Perhaps you will agree that the basis of a home’s interior consists of its floors, walls, ceilings, doors and windows. Once these elements are harmoniously coordinated, it will be easy to fill the spaces and create a cosy home. When we say these elements need to be coordinated, this is in no way to say that the walls, floors and doors have to be the same colour or similar tones. Certainly not! Don’t be afraid of contrasts, as these will also liven up the interior. Here are some suggestions:
- Pay attention to the surroundings. They will whisper to you and tell you what the dominant theme or style of your interior should be. If your apartment or house is surrounded by pine trees, you will naturally want large windows opening onto the natural landscape, and warm, earthy colours for the interior. Wooden floors should be one of the main accents for this interior; and if you want even more warmth and cosiness, don’t be afraid to choose wooden walls. If the home is downtown, an urban style might suit better: cooler tones, contrasting shapes. Oak floors (white or grey) would suit that theme.
- Forget stereotypes. Who said that the floor and the skirting boards or interior doors and architraves must be of the same colour? Do not be afraid to experiment and fantasise. Skirting boards and architraves do not need to be matched to the floor and the door: let the latter be the main focus. Or go for painted skirting boards, making them the same colour as the walls, thus creating the impression of a larger space.
- Say yes to colours and contrasts! Arrange contrasting colours among themselves and you will see how the interior of your house can become more interesting and distinctive because of it. Of course, do not overdo the number of colours. We recommend not using more than three colours. Don’t forget the ornaments, which will account for one of the colours. Vinyl floors have a wider range of textures and colours: they can be boldly used in the kitchen and bathroom. We’ll say it again: do not overdo the number of colours, because when trying to coordinate the colours and the ornaments, you risk creating a chaotic style, in which you will not feel comfortable and will not relax well. When choosing doors, floors and skirting boards, it is advisable to order everything from the range of one supplier.
- Choose a theme and stay with it. Creating a harmonious interior will be easy if you decide on a unifying theme, e.g. a house not far from the sea may have a maritime theme, whereas a country style may suit suburban houses ideally. It is not essential to use a log cabin theme for a country style house: one more interesting solution is the use of mountable wooden walls, which create cosiness and are almost maintenance-free.
- Experiment with different materials and textures. Don’t be afraid to use wooden parquet flooring tiles for wall décor, and to put them around windows not horizontally or vertically (which is the usual way) but diagonally. This type of installation of flooring will become a basic highlight of the room, attracting the eye of all who enter. Don’t forget to design an interesting shape for the zone where the ceramic floor tiles give way to the wooden parquet tiles, instead of having just a straight line dividing the two spaces. Floor coverings are often of different thicknesses, so pay attention to this when designing the transition zones. Don’t be afraid to use vinyl floors where there are tiles. They are just as resilient, but they create an impression of greater cosiness.
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