If you’re looking to cultivate a “cool home” then you need to be a little careful that your house doesn’t end up feeling like a show home, as often, the notion of “cool” finds us chasing after the latest interior design trends to the point we try to replicate ideas from fashion magazines rather than create a home that feels like our own.
That said, there’s nothing wrong with wanting a cool home, so let’s look at some of the ways to cultivate a cool home without needing to instruct the best interior designers in the business to take over. In this article, we’re going to take a look at a number of simple principles to create a home you can feel proud of:
The opposite of “cool” is cluttered. We’ve all seen the TV shows that reveal what hoarders homes look like… cluttered from top to bottom. That said, we’ve probably all seen pictures of homes that are so minimalist and uncluttered they feel more like a New York gallery rather than somewhere that’s lived in.
You therefore need to find the right balance of minimalism that suits your taste. The last thing you want is to create a feeling of the space not being lived in, and that is the danger when people focus too much on minimalism.
A good balance is to think of an art gallery with white washed walls and prominent pieces hung in prime places, so that the room feels neither empty or cluttered – there is balance – and this is the balance you need to find when it comes to cultivating a cool home.
There are many gadgets and gizmos we associate with being cool; whether that’s a particular brand of coffee maker or something more integral such as Alexa that can control certain aspects of your home… yet, technology in itself, doesn’t necessarily make your home cool. It’s more about how you use this technology that cultivates a cool home, so don’t feel you need to go out and buy all the latest gadgets in order to be cool. Indeed, when you think about it, some people view a retro designed fridge to be much cooler than an ultra-modern self-ordering fridge.
- INJECTIONS OF COLOUR
You want to keep your home reasonable neutral, in terms of the walls and carpets, yet you don’t want it to be bland… and that’s where solid colour statements pieces in terms of rugs or wall hangings come into play. A trend that is still going strong after many years is to liven up a space with rich, saturated colours, that make a bold statement – and pop out from an otherwise neutral background.
This could be as small as table mats, or a brightly coloured kettle, or even a vibrant exotic plant. Indeed, indoor gardens are becoming more and more popular with interior professionals, as in addition to a plethora of health benefits, the various shades of green can really bring a wall to life.