowners. Today, the sky is the limit. You can find a ceiling fan to match almost any décor and design theme. However, you want to choose your ceiling fan during the design process to make sure it doesn’t stand out in a way that simply doesn’t work with your room.
Ceiling fans are incredibly useful in most homes throughout the country today. They help to spread comfort throughout the year according to your local needs and whether you’re looking to push warm air down toward the living areas in your home in the winter or keep cool air circulating during the dog days of summer. As functional as these fans are, that doesn’t mean they aren’t equally essential when it comes to rounding out a beautiful design in individual rooms inside your home. Keep that in mind when exploring your ceiling fan options and choose wisely to promote your design choices.
Windows and Natural Lighting
We all love windows for giving us a view of the world outside of our homes. However, we often fail to consider what these windows allow into our homes in the form of natural light. Natural light is one of the most powerful things to bring into your home. Not only is natural light instrumental in helping your family enjoy lighter spirits and happier moods, but it helps you keep your electricity costs down by requiring you to rely on artificial lighting less often during the day.
In addition to windows to bring natural light into your home, you might also consider modern skylight tubes that allow bright light to come into darker corners of your home, like your closets, bathrooms, and other areas that are often underserved when it comes to windows.
When you pay attention to important design elements like these, your home is sure to get all the right attention. Try them today to see what a difference they can make.