Why even bother hiding it? I’ve dreamed about it; you’ve dreamed about it. Heck, probably everyone dreams about it. Love for homes is universal. Home is not a car; it’s not a pair of shoes or jewelry. Everyone wants a beautiful home to live in, and everything else comes second. Of course, we could babble about exceptions, etc., but the percentage of people who prefer something of their dreams to the home of their dreams is too minuscule even to consider. So, with that in mind, let us give you some tips, tricks, and techniques on how you can start visualizing and realizing decorating your dream home.
Get inspiration for exterior first
Pinterest, Instagram, and dedicated design and architecture bloggers should be your primary source of inspiration. And trust us, you most definitely need inspiration. Every architect, artist, and engineer does do need the inspiration to create beautiful structures and not just plain blocks. If there were no inspiration, all of our dream homes would look the same.
With so many beautiful homes out there, you are bound to find something that could be a model or a starting point in the creation of your dream home.
Of course, be realistic about it. A Scandinavian hut will look silly in Coastal Australia while a Mid-West two-story suburban home might seem gargantuan and completely out of place somewhere like the Benelux.
Think of your surroundings, contemplate where you want to live, and look at other homes in the area. Try to make something that would fit in the picture but stand out as to where it makes your home unique. What we mean is don’t build a 100 feet tall monstrosity in a very low-risk environment and don’t do a woodsman cabin in Beverly Hills. In general, try to be certain that your project looks respectable in its environment.
The same applies to the interior. It’s always best to make it chic, but don’t overdo it. Retro vibes are cool and all, but if you ever decide to move or sell the house, they have minimal demand.
After you’ve completed the general ideas of the exterior, it’s time to move indoors!
Maximize the space you have
There is a lot that goes into the process of decorating a dream home. Not everyone has the financial and other resources to build an immense mansion where there’s enough place for everything.
For example, if you have 1000 square feet, it’s recommended to allocate 500 to ‘common’ areas like the dining room, halls, living rooms, etc. The rest should be divided between bedrooms, bathrooms, storage rooms, etc. However, the final allocation strongly depends on the desires and wishes of the homeowner. Maybe you’ve always wanted a mega-sized bedroom or a huge, open-plan living room? Plan and allocate space accordingly.
If you have a tiny apartment that you want to make the most of, learn from the Japanese, the Korean, and people from those Asian countries. With overpopulation making real-estate super-expensive, Koreans and Japanese have taken little-space living to the extreme. They can comfortably live in a place that is less than 7 square meters or 70 square feet.
Here’s a cool article from Architectural Digest on how to make the most of small spaces.
Always prefer durable and long-lasting materials
If you are decorating for yourself, avoid cheap plastics, fake woods, imitations, and synthetics. We can emphatically say that going for natural, premium materials is always the better way out. Even if you end up spending more than you anticipated, this is a long-term investment. Instead of planning a ground-up rework every 12-15 years, you can rest easy that walls, floors, and even furniture can stay in place and peak shape for much, much longer.
If you want precise recommendations – composite stone comes to mind, and of course, you have a wide variety of wood that could be used. Timber is also great because it looks homely and is always at least somewhat fashionable.
However, many might say that wooden décor usually looks generic. Yes, they’re right if you pick regular, plain hardwood or plywood accents. It’s quite the opposite if you have the best wood decorations in your interior, for example, cedar, spruce, or even Japanese charred wood sidings or floorings. Wood that has been carbonized with the Japanese technology Yakisugi looks tremendously luxurious and unique. It’s not something that you can get from a local IKEA.
If you’re interested, hop on to degmeda.eu to get to know more about this unique type of wooden décor.
When in doubt – trust professionals
There are a ton of little details and small things that go into finalizing interior decorations. From understanding blueprints and wiring layouts, all the way to color matching and lighting – everything is a unique sphere that has many different aspects that you have to account for. On your own, this is a colossal task that would require months or years even to learn and make the best of. Nevertheless, if you are uncertain about your knowledge and skills, always lean on professionals.
Talk to interior design specialists, furniture makers, engineers, or even renovation specialists to get ideas or to relieve a lot of the workload from yourselves. Professionals are professional because they have the most experience and know-how in making this work. Trust us when we say that you will not be able to handle everything by yourself in a decent timeline. Do not be reluctant to rely on pros.
For recent trends – look at how celebrities live
If you like the extravagant look or if you want some high-class inspiration, there’s always a way of looking at the way celebrities do things. Follow the news and see who moved, who built a new home, etc.
For example, Canadian and Toronto-native rap phenomenon Drake recently moved into a mega-mansion just outside his hometown. It’s not that most people have the money that Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham has. It’s worth seeing because you can see what one of the greatest minds in architecture and décor – Ferris Rafauli has created. The works of people who design homes for celebrities are worth seeing for inspiration and trends.