Zen Home Ideas: Minimalistic Living The Japanese Way

Living in the metro is certainly stressful. From the moment we step out of our homes in the morning, we face challenges before we can even get to our workplace. The horrendous traffic and chaotic crowds during the morning rush alone can bring even the toughest people to their knees. 


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This Asian style design was created by Isa Martinez, Homestyler mobile user


With the daily stress outside our homes, we all want our homes to be a stress-free environment: a place where we can relax and be at peace. This is where the Japanese interior design principle of zen comes handy in making your humble abode into a true place of tranquility.

 

What is zen?


The Japanese style zen interior design has been around for a long time but, it’s only in the mid-19th century that the East and the West began trading and Japanese home design began influencing the western world. Since then, it has become a popular choice of design for many homeowners.


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This Asian style design was created by Isa Martinez, Homestyler mobile user


Zen is a way of life or philosophy that focuses on simplicity and peacefulness through the power of meditation. That’s why when it comes to interior design, zen is about finding the right balance of all the elements to create a peaceful living space. The minimalistic approach to maximize condo space arrangement is also an essential aspect of zen. In this regard, the Japanese have become experts in creating a blueprint for tranquil designs in the simplest way possible.

 

Finding the Perfect Balance Through “Ma”


“Ma” is a design concept the Japanese have developed in which they use different elements to balance out the spaces available. One such important element that uses this design concept is Negative Space. If you haven’t heard of this term, no, it isn’t about adding bad vibes into a room’s design. Negative Space means leaving a particular spot in a room “empty” or unadorned on purpose to provide visual balance. This concept will not only make a room look cleaner and uncluttered, but it will also help highlight specific design or pieces of furniture in a room.   

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This Asian style design was created by nullen 9, Homestyler mobile user

Other Important Design Elements of Zen


Aside from incorporating negative space into a room, there are other vital elements of zen interior design. If you’re thinking about going applying zen inspired pieces to on your condo arrangement, here are some of the important  zen design elements you should look into:


Sliding doors and screen


As you might have noticed in traditional Japanese houses, most of their entryways are sliding doors or screens. The authentic Japanese screens called “shoji” that made of wooden frames and translucent paper. This will not only allow natural light into a room, but it will also be an ideal door for condo owners with limited floor space because sliding doors/screens don’t take up that much Space as compared to traditional swinging doors.


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This Asian style design was created by chrissy w, Homestyler mobile user

Elements of nature


Because the beauty of nature has a calming effect on us, the Japanese took advantage of this by incorporating nature into their home’s zen interior design. Bonsai trees and hanging terrariums, for instance, are staples in Japanese homes. The best thing about interior plants is that they are not just aesthetically pleasing to the eye; they also help purify the air inside your home.


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This Asian style design was created by Levette Tripp, Homestyler mobile user


Wood and bamboo


To go with all those greens you’re going to be bringing into your home, wooden elements and textures will significantly enhance the overall ambience of your home. This will help make the rooms in your home look more natural and fresh.


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This Asian style design was created by Mariana Basson, Homestyler mobile user


Natural light


Most of the essential elements of zen design come from nature. Same goes with the lighting. Not only will it look more calming and fresh, taking advantage of the sunlight will help you conserve energy, it will also have a warm and calming effect in your home.


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This Asian style design was created by Ericache1987, Homestyler mobile user


Earthy colors


To complete that natural feel in your home, consider repainting your walls with earth tones. They don’t only make rooms look more balanced with the other elements of your zen-inspired room, earth tone colors can make your home look more calming and inviting.


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This Asian style design was created by Morgan Ann, Homestyler mobile user

Minimalist furniture


Rather than go with overly-designed pieces, a zen interior design opts for simple, minimalist furniture. Keep in mind that zen home designs are all about simplicity, that’s why even when choosing a piece of furniture, you should pick something that has no excessive design or ornamentations. 


