expressive interior design

How Expressive Can Interior Design Be?

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If you feel that your home is in the need of a bit of a fresh start, then that can be one of the most exciting times of all. The fact is, re-designing the home can be a project which takes you months to complete, but it is one of the most enjoyable and enlivening projects you can go for. If you think your home needs a new lease on life, then making that happen should fill you with joy. Whether you live alone or with a family doesn’t matter – either way, you can do a whole load of things to make your home considerably better, probably for less money than you had thought. What’s more, it might even turn out that interior design can be a useful way to express your own personality. And when that happens, it often makes for a much more liveable space in which you can easily grow as a person.

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Functional Kitchen

For most homeowners, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. Every room has its own character, of course, but the kitchen is often where you really want to focus first and foremost. If you think about it, you will probably find that you spend a surprising amount of time in the kitchen – and yet you probably don’t relax and hang out there much. This makes it a perfect room to renovate, because your home life won’t be too disrupted, but when it’s finished your best room will be – well, even better.


There are so many things you can do to improve any kitchen, but for many people what they really want to go or is something which brings out the actual function of the kitchen as it is meant to be. Many of us have accidentally allowed our kitchens to become sites for other activities over the years. If you want to breathe new life into your kitchen, that might mean taking it back to its original function: as a place to cook and eat food. This means getting rid of any of that old clutter, no more using it as a dumping ground, and maybe even going through your utensils and gadgets to check whether any need replacing. If you follow these simple steps, you will already be well on your way to a brand new, perfectly functional kitchen. But that’s not all you can do.

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If you are super keen on improving your kitchen to great new heights, then you could consider a renovation. As we have seen, renovating the kitchen is one of the best things you can ever do for your home, but that is not to say that it is easy – quite the opposite. One of the major difficulties will be in deciding what you actually want to do with it – but here is where your opportunity for self-expression can come in quite easily. If you think in your mind’s eye about your ideal kitchen, to suit you specifically, there is probably something strong that comes to mind. Focusing on that image should help you: try to see yourself in the space, and build the space around you. You might not end up with exactly what you imagined, but this is still a powerful way to help you go in the right direction towards your dream kitchen.

If you do this first and find yourself with a kitchen which just screams you, you will no doubt be quite delighted and be spurred on to look at the other rooms of your home too. Speaking of which: what about the bathroom?

Fresh Bathroom

There is no doubt that the bathroom is important, but completely renovating it is often a real difficulty. It is particularly tricky if you only have one, for obvious reasons. It is for this reason that it is often best to simply make a few changes at a time to this room. Fortunately, even just doing that can help to completely re-invigorate the room as a whole. If you hope for a new and fresh bathroom, then you might want to think about some of the smaller-scale things you can do first, before you move on to anything bigger.

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Fortunately, there are plenty of those to think of. It could be that you want to turn the space into more of a safe haven for you personally, while also allowing your personality to shine through. There are few better ways of achieving that than by installing vanity units in the bathroom. Although not everyone has these anymore, they can be really good for allowing you to feel more at home in the space – while the mirror also adds a feeling of space to the room as a whole. Similarly, you could consider completely changing your towels and so on into an entirely new set, maybe even changing the color scheme in the process. Doing so is a low-key, fast, but surprisingly effective way, of ensuring that you get a new kind of life out of your old bathroom. It is well worth considering doing this, even if nothing else.

Your bathroom can be a space in which you truly come alive, albeit entirely by yourself. If you work hard to make yours into a fresh and engaging space, you might find that this makes a huge difference to your home as a whole. Either way, it is well worth considering if you want to give your home a more peaceful and personal vibe, as there is no easier room to change up fast.

Inviting Hallway

Whenever you have guests, it is always nice if you feel that you are able to invite them in in a strong way. If you don’t feel that way at the moment, then taking a look at your hallway area might be a good idea. There are countless things you can do to make your hallway a more inviting area, and doing so will probably help you to feel more at home in the space as well, even when you don’t have any guests coming knocking. The first thing to look at is the colour scheme. Colour affects us emotionally more than you might think, so it is well worth looking into which colours you want for that part of the house. Doing so will mean that you can ensure people feel welcome, calm and happy to be there straight away.

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But colour is not your only tool in making the area inviting and welcoming. You might want to think about clearing it, decluttering it, so that you can have more open space. This works psychologically very well for ensuring that the home feels like somewhere you really want to be. Of course, you could also work on your front door, ensuring that it is new and freshly painted and so on, and this will add to the desired effect as well. It is surprising how often hallways are completely overlooked, and yet they are actually one of the most important parts of the house for everyone. Get this right, and you will be one step closer towards making your home much more suitable to you, and a home which speaks to you personally much more effectively.

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Clean & Tidy

Let’s not forget about the simple power of making your home clean and tidy, as well. If you want your home to be expressive of your true nature, you can only do that by letting it actually show. If there is stuff everywhere and it’s dirty, you are not using the space to its full expressive advantage. So make sure that you keep your home clean and tidy – in a subtle way, it is another way of showing yourself respect.

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