Whatever your personal design tastes may be, the one thing we should all strive for in our homes is an abundance of light. You see, a light-filled space both looks and feels bigger, which in design terms is pretty much the holy grail. What’s more, sunlight is a proven mood booster – and I think we all deserve an abode which makes us feel happier. With this in mind, read on to discover exactly how you can create the light-filled home of your dreams, as well as five more design tips you might have missed this month.
Design Tip #1
Use mirrors to maximize the amount of sunlight in a space
Even if your home doesn’t have 146 Waverly’s plethora of beautiful sash windows, you can still make the most of what little sunlight you do get by the strategic placement of mirrors. Mirrors are great for reflecting light into all corners of a room, making the space feel a lot brighter (and thus bigger) than it actually is. Long mirrors are even better, helping to elongate the room by bouncing light into the highest reaches of your abode.
See more of The Turett Collaborative’s 146 Waverly home tour here.
Design Tip #2
If adding more windows to a room isn’t an option, consider a skylight instead
Skylights are fantastic for cheating your way to more light. Just take a peek at Raulino Silva’s latest project if you don’t believe me. Or this cabin-themed home library. What’s more, unlike traditional windows, skylights won’t compromise your privacy, or leave you with a less than appealing view. For those living in colder climes, you may want to consider adding a skylight to your roof’s south side in order to cash in on maximum heat gain.
Check out the full tour of Raulino Silva’s Apartment Vila do Conde here.
Design Tip #3
Maximize light by opting for simple furniture silhouettes
For the last word on all things light, I’m handing it over to our friends over at NONAGON.studio. In this featured render, sleek furniture silhouettes with negative space help to let the sunlight in and maximize the room’s brightness. For a similar effect, try adding in a Wishbone or Bertoia Chair to your space.
See more of our render of the weeks here.
Design Tip #4
Mix up the flooring to create zones in an open plan space
We’ve talked before about the importance of room dividers in helping to plan a functional open plan space. This month, however, the focus is on flooring. In this modern tiny home, an open plan living, dining and kitchen space makes use of flooring to delineate functional zones. Timber flooring, for example, marks the boundaries for the living room, whilst a decorative tile signals the start of the kitchen-diner. This is a great way of visually breaking up a space without having to physically block off zones using furniture pieces.
To see the full Daily Rituals apartment in all its 635-square-foot glory, head here.
Design Tip #5
Create depth and dimension by layering different textures and monotone shades
First things first, why is it so important to know how to create depth in a space? Well simply put, the perception of depth translates to a perception of space, making a room feel bigger. Depth also helps to add visual complexity, which is helpful when a space is looking flat. In order to cheat depth, we turn to this brutalist meets Art Deco living room which features a striking blue statement wall. Here, the layering of different textures coupled with the layering of different shades of blue give the wall more dimension. In order to create more depth in a room, just apply these principles and you’ll be good to go.
To see another designer’s take on the statement blue wall, check out our ‘Who Wore It Better’ feature.
Design Tip #6
Be aware of temperature when it comes to properly looking after your artwork
After spending time, money and effort on curating the perfect home art collection, proper maintenance of your art works should be a top priority. This month, we consulted a number of experts to discover how to do just that. Among the top advice was that of curator and art consultant, Julie Muniz, with regards to temperature. She explains, “the main thing to remember about temperature is to keep it level. High fluctuations can cause woods and other organic materials to crack and degrade.”
For more expert advice on how to properly care for your art collection, click here.
Looking for even more design tips? Then head to our Tips & Guides category where we’ve covered everything from how to expertly style a bookshelf to how to mix and match modern and traditional furniture.