A list of the latest interior must haves

Home décor covers a multitude of design elements, from the type of flooring chosen to the arrangement of furniture, with varying combinations of structure, colour and furnishings being adopted to make the home as practical, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing as possible. With any home design, you start with the type of mood and look you want to achieve and then find and integrate the various elements that will bring that situation about.

An atmosphere of serenity is fostered by choosing furniture made from wicker or light woods, and a more formal and regal quality can be helped by the choice of heavy, dark woods such as oak.

But appropriate design and choice of furniture is only the start, and suitable accessories are needed to turn even the most beautifully designed house into a home. From china teapots to tasteful art collections, home accessories are the warm flesh on the cold bare bones of pure design and functionality and they are the elements that tell people who you really are and where you’re coming from.

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Designer storage

Space is always at a premium whatever the size of your home, and storage as a design element is a concept that has really evolved from this need for providing more space to store things, but in an aesthetically pleasing way. The main way in which experts provide this extra storage space is through the clever design of containers and furniture that maximise form and function at the same time, such as those employed by interior design luminary Martin Brudnizki in the Dean Street Townhouse and Club at the Ivy.

Closet organisers are very popular, with numerous designs that include drawers, shelving and units that can take everything from snow boots to scarves. Modular garage units also allow for complete flexibility when it comes to securely organising tools and other hardware.

Artworks

From sculptures to paintings, art is one of the most accessible and versatile of home accessories. Whatever your taste or circumstances, artworks can be created or found that will enhance your living space. From bold metal wall-hung sculptures and reproduction old masters to classic landscapes and ceramics, art is on the up-and-up in today’s designer interiors, and less is often more.

Antique rugs

Rugs bestow warmth and comfort in the twinkling of an eye and have been a favourite for years, with the oldest example being a Siberian Pazyryk rug from 500BC. The Persians and Turks produced some of the finest rugs and even though these can be prohibitively expensive there are affordable ones on the market and these are much in demand for creating an exclusive ambience. Gandia Blasco, Brink and Campman and Donna Wilson are just a few of the brand names that can enliven a room with innovative throws and rugs in Traditional or Contemporary designs.

Candles

Candles have been used since ancient times for interior lighting, and they continue to create a warmth and ambience that artificial lights can’t approach. There are hundreds of different types on the market, from small tea lights for a delicate touch to great medieval-style ironwork stands that take a few dozen church candles and create a unique atmosphere to say the least. Even candles that are never going to be lit can greatly complement the decor of a room through their designs and colours.

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David Bell is a freelance writer and blogs about interior design, food, travel, business and technology. Follow him on Twitter @DavidBellWriter

5 Simple Interior Design Tactics for Your Family Home

The interior of your home makes a statement to all who pass through it; a statement about the people who live inside, the way the space is utilized, the love for the home it’s adorning, and the memories that are contained within its walls. Embarking upon an interior design project within your own home is to make a statement about all these things.

Your interior design project should be easy and hassle-free, leaving more room for creative expression, so to help you streamline the process we’ve put together our top five interior design tactics.

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Get Inspired

Before you start, you should have a clear and solid vision of what you want your home space to look like. The best way to go about forming this vision is to collect as much inspiration as possible – the more you see, the more you can choose from. Start spending your spare time looking through magazines, home design blogs, product catalogues and online image collections (like Pinterest). You can even find a wealth of helpful mobile apps to help you get organised and inspired.

By reading about what works and surrounding yourself with images of interiors that you like, you’ll be able to choose what aesthetic you want to go for and get a good understanding of what will work best in your space.

Using Mirrors

Mirrors are often used by interior designers to make the most of a space in a few different ways. Firstly, they light up the room by reflecting light – this is a great tactic to use in rooms that don’t let in much natural light or that haven’t been equipped with light fittings that adequately illuminate the space.

Secondly, they open up smaller spaces and give the room a feeling of having more space than it actually does – they make a room seem bigger. This is a great tactic to use in smaller spaces that have a cramped or closed-in feeling, especially rooms with few windows and/or only one door.

Lose the Clutter

Include lots and lots of storage space in your designs. For the best visual impact, you don’t want your furniture, decor and floor space to be obscured by unsightly objects with no place to hide.

You’ve got to make sure your space is practical, so rather than doing away with all your necessary day-to-day objects, make sure there’s plenty of space for them to be stored out of sight but somewhere easily accessible. Ideally, your storage space will match with your colour palettes and other decor and will actually emphasize the visual effect that you’re going for.

Using Colour

Keep in mind that lighter colours tend to open a room up and make it feel more spacious, while darker colours do the opposite, making rooms appear smaller. Also choose colours for your paint and decor that are appropriate for the mood of the room – rooms meant for relaxation and calm should use cooler, more subtle tones, while high-energy rooms meant for activity and socialising can be adorned with brighter, vibrant colours.

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Award-winning look! (via Pinterest)

Using Lighting

With the right lighting in the right positions you can highlight parts of your room you wish to draw attention to (like an artwork or a feature item of furniture) and draw attention away from areas you wish to mask (like bins or stains). Make use of lamps, up lights, down lights, vertical lights and subtle, less bright lighting options (lower wattage bulbs or adjustable dimming lights) to create a space this is inviting and highlights all the best of the rooms features. Stay away from low-hanging lights, fluorescent bulbs and bright lights that over-saturate the room.

Just remember: it’s important to create a space that you feel proud of and that you can identify with, but it’s also important to make your space comfortable and practical. If you can get all of these elements working together, you’re on the right track to creating a room that ticks all the boxes and is sure to impress.

Rodney is a professional Interior Designer from the Gold Coast in Australia. A lot of his latest work can be seen at Maddison Estate and he provides these tips for families looking to give their home a face lift. Visit maddisonestate.com.au for more information.