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This Asian style design was created by Milica Korica, Homestyler mobile user


Minimalistic decors


Much like furniture, the decortions can greatly affect the overall feel and ambience of a room. Remember that it’s all about keeping things simple and functional.


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This Asian style design was created by Mariana Basson, Homestyler mobile user


Decluttering


One sure way of creating a sense of peace and tranquility in any home is to get rid of all the eyesore. You can go full on KonMari and throw away all the unnecessary items in your home and leave only the things that you need.


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This Asian style design was created by Garona Equis, Homestyler mobile user


Japanese entryway


If your condo unit has a sort of a hallway before you can get into the main living room, you should also try this out. This is a great condo layout idea as you can turn it into a “genkan” or a Japanese entryway where you can greet your visitors and politely ask them to take off their shoes to keep your condo unit clean.

 

Yes, the city and your work can be exhausting; but when you get home, you should be able to relax and feel free from all the toxicity of everyday life. With these zen condo layout ideas, you can do just that. Try these out for yourself and see the positive changes it can make in your life.


Thank you Boom Rizal for this amazing piece! Boom is an investor, a property consultant, a researcher, and a passionate writer and write mostly about business investments, property consultations, innovations, and home living.

5 Top kitchen improvements that will help you sell your home

If you’ve decided to put your house on the market, it pays to thoroughly prepare your home for sale. Investing in some key home improvements can make all the difference between achieving a sale at a price that you’re happy with. And where better than to start with the heart of the home: your kitchen.


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This kitchen design was created by Susan Yanelys, Homestyler floorplanner user


Kitchens have come a long way in recent times. Not that long ago, a domestic kitchen was seen as a purely functional space for food preparation and storage, hidden away behind closed doors. But take a look at any contemporary home and you’ll find the kitchen fully integrated into the way we live. It’s where we cook and eat, socialise and entertain – the modern kitchen truly is the hub of the home.


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This kitchen design was created by Mirna Meloni, Homestyler mobile user


Estate agents know only too well that kitchens sell houses, so if this area of your home does not live up to buyers’ expectations, it may take longer to sell the property and fetch a lower sale price. We’ve got some clever tips to help you upgrade the most important elements of a tired, unloved kitchen, in an effort to wow house hunters and get your property sold.

1. Kitchen furniture makeover


The first thing property viewers will notice are your kitchen units. Check to see if these are in excellent condition and showing off your kitchen to best effect. If there are signs of age or wear and tear, don’t be complacent – get it sorted.


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This kitchen design was created by Mary Johnson, Homestyler mobile user

A fresh coat of paint in an ever popular neutral shade or a trendy new colour may be all it takes to revamp kitchen doors and drawer fronts to bring them right up to date. Add new door knobs and handles to complete the transformation.

If painting is not an option, how about replacing your cupboard doors to give your kitchen a new lease of life? Cheaper than a brand new kitchen, there are many companies that specialise in this type of service.


2. Upgrade your worktops


Is your existing kitchen being let down by lacklustre worktops made from traditional laminate or past-its-prime timber? These days, style and substance go hand in hand, meaning your kitchen worktops should be made from premium materials that ooze both functional and aesthetic appeal.

Think of investing in luxury materials such as marble or limestone, natural granite stone or engineered quartz, to really elevate both the look and performance of your kitchen. This specialist supplier explains the benefits of using granite, a “naturally-occurring stone formed over millions of years in the earth’s crust. This makes it an incredibly durable and heat-proof material with a densely packed crystalline structure and very low porosity. Once sealed, granite is a waterproof and stain-resistant surface and almost impossible to scratch, thus maintaining their diamond-polished shine for years”, Chandler Stoneworks.

What’s more, granite comes in a wide range of outstanding colours and unique colours to add a stylish statement to any contemporary or traditional kitchen.


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This kitchen design was created by Susan Yanelys, Homestyler floorplanner user

Of course, this type of natural stone worktop comes at a price, but you don’t need to change all worktop surfaces. Maybe contrast premium granite around the sink area with more affordable oak or beech worktops elsewhere? In any case, the investment will have been well worth it if the resulting wow effect leads to that all important property sale.


