Love Your Living Space: Home Design Updates for Year-Round Comfort
Since the first lockdown, we’ve all had to spend more time in our homes than ever before, carving out work from home spaces, home exercise areas and much more. As a result, many people have been reassessing their home design and embarking on renovation projects to ensure their home is more adaptable and functional for a variety of uses.
Before the pandemic, the decision to make home design updates was often driven by aesthetics rather than practicality - and this means that, in the name of remaining on-trend, matters of comfort can often be neglected. This is no longer the case though, as more people are striving to create flexible living spaces that can adapt to changing needs at the drop of a hat, be that new COVID-19 restrictions or a change in seasons.
To help homeowners who are keen to overhaul their home design to achieve a perfect equilibrium of fashion and function, Trendy Floors have shared a couple of ideas on how to create a living space that ticks all the boxes.
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Practical flooring options
Flooring can be tricky to choose when you’re trying to design a home that exudes year-round comfort, not to mention meeting your criteria for practicality and style.
While options like tiles promise to be cool underfoot during the warm summer months and are easy to maintain, they can be less appealing once winter sets in. Similarly, carpet offers plenty of snugness when there’s a chill in the air, but come June, it can feel stuffy - and they’ll need a regular deep clean to keep them in pristine condition.
So, how do you get the best of both worlds? Well, one option is to opt for a flooring material like versatile and durable, luxury vinyl floor tiles. With finishes that mimic wood or stone, you can have a stylish floor that’s easy to install, incredibly hard-wearing and easy to clean. This will mean you can enjoy bare floors in summer and simply embellish them with rugs once the chill starts to set in.
If you want an added sense of cosiness, you can also explore the option of underfloor heating, so you don’t need to worry about ensuring your home is toasty warm once the summer days are long gone.
Flexible feature walls
With more time being spent indoors, it’s not surprising that many of us have become tired of staring at the same four walls day in, day out. However, before you embark on a dramatic update, consider how the changes you make will work in the long-term.
One of the biggest challenges with interior updates is ensuring they match the seasons - but with a little creative thinking, you can put some measures in place to help you switch up your home design with minimal effort.
Cue the feature wall. Feature walls are one of the easiest ways to achieve instant impact when it comes to interior design. And, with the right design, you can have a base in place that can be tweaked to suit the time of year or your mood using subtle accents.
For instance, why not use the power of nature to create a striking feature wall? With flower and garden walls becoming increasingly popular, you could look to invest in a trellis or faux grass to form the canvas for the rest of the wall’s design that can be easily updated. In the autumn and winter months, use foliage with dark red, brown and orange detailing that mimics the natural fauna outside. When summer rolls around, switch these out for brighter seasonal flowers. This way, your home can move with the seasons, with very little effort on your part.
Hidden storage solutions
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Minimising clutter is all part of creating multifunctional living spaces, as less clutter provides more freedom to adapt areas for a new season or requirement at any given moment.
Banishing needless clutter also means your home will stay as comfortable as possible all year round. Of course, not every house is blessed with an abundance of storage, so you may have to think beyond traditional cupboards when it comes to removing unsightly items that you don’t want on show but can’t live without.
One nifty trick is to invest in furniture that doubles up as a storage option. These items can be used throughout the home to provide ample storage space, while also adding to the overall aesthetic of the room. We’re thinking coffee tables with hidden drawers in the living room, slide away trolleys in the kitchen, fold away desks and chairs for home offices and ottoman beds and blanket boxes in the bedroom.
These types of storage solutions don’t have to be fixed in place either. With some added sliders or wheels, you can turn bulky, stationary furniture into storage options that can be moved between rooms as needed. This is ideal if you find that certain rooms in your home are more in use at different times of the day or year - allowing you to switch between different areas with minimal fuss.
Comfortable furniture and soft furnishings
Home interior updates don’t have to be big furniture purchases - once you have your staple items in situ, you can start designing your space around them. With this in mind, you’ll need to be savvy when it comes to those expensive purchases, opting for sofas, tables and cabinets that will be as much at home in your rooms in summer as they will in winter.
Also, be mindful of colour choices and furniture size. Choosing a neutral colour for integral furniture pieces will give you greater flexibility to switch up your interiors with almost any colour scheme. Similarly with size, make sure you choose items that will fit the space. Nothing impacts functionality and versatility more than bulky furniture pieces that have a monopoly over the entire room, meaning they can’t be shifted around in different positions.
With these items in place, you can set about accessorising. This is where chunky blankets, fluffy rugs and plump cushions can turn your stripped back summer sofa into a cosy and comfortable haven for those chilly winter evenings. Bring out the candles, draw the curtains and you’ll be all set for an evening of pure relaxation.
Optimised natural lighting
In the summer when the evenings stretch out for hours on end, bringing natural light into the home is anything but a difficult task. You only need to pull back your window furnishings - be these curtains or blinds - and let nature do its thing, bathing your home in the warm glow of the summer sun.
When winter sets in, this might be a little more challenging. Start by paying attention to every window in your home and look for ways to ensure you’re allowing as much natural light in as possible during the day. This might be as simple as thoroughly cleaning your windows or could involve strategically placing mirrors around the room to reflect as much natural light as possible.
With these targeted updates, you can make changes that are not only timelessly stylish but will also create a home that's effortlessly comfortable and flexible all year round.
Alex Jones is a content creator for Trendy Floors, the home of discount flooring products with all the hallmarks of luxury - from affordable luxury vinyl tile to engineered parquet.