One may think buying expensive furniture would automatically result to a nice interior decorated space, but that is not always the case. Poor application and arrangement of furniture, regardless of cost, always gives a poor result, and this is the case of most houses in Nigeria. There are many examples of house interiors that are flawlessly made at far cheaper rates than the million-dollar chateaus. The use and combination of wood or wooden textures, wallpapers, glass, lights, etc. in a design go a long way in creating a beautiful ambiance in an interior space. Many times, Nigerian homes are often arranged in ways that make them appear too bulky, too scanty, or just ugly despite the expensive furniture used to fill them. We use blocks to fill up everywhere and wonder why our homes sometimes make us feel depressed; why not use glass walls instead?
Glass brings in natural light to the inside of your home and visually connects the inside to the outdoor. Imagine sitting in your living room and overseeing your beautifully laid garden or your car fleet; nice, right? That alone adds tremendous vitality to your space and life. The issue of privacy might be on your mind but that is why curtains/blinds exist, and with that highly elevated fence you would likely erect, we doubt there would be any reduction in security compared to your otherwise totally concrete space.
Wood is one of the most important elements for interior design, being the key element for most furniture creation. It is also used to make art pieces, partition walls, flooring, utensils, doors, etc. So, the right choice and selection of wood is very critical to the outlook of your space. Don’t be deceived by people trying to talk you out of using wood for some of your interior decors, most likely they don’t know much about it. And if you can’t afford to use real wood, there are wallpapers available that can give you the kind of effect you are looking for.
Wallpapers also are very effective materials because they come in infinite variations of patterns and colours. They are a great alternative to conventional painting, plus they add a great deal of beauty and life to your walls.
Lighting elements are another feature with breath-taking effect when applied strategically. Different types of light produce different effects in a space or on objects. Lights can be used to control the mood of an environment either by brightening or dimming it. According to the function of the space, lights can be placed to put emphasis on a particular area more than others. It can also to used to create a movement or highlight a pattern on an object it is placed on.
An interior decorator is not the same with being an interior designer; the difference is education. It is one thing to have a good taste mixing colours or fabrics together but we advise our aspiring designers to at least take creditable short courses before and during practice. These courses will finetune your skills and teach you some technical knowhows on achieving pleasant designs. We encourage people to study preferably abroad as you will be exposed to endless possibilities of combining material, light, space and function to achieve best outlooks.
You need an educated team who have knowledge of new and trending designs; that is from the architect to the interior designer and artisans, because they are the source of where the actual creativity comes to play. We are aware professionals might charge you higher, so if you are aiming for a greater interior quality but can’t find a designer who shares your vision or budget, you can easily search for examples online and show them to a skilled and creative carpenter to recreate them.
If you’re into real estate development like we are, a home with exquisite interior quality will even rate your property higher in the market and double your investment, plus add positively to your reputation.