3. Revamp your walls and ceilings


Once you’ve considered the kitchen units, it’s time to take a look at walls and ceilings to see if they need a refresh. If you do decide to repaint, choose a bright white or pale neutral shade to maximise the sense of space and light in the room and make it warm and inviting. Soft pastel colours are the perfect complement for wooden cabinetry and freestanding timber furniture, while grey has been a strong recent kitchen colour trend.

You can complement plain painted surfaces with other materials that are both decorative and practical in the kitchen. From feature brick tiled walls to splashbacks in stainless steel or colour glass sheets, or ceramic or marble tiles on upstands or wall surfaces, there’s a wealth of choice and no shortage of interiors inspiration.

Whatever you choose, do bear in mind that it’s not your personal taste the counts as much as the aesthetic preferences of your target market. After all, you’re upgrading your kitchen for a particular reason.


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This kitchen design was created by 오유나, Homestyler floorplanner user


4. Look up and down


Don’t underestimate the power of good lighting in the kitchen, which can make the difference between a drab, gloomy space that no-one wants to spend time in, and a warm, welcoming heart of the home. 


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This kitchen design was created by Karen Berry, Homestyler mobile user


Start with maximising any natural light coming in by keeping windows sparkling clean and free of clutter. Artificial lighting should provide more than adequate levels of illumination. If that is not the case, you may need to upgrade light fittings to improve the situation or fit additional under-cabinet LEDs. Finally, invest in a feature lamp or light fitting that draws the eye.

On the floor, practicality and cleanliness are definitely next to godliness. If your kitchen floor surfaces are letting the side down, don’t hesitate to invest in an upgrade. Rather than risking the backlash against an overtly cheap and cheerful solution, go for luxury flooring such as natural stone flooring, ceramic or LVT tiles, hardwood or even bamboo flooring.

5. Those all-important finishing touches


Whether you decide to implement all, some or even none of the above recommendations for improving your kitchen, there is one thing that every proud home owner should do to maximise the chances of a successful property viewing.


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This kitchen design was created by Lili Vaz, Homestyler mobile user


Declutter your cupboards and worktops, scrub every kitchen surface so that it sparkles, and position any freestanding furniture to improve the flow. Next, set the scene with a few handpicked accessories such as a bouquet of flowers on the table, fresh herbs on the window sill, or a bowl of fresh fruit on the worktop, to add a touch of nature.

Finally, entice your potential buyers with the smell of freshly brewed coffee, or even freshly baked rolls, to make the perfect first impression.

Hope you likes this article! Please note that this is a contribution of Annie Button – Make sure you follow her on her Twitter account for more related content: @anniebutton1994 and read her previous article on Homestyler – 8 things to consider when extending your home

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How to decorate a studio apartment

If you think it can be difficult to design one room, how about setting up different rooms in the same four walls?

Living the big city life can be great but it often means you need to compromise into living in a really, really small house. Sometimes, as small as one single room.

A popular design layout in big cities is studio apartment design: practical, modern and mostly small.

A studio apartment typically combines living room, bedroom and kitchen in one single room.

Studio apartment design is all about making the best use of the space you have – Not much! And using the right visual tricks to make the room lol bigger than it really is.

 

1. White walls

 

Light walls are generally the most preferred choice and the reason is simple.

Light shades, and white in particular, have the ability to visually enlarge the space and making it look brighter and airier than it actually is.

This is a simple and easy trick that can give you so much, but visually enlarging your small studio apartment.


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This studio apartment design was created by Susan Yanelys, Homestyler floorplanner user

 

2. Two levels

 

If you can’t expand horizontally, it might be a good idea to extend your apartment vertically!

Create a mezzanine: a low story that divides the house in two floors.

Place your living area and kitchen at the ground floor and leave your bedroom and personal bathroom at the top one, to reserve you some privacy when you have guests.


