It’s boring and sad, and it seems that the wall is infuriating… Why might you feel uncomfortable in your own living space? Let’s consider the symptoms of an uncomfortable interior and treatment methods.
Lots of people want to make repairs once and for a long time. Logical decisions contribute to the fulfillment of the dream: choose practical wear-resistant materials and a neutral finish: no bright colors or trendy prints that will go out of fashion next season. The approach, it would seem, is correct, and will definitely help to avoid fashionable mistakes. Why, then, are practical neutral finishes and matching furniture depressing?
If this happens, it is not necessary to immediately “dilute” the neutral palette with bright colors and expressive art objects, scattering “colored spots” around the room. If moderation is closer to expression, use the Swedish approach: let the living space gradually acquire painstakingly selected accessories. If you do not chase brightness, but choose with your heart, the most beloved things will surround you, and there is already a neutral base for them.
It is not necessary to dilute the neutral space with color at all, you can bet on textures. Choose cozy tactile things that are pleasant to interact with.
It’s no longer fashionable
If an attempt to be safe from fashionable mistakes can cause a “hotel” interior, the desire to keep up with trends has a chance to result in another problem: a fashionable stylized interior will at some point cease to be fashionable.
If the loft style causes you positive emotions, you will simply ignore the trend charts. But if outdated trends have become the cause of irritation, it’s easy to fix the situation. There is a style mix in fashion, so it is not necessary to completely abandon the loft (or some other) style, it is enough to eliminate the most characteristic combinations, for example: remove “water” lamps from a brick wall and replace them with something not at all loft. Popular styles such as loft, Provence and Scandinavian have gone out of fashion in their pure execution, but their recognizable features still appear in design projects next to elements of other styles.
The interior, which the designer did not work on, is often easy to recognize by the arrangement of furniture. In such cases, the furniture group does not have an ideological center, it is itself placed along the walls: the main thing is that the TV zone is opposite the sofa. This arrangement can be convenient, but the empty central part of the room against the background of the crowded walls seems “bare”.
The remedy is simple: use the center with the help of a coffee table or the aforementioned large-format pouf. At the same time, sofas and armchairs do not have to stand against the wall at all, they can be grouped around the center, and even deployed “facing” each other, and not to the TV.
A long room can be zoned with the help of furniture: an open shelving or a corner sofa, which also does not have to stand in the corner. And it is easy to deal with an empty one in the corners of the room with the help of indoor plants and floor lamps.
Let’s imagine the situation. You chose minimalism for practical and aesthetic reasons, but it turned out that maintaining order in such a space requires maximum effort from you, and aesthetics is a shaky matter: any gaping children’s toy on the carpet spoils the whole picture. Such interiors look spectacular in glossy pictures, but they do not always cooperate well with reality. Not everyone is ready to maintain perfect order in non-stop mode.
Prevention, not treatment, will help here: assess your strength sensibly and avoid what brings stress, even if in theory it seems like a great idea. This applies not only to minimalistic interiors, but also to any elements of the living environment that require your resource: glossy facades in the kitchen, indoor plants, light carpet.
The most common and obvious problem: it’s dark in your apartment. Whatever the reason: an unsuccessful location of windows or curious neighbors, from whom you have to hide behind curtains, a multi-layered light scenario will help. Do not skimp on light sources: sconces, floor lamps, table lamps, track lamps and LED lighting will become worthy assistants for overhead lighting.
Give yourself the opportunity to change the illumination of the room depending on your needs and mood, use dimmers to adjust the intensity of the overhead light, and try not to mix warm and cold shades of light in the same room.