3 smart and practical interior design ideas
Interior design is seen as purely aesthetic, a way to turn your room of cold practicality into a liveable space brimming with heart. You get the builders in, have the place kitted out with the necessities in mind, then find a Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen type to spruce it up, filling it with more scatter cushions than an IKEA warehouse.
But, in truth, high-quality interior design should combine the practical with the aesthetic invisibly, like a well-dressed ninja working security at a subterfuge-fashion show (whatever that is).
That’s not to say that a beautiful painting isn’t as worthy as a sturdy pair of blackout curtains, but the latter has a lot more practical value than the former.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few practical interior design decisions that’ll keep your home safe and secure – all while still making it look swish.
Waking up surrounded by flames is a major fear for some people, the kind of things that’ll make you grind your teeth in your sleep. And it’s not an irrational fear by any stretch of the imagination. This is no spider in your bath – fire is a real and present danger requiring the best technology to keep you safe.
Your home should be kitted out with a fire alarm and extinguisher, which can be covered in aesthetic accoutrements to match the rest of your home. We’d recommend Fire Safety UK for the best safety equipment.
For a more VIP fire safety experience, try blast protection inside you wall cavities. This will protect your home from any lethal flames, containing the burn for up to four hours and giving you plenty of time to call the emergency services.
Ideal light reduction
Every cinema buff understands the need for a decent blackout curtain, especially when the sun streaks through windows in the summer. Even when it isn’t sunny, a nearby streetlight could disrupt a good night’s sleep.
Our favourite company for blackout curtains is Dunelm, which provides a wide variety of colours and lengths to perfectly fit any window in your home. Give them a look.
Whether you live in a cramped bedsit or a huge mansion, economy in space is essential. Even the largest room in your home can look crowded without the right space-saving essentials.
But cheaper wardrobes and cupboards will look about as presentable as a shopping trolley in a bin.
We’d recommend splashing out a little on your wardrobes from somewhere like Hammonds or Strachan. Luxury furniture will make your home look the part and, best of all, keep it neat and tidy.