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This studio apartment design was created by Kate Charman, Homestyler mobile app user

 

3. Separate the bedroom

 

Give yourself a little bit of privacy by separating the bedroom from the rest of the house.

You can use a piece of furniture, such as a  wardrobe, a practical room divider or even install a sliding door. Barn doors are really hot recently!


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 This studio apartment design was created by Cristina Jimenez, Homestyler mobile app user


4. Bright colors

 

 Okay, the space you have is not much. But you can give the right illusion of it by playing with some bright accent color!

 

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This studio apartment design was created by Salvatore Di Bono, Homestyler floorplanner user


5. Storage solutions


Get smart with the storage solution. You have a very limited space, we are sure you don't want to waste it! To get some ideas on how you can optimize your space to store as many things as possible in a very limited space, make sure you read our previous blog post.

6. Big windows

Let as much natural light as possible stream into your studio apartment. The sunlight will make your studio apartment look bigger and it will also have a very positive effect on your mood.

Windows give a more welcoming feeling to any room design. The bigger they are, the better it is! Especially for studio apartments.

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This studio apartment design was created by Isa Martinez, Homestyler mobile app user

Your room design with 7 yellow accents

Yellow is by far the happiest and brightest color but it’s rarely used as the primary shade in a room design.

Many psycologists have proved that decorating a house in yellow can bring more happiness and optimism.

However, yellow is has never been a very popular choice in home decorating.

The reasons of this is that yellow is particularly hard to pair up with another shade. It tends to be too overwhelmingly bright, and get people tired very easily.

Yellow can work as a good accent to give a touch of creativity to your home design but it needs to be accompanied by a neutral color.

We have listed for you a few ways in which you could use yellow in your room design obtaining great and charming results.

 

1. A yellow armchair in a total black living room

 

Total black rooms can be very fascinating but also quite scary and way too dramatic.

A fun and interesting pop of color can be represented by a yellow armchair or lounge chair, to give some light to your room design.


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This living room design was created by chrissy w, Homestyler mobile app user

 

2. A soft shade of yellow in a neutral room

 

A pastel yellow tone can allow more freedom and more liberty in the use of this color.

While a bright shade of yellow is normally not suggested to paint the entire walls of a room, a pastel shade can give a warm and cozy feeling into any room design.

A pastel yellow wall can be great when paired with total white furniture, such as a sofa or a bookcase.


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This living room design was created by Shaima B, Homestyler mobile app user

 

Alternatively, pastel yellow walls can represent an amazing addition to a neutral, black and white space, bringing a bit of light and modernity in a very traditional home decorating concept.


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This living room design was created by Teke Tin, Homestyler floorplanner user

3. Yellow chairs in a dark dining room

 

Yellow dining chairs can guarantee the WOW factor in any dinner party.

They can instantly bring happiness in the room and show that you’re not afraid to take risks, not even in home design.


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This living room design was created by Morgan Ann, Homestyler mobile app user

 

4. Yellow small decorations with teal

 

Teal is a charming color but it needs something to cheer it up.

Small yellow accessories, such a few pillows or some decorations on a teal colored wallpaper can keep the ambience soft and cozy by giving a bright touch to the overall room design.


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This living room design was created by Kate Charman, Homestyler mobile app user


5. Yellow pillows


Using colored pillow is an easy and economic way of remodeling a home. If you want to give a touch of color to your room design, but you are scared of going too bold, you can use a couple of yellow pillows on your armchairs or sofas.

The expense is very limited, so you won't feel bad in case you don't like your final result.


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This living room design was created by Melike Te, Homestyler mobile app user


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This living room design was created by Juana Perez, Homestyler floorplanner user


6. One big, yellow painting


Artwork statement is the solution for many that want to use a bright color without going too much crazy. One big painting with yellow decorations can provide the light you need to your room design, by keeping the rest of the decoration neutral and elegant.


