In our decoration and renovation annual, Home Solutions, we asked design experts to weigh in on dilemmas effecting every area of the home, from the kitchen to the children’s room – here’s what they advised. From style tips to important practical considerations, this web series charts a checklist of concerns for easy reference for your next household revamp or refresh.
First in the series is the heart of the home: the living room.
• Always use a dimmer switch for lighting to save energy and create mood lighting for any occasion.
• Neutral colours like grey are useful, but make sure you choose a warm tone.
- Peggy Bels, Peggy Bels Interior Design
• Find a design firm that suits your personality and interests. A good working relationship is more important than any materials or furniture.
• Hong Kong is extremely humid, so don’t forget to waterproof your room before renovating to avoid moisture issues down the line.
- Louis Chan, Zchron Interior Design
• Don’t mix too many different styles, colours or features in one space – it can be too much to handle.
• If you buy a rug, look for one made with a mix of wool and silk, which creates a fantastic effect. Choose one big enough to nearly cover the entire living room.
- Frankie Ke, Kes Interior Design
• Diffuse the light in your living room to minimise glare.
• Look for creative storage solutions – for instance, go for a coffee table with storage underneath. Consider adding a layer of functionality to the surface of a door with magazine racks or notice boards.
- Gary Chang, Edge Design Institute
Lead image courtesy of Carl Hansen & Son.