With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, our homes have become safe havens, sanctuaries that we love returning to after long days in the outside world. But for those of us who work long hours, it can be tricky finding the time to make sure your home stays orderly. And none of us like coming home to a bucketload of chores! Here are a few quick and easy ways you can keep your home feeling naturally zen.
Most interior designers in Melbourne speak about the city’s eclectic array of urban interior styles with zeal. From suburb to suburb, from heritage homes to warehouse conversions, you can witness architectural alterations across the ages, and within the twentieth-century walls and high ceilings of Melbourne’s innermost suburbs, you’ll be surprised to find that interior styles are greatly dictated by the individual personalities of the dwellers or residents. If you’re looking to best cultivate your personal style within a home that doesn’t possess a matching external façade, it makes sense to enlist the help of an experienced interior designer who’s engaged with all the ins and outs of working with conflicting design elements.
When it comes to controlling the chaos of living, interior designers are also wizards when it comes to maximising your property’s space, and always possess great insights in relation to designing to promote functionality and spatial awareness. For instance, the strategic placement of functional accessories like coat racks and bookcases, can greatly improve the overall liveability of a space.
With the rise of apartments, townhouses, and minimalist living, flexible storage options and furniture with integrated storage compartments, are taking the interior design world by storm. And if you’ve taken a trip to your local furniture store lately, you may have noticed that furniture like bed stands, ottomans, coffee tables and the like, are increasingly coming equipped with integrated storage compartments and added drawers to maximise the piece’s overall functionality. We recommend that you make the most of this new wave of integrated storage options to greatly decrease the clutter in your home, as well as your home’s potential to develop clutter over time. For instance, if you have a drawer specifically for magazines, you can ensure all the magazines find their way to this drawer and that if the drawer gets too full, you can handle the clutter as an isolated problem. The spaces in our homes that are quickest to clutter are our living rooms and bedrooms. This is where integrated storage must be prioritised and utilised. It’s all about using these contemporary tools to develop good habits, habits that are vital for effortlessly maintaining a zen and well-organised lifestyle.
Revisiting your home’s interiors is always a great excuse to visit op shops and antique stores in the hunt for beautiful antiques and other potential accent pieces. Incorporating some tasteful antiques into your home can be a fantastic way of adding a touch of timelessness to your interiors, whilst also allowing the eyes of both your cohabitants and guests alike, to naturally settle on these elegant focal points, intrinsically making your living spaces feel far less chaotic and far more cohesive. Melbourne-based interior designer, Lauren Li, states that her main objective as an interior designer, is to ensure that the dwellers feel comfortable and perfectly at home in their living space. Li believes that an extra level of comfort can be achieved through the incorporation of ‘meaningful pieces’ into the home. This means that there most definitely is space for your grandparents’ antique cuckoo clock, or even for your mother’s pink suede armchair. Personal accent pieces and antiques can grant your space a highly sought after and elusive quality: a unique personality.
And if you’re not sentimental by nature, you’ll be happy to hear that you can achieve similar results by upcycling old op shop pots and vases into new homes for some leafy housemates or freshly-cut flowers. Even flower pots can have stories!
Taking these steps doesn’t mean that you can’t go home and put your feet up. On the contrary, taking the preliminary effort needed to cultivate a zen space usually always results in maintaining that sense of styled serenity. We’re confident that if you follow these three simple suggestions, you’ll soon discover that your lifestyle habits may drastically change to be naturally more conducive to stress-free living and total domestic bliss.