by Todd Ellner
September 19, 2018 Interior Design


Are you looking for some home design inspiration to help you achieve a timeless look?

The truth is that combining looks and functionality can be quite challenging, especially when you have to connect the ideas of every member of the family. Fortunately, we’re here to give you a helping hand.

Read on and discover our list of eight tips that will help you design a stylish, comfortable and smart home:

Home design tips to get you inspired

1. Choose a smart layout

Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing one, deciding how the space will function should be the starting point. An effective design takes a lot of planning and attention to details.

Advice: Spend time walking around the house and try to establish a clear picture of how you want to use the space.


2. Practicability comes first

Keep in mind: a great home design makes everyday tasks easy. Plus, a smart layout can help you maximize the use of space even if your home is small-sized.

Here’s a great example of how you can use the space in your garage:


3. Use the dead space too

Areas left unused tend to attract clutter and manage to take away the beauty of a room. The good news is that there are endless smart ways of putting these spaces to good use.

Not sure what to do with the empty space between the door and the window in your bedroom? Here’s an idea: turn it into a cozy reading nook. It’s both functional and comfortable.

4. Think about the future

Important: When designing the layout of your home, think about your future needs as well. Of course, it’s important to focus on how you want to live right now, especially if you have young kids. But keep in mind that your children will grow and your needs will change over time, so it’s crucial to have a flexible home design.

Tip: You can turn your basement into a second living room where your kids can invite their friends over when they’re older.


Check out this stunning basement remodel inspired from Pinterest. 

5. Make sure there’s a place for everything

Let what you need to store dictate the storage you should choose for your home. In other words, designated storage is more efficient. This way, you’ll have a specific place for each item you need to keep.

Remember: smart storage is vital.

6. Great lighting is paramount

Having in mind that lighting has such a powerful effect on the mood of your home, spending a little more time to get it right is worth it. The trick is to find the balance between natural light and artificial light.

Here are some ideas you can try:

  • Perimeter lighting in the ceiling – for ambient glow;
  • Table lamps – for general lighting;
  • Spotlights – for strong lighting.

8. Set your imagination free

Most importantly, the home design you choose should reflect your personality. Let your inner designer take control and don’t be afraid to play with color palettes and textures. Have in during the process!


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