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This living room design was created by chrissy w, Homestyler mobile app user 

7. A yellow, eye-catching backsplash


The kitchen is probably that one room where bright colors fit the best. There are many ways in which you could include yellow accents in a kitchen: yellow curtains, a yellow table cloth or yellow accessories… A yellow backsplash with geometrical items can grab the attention and make your daily cooking happier.


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This living room design was created by Luis Gonzalez, Homestyler floorplanner user

Your vintage living room design in 9 simple steps

When it comes to interior design styles, the choices can be many.
But if you’re looking for a timeless look, that will allow your house to make everyone feel at home, we can only point you towards one direction.
Vintage style is by far the coziest one among all the different ways in which you could decorate your house.
It adds a unique touch to every home design, but it’s also quite tricky to get right.
Because vintage style gives space to a lot of creativity it terms of furniture choice, materials and colors, people often think it is a very easy style to reproduce.
Let me tell you something though: Well, it’s just not.
There’s a fine between an unforgettable vintage living room and a true disaster, where everything has just been let to case.

Fortunately, you have us, and we will teach you how to get to the first result and design the perfect living room in vintage style.

1. Wooden floors

Traditionally, vintage rooms are usually decorated with a wooden floor.
The reason is easy: no other kind of flooring has ever screamed coziness before.

Wood is also very versatile, and allows to play with different vintage rugs: whether they are statement ones or rather neutral, rugs are essential in a vintage living room design.

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This vintage living room design was created by Rutchevelle Den Ouden, Homestyler floorplanner user

2. No empty walls

In a true vintage design, walls are not just the box around it, but they are an essential part of the whole concept.
Empty walls are rarely to be seen.
A vintage room is a real work of art, and a showcase of unique items.
If you have a collection of old clocks, vases or paintings, use your walls to make your design statement.

In vintage design, wall shelves and open cabinets are the must-have furnishing item.

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This vintage living room design was created by Susan Yanelys, Homestyler floorplanner user
3. Long, precious curtains

Forget shades and blinds for your vintage living room design.

What you need are long, timeless curtains: the kind that you don’t buy in a big furniture shop but most likely in a flee or antique market, that are able to make the atmosphere even cozier.

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This vintage living room design was created by Garona Equiz, Homestyler mobile user

4. Wooden furniture

The reason of this furniture choice and be linked to the one of the flooring.
You can choose a tone that is similar to your floor, or you can play with contrast.

Just avoid to use too many of those dark wooden cabinets together with a dark wooden flooring type, to make sure your space won’t look too cluttered and your room will still breathe.

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This vintage living room design was created by Mariana Basson, Homestyler mobile user

5. Play with different textures

Metal accents with wood, velvet sofas with knitted cushions or top, emerald green with a neutral brown shade.
As we stated at the beginning, vintage style living gives you the chance to explore different materials and colors in one room.
Furnishing a living room in vintage style involves a lot of researching around different niche furniture shops, and this can be both fun and also very challenging.

While a sofa or at least a loveseat is necessary in every living room design, vintage styles gives you the chance to add one or two contrasting armchairs, with an ottoman for some extra sitting space.

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This vintage living room design was created by Marilyn Hertel, Homestyler mobile user

6. Add a library

To many of us, a place isn’t cozy with a proper library.
Don’t be afraid to show your reading tastes to your guests, and allow your hobby to become part of the whole room remodeling.
A library on a wall and a couple of books left casually on the coffee table: and you’re suddenly home.

Not to mention that, giving a hint of what you like can also offer a good chance to start a great conversation with the people you welcome at home.

7. Show the real you

A house isn’t a home until we have added something that it’s only ours.
Family pictures, images of the most important moments in our life: if we like history in furniture, we certainly can’t deny what has happened to us until now.

Just remember to select the frame with care, attention and love: forget cheap, plastic ones and rather opt for silver pictures frames, that are just a classic.

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This vintage living room design was created by Orrie Beck, Homestyler mobile user

8. Warm lighting

One of the most fun accessories to play with, in a vintage design, are definitely the light fixtures and the lamps.
To give an overall cozy and warm feeling, please go for a warm light, and just don’t buy whatever lamp comes to your way.
Lighting really makes it all, and can make a huge difference.
A big, unique statement ceiling light can be a great way to set the mood.

