Tips on Interior Design for your new home
There is nothing more exciting than designing the interior of your new home and selecting all of the fittings, floorings and colour schemes, not forgetting the kitchen and bathrooms.
At this point you will have already selected your builder and house design, so the next step is to choose how you want the inside of your home to look and feel. You should already have a mood board that contains all of your favourite materials, colours and ideas for the interior design of your home.
Now is the time to pull all of these ideas and concepts together and truly make this house your home, reflecting your lifestyle and your personal tastes. If you need some help, you can always consult a professional interior designer or ask one of our specialists at Thompson Sustainable Homes to put you in touch with one of our design & colour consultants.
With your interior design budget in mind, let’s take a look at some of the design choices you need to make at this stage of building your home.
Colour schemes for the interior of your home
The colours you select are purely a personal choice, but many home owners start with a neutral palette, using different tones to highlight different spaces. A neutral palette gives you plenty of scope to include colour or more dramatic highlights in the furnishings, accessories and art work in your home.
One tip here is to select your flooring first and then match the colour of your walls to your flooring. For example, a dark flooring goes well with lighter coloured walls, whilst a light coloured flooring goes well with either a light or dark colour on your walls.
Flooring for your home
There are a number of floorings you can choose for your home, but the most popular concept is to have one type of flooring throughout the main living areas of your home. This is usually hardwood, engineered wood/laminates or tiles. Some home owners still like carpet in their homes, although this does tend to be mainly in the bedrooms. Just remember that you want moisture resistant flooring in both the kitchen and the bathrooms.
Designing the kitchen for your home
The kitchen is the heart of Aussie homes and needs to not only be a practical and functional space, but also needs to reflect your lifestyle. Many home owners want a kitchen island with seating for casual meals, a walk-in pantry, overhead range hoods and a built in dishwasher.
There are so many different styles and options for the lighting, benchtops and large appliances in your kitchen that you need to remain focused on your design at this stage. A tip here is to consult a kitchen designer who can take your ideas and concepts and design a kitchen that is perfect for your family. This is your chance to really have the kitchen of your dreams, so consulting the experts is a wise move.
Interior design budgets
It is important to allocate your budget wisely with a certain amount of money for flooring, lighting and window treatments. Of course, a large part of your budget will be allocated to your kitchen and bathrooms with some experts estimating that 5-10% of your home’s value should be spent on your bathrooms and 10-15% on your kitchen.
For more information on selecting the right home design for your family, call Thompson Sustainable Homes on 1300 904 040, complete our online enquiry form or drop into our showrooms at 167-171 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba, QLD.