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Creating a timeless house design while meeting your lifestyle needs

Planning stages of interior home design with pictures and swatches

Are you a first-time home builder or ready to take on building your dream home? It is a big but exciting undertaking with lots of decisions to make and one of those is creating a beautiful and timeless design. But design isn’t the only thing to consider here, we want your home to be functional in everyday life. 

One of the main things we do when creating house plans with our clients in Bundaberg is to create homes that are customised and beautiful but will stand up to the passing of time. Here are some of our keys tips on designing for a timeless look and having a functional space to live in.  

Understand the value of neutral colours

When it comes to designing your home, it's essential to consider the value of timeless design principles and the colours you use are one of these. Neutral colours tend not to go out of style and these include colours such as beige, grey, cream and off-white. Consider these colours when picking out wall colours, carpet colours and tiling. Keep in mind that darker carpets and tiling can show less wear and tear over time. 

You may want to consider an accent colour in your overall look and when you do so, think about the ease or difficulty of updating the places you want to feature that colour. A bright kitchen splashback may be easier to replace than bathroom flooring, for example. Classic colours tend not to go out of style so picking strategic places to use them is a great idea. 

Prioritise natural light to create a more warm and inviting atmosphere

Natural light from skylight in living room with stairs and plants

When it comes to creating a warm and inviting space, natural light should be high on your priority list. Not only does natural light provide numerous physical and mental benefits, but it also creates a more welcoming atmosphere. Sunlight enhances the colours in a room, making art and decor pop, whilst also improving the overall ambience. Whether you want large windows, skylights or a sunroom, incorporating natural light into your home can transform it from feeling cold and sterile to warm and inviting. This is something we can work into house plans in Bundaberg if you’re in the planning phase.

Incorporate multipurpose spaces to make the most out of limited square meterage

When it comes to maximising limited square meterage, one of the best solutions is to incorporate multipurpose spaces in your home. Gone are the days of having separate rooms for every function – today's homes are all about getting creative with space. One idea is to have a lounge area that doubles as a guest room or a home office that also serves as a crafts room. By using multipurpose furniture, such as a sleeper sofa or a desk with built-in storage, you can save space and create a more functional environment. With a little innovation and some smart design choices, you can turn any limited space into a versatile, stylish and comfortable living or working area.

Utilise outdoor living spaces to extend the usable space within your home

Getting the most out of your home is all about finding creative ways to extend your living space. The great thing is that one of the most effective ways to expand your home’s square meterage is to create outdoor living spaces that are beautiful and nice to be in.  

Patios, decks, verandahs and even balconies provide a valuable extension of your indoor space that can be used for everything from relaxing on a Saturday afternoon to a big family Sunday brunch. 

When creating your design, consider the flow between rooms and from inside to outside. You can create an extension of your living space or kitchen or even feel like you’ve added entire rooms to your home - they’re just outside. 

Consider your lifestyle needs when designing your home - opt for functional furniture that meets your daily needs

When it comes to designing your home, it's important to consider your lifestyle needs. After all, your surroundings should complement and facilitate your daily routine. That's where functional furniture comes in. While aesthetics are certainly important, the practicality should be a top priority. Look for pieces that serve multiple purposes, like a coffee table with hidden storage or a sofa bed for overnight guests. Even simple design elements, like built-in shelves or a workspace nook, can make a big difference in your daily life. By choosing furniture that meets your needs, you'll not only create a more comfortable and functional living space but also save yourself time and hassle in the long run.

Overall, creating a timeless and inviting home design is achievable by following a few simple steps. Adding natural elements like sunlight, considering your lifestyle needs when planning furniture pieces, and utilising outdoor living spaces will create great value in both aesthetics and practicality. Utilising neutrals as the base of any room and adding pops of colour to make it truly unique. Lastly, incorporating multipurpose spaces will make any space feel more luxurious with less square meterage. With these small improvements, your home will have timeless qualities that last for years to come! For help with house plans and your dream home contact us here at our Bundaberg office.

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CRJ Designer Homes

CRJ Designer Homes

CRJ Designer Homes is a locally owned, family operated building company. Since being established in 2006, Michael and his wife Gillian have made it their goal to build quality homes at exceptional prices, with inclusions that most would consider as an extra!

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