Redecorating can be either a labour of love or a tiresome chore. Making your house a home is all about creating a space that is most comfortable for you, not creating a showpiece. The best advice is to list your loves and work out how to maximise them, discover your own style and run with it. Here are some unique ways of approaching home design and how to incorporate technology naturally; have a read and think about how you can take these ideas on board yourself.
Very few people do not have technology and media as a central aspect of either their work or leisure routine. In fact, most of us use technology extensively in both. Therefore, plan the location and style of the technology you’ll include from the start. If music is your thing, plan for a great sound system. One that can be built in but easily accessed in case you want to upgrade is probably your best bet. For those who like film or television, there are some brilliant ways to incorporate a television into your living room design. Have a look at these unusual display ideas here on House Beautiful, www.housebeautiful.com/decorating/odd-places-for-tv#slide-8. The off-centre display above the fireplace is a particularly great idea – the television is not hidden but neither is it given pride of place. Wherever you decide to mount your television, make sure you do so securely. They are costly items to replace! You can find some great TV brackets at Brackets R Us, check out this selection here, www.bracketsrus.co.uk/TV-WALL-MOUNT-P18/, to see some examples of how you can mount your TV whether by tilting, rotational or cantilever bracket.
Alternate Rooms, Alternate Ideas
The lounge is probably the place where you relax the most and most likely is the place where you watch films and programmes more than in any other room in the house. Nonetheless, you probably want to be connected in other rooms too. For useful home decor, come up with solutions to issues you currently have. For example, is it frustrating that you can’t hear the radio when you’re cooking? Install some speakers and link them to your stereo. You could even try ceiling speakers like those available here, www.ceiling-speakers.co.uk/Kitchen-speakers.asp, so you don’t waste any valuable worktop space.
Bring It All Together
To make your home appear coherent and attractive, it’s important to make sure that the design you have fits with your technology. Some people are naturally inclined towards decoration in fabrics and textiles, others will enjoy poring over the specs of various technological items. For an overall flavour for your design, there are a whole bunch of design websites to flick through. One great source is this guide on the Channel 4 website which provides ideas depending on the size and light source of the room, www.channel4.com/4homes/rooms/living-room/design-planning-ideas/colourful-living-room-design-ideas-08-10-13. Whether you are inclined towards technology or design, don’t forget to think about the other and seek advice when you’re unsure.
Usability is the most important thing when it comes to your home. It is a place in which you can relax and unwind so don’t be afraid to focus on pleasure and functionality. Technology brings us that convenience so don’t shut it out from your home decor; embrace it and consider it a part of the beautiful whole.