Home Design Basics: Planning the Aesthetic of Your House (on a Budget)

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Many people aspire to build their dream home. If you have already reached the stage of planning for its design, then kudos to you. You have probably toiled long and hard to figure out all the necessary aspects of the construction process. Now, planning the design is crucial, as it directly affects building costs as well as the duration of construction.

If you want to cut down on expenses, it’s advised that you take over in overseeing the design of your house. Of course, you’ll need professional help, but instead of relying fully on an interior designer to plan the basics of your house’s design, it’s better to create a concrete plan by yourself so you won’t have to shell out hefty sums for too many consultation sessions.

If you’re opting for a posh, lavish home that’s similar to the ones featured on magazines, the costs may go beyond your budget. Good thing, there are ways to minimise expenses without compromising quality. To help you get started, here’s a list of guidelines to take into account when planning the design of your home:

Create a vision board

With the limitless scope of the Internet, you’ll face no shortage of online materials that can serve as inspiration. Go to Pinterest and start a board or save some images from Instagram. You can even opt for the old-school way of creating a physical vision board composed of magazine clippings and printed photos. This allows you to explore different looks and to organise your preferences so you can finalise your desired appearance.

Choose a key colour

person choosing a tile colorSticking to one main colour, you can achieve a cohesive look that is inviting and refined. Highlight a key colour and select other shades that complement a primary hue. Do this by applying the theory of colour harmony, which is practised by artists in incorporating colour combinations that are harmonious to the eye.

Visualise your furniture

You may think that this stage is too early for deciding on which furniture pieces to use. However, you can be guided in creating an interior design if you already have an idea of what type of furniture to purchase.

For instance, if you want a glass table, you can figure out which colour of walls or which type of floor will match it. Another example is if you want an old-fashioned grandfather wooden clock in your living room. Certainly, you will not go for a minimalist, modern look because it will clash with the clock’s retro vibe.

Be keen on the details

Details can contribute to the luxurious appearance of your home. For instance, fancy trimmings can make the walls appear more neat and polished. Consider having trimmings in muted colours like pearl or cream for class and subtlety.

Additionally, a staircase is an architectural staple that adds character to any home. You can opt for a smart-looking geometrical type or a grand fairytale-like one with intricately-designed bannisters. A concrete step tread functionally acts as the stepping surface of a staircase, and as many experts say, it’s a major visually defining design component. Talk to your architect to help you choose one that is fabricated to match your type of stair design.

Choose alternative materials

You may want a marble sink, but going for white concrete or ceramics will help save a significant amount. Another example is if you want to use maple or teak for your flooring — opting for a cheaper, but sturdy wood will effectively cut down costs. Coordinate with your construction team and consult them regarding the selection of materials. It’s also likely that they have strong business connections with suppliers so maybe you can ask them to help you get a good deal.

The drive of wanting to achieve your desired aesthetics can push you to spend beyond your financial capacity. However, with diligent planning, you can stick to your budget without compromising appearance.