Wood table lamps next to the sofa or on the cabinet give the impression that you didn’t leave anything to the case.

9. A touch of modernity

Vintage means old but this doesn’t mean that you can’t take the liberty to add a few modern accents.
As long as you carefully select each furniture piece and accessory you decide to use, your vintage living room gives you the chance to express your self at 360 degrees.
Don’t be afraid to dare but make sure the room has a overall cohesive look.
If you want to buy a piece of furniture just because you found a nice offer online, just please don’t.
Remember that everything you add in your room will become part of your life and you will see it every day, for a big part of your life at least.


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This vintage living room design was created by Orrie Beck, Homestyler mobile user

More furniture items will come soon!

Homestylers! We know you all love when new items get added in the catalog – And we have got your back.

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We will add new products and accessories of any kind on a very regular basis, all you need to do is staying tuned!

Remember to check the New section of our catalog when you see the Banner at the top of the community page saying that new items have been added… You might find real treasures there.


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Furniture items for your living room, kitchen or bathroom designs, but also paintings, curtains and building elements.


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To make Homestyling even more fun, we have aso thought about adding animals, people and kids dressed for different occasions.


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Everything will be added gradually, just need to wait until we work on each and every 3D model to make sure it can be used and enjoied without majour issues.

Thank you for your understanding and feel free to contact us at homestyler-support@service.alibaba.com anytime, for more content suggestions, ideas or anything else you'd like to share with us!

Vertical Living: 11 Shelving Ideas That Make It Easy

In recent years, people who live and work in metropolitan areas are shifting to condo living

Why? Reasons include access to great amenities, security, and affordability. Most condominiums are strategically located in parts of metropolitan cities where everything you need such as malls, restaurants, salons, movie houses, supermarkets, convenience stores are just a stone’s throw away.

Condos are also situated near or even within business districts, making it a perfect living arrangement for busy people who want their work and life balanced out harmoniously.

Cities all around the globe are becoming more and more overcrowded, it is inevitable that the traffic situation in cities will most likely be a problem. And living in a condo located in areas where most people work allows them to avoid long and tiring commutes. 

However, as the population continues to grow, especially in metropolitan areas, we are now faced with another problem: limited living spaces. Condo units may be practical and closer to work, but they have limited space, which can be challenging.

If you’re having problems organizing your belongings because of the limited space you have, don’t you worry as there are tons of clever storage solutions you can do yourself. To help you out, here are ten DIY storage ideas to maximize every available space in your condo. 

Floating shelves


These are open shelves that you can mount on walls to store a number of items from books to ornaments. Because they’re wall mounted, you can pretty much use this amazing storage idea in areas or rooms that have bare walls. The best thing about it is they’re easy and relatively cheap to install.  


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This living room design was created by Nicole Simplicity, Homestyler mobile app user


Corner shelves


Much like floating shelves, corner shelves can be used to maximize space in your condo that is usually overlooked. Corners are in fact often not thought of as a space to install shelves but if you really want to take advantage of every available space in your condo unit, you might want to try this out.'

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This living room design was created by chrissy w, Homestyler mobile app user


Headboard shelves


Another area where you don’t usually think of when it comes to storage is the space above your bed. You can use the space to put some decorations or maybe the books you usually read at night.


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This bedroom design was created by saira, Homestyler mobile app user

 

Bed frames with drawers

The space under your bed can be more than just a place for dust bunnies to collect. Make use of this often-neglected area by installing drawers where you can keep shoes, books, and your clothes. The coolest thing about it is that the stuff you put in it can be hidden away out of sight, making your bedroom more organized.


Staircase drawers


The space underneath staircases is another great place for storage. You can either keep it open to create a sort of a nook for books and decorations, or you might want to install doors to make a “hidden” storage space for unused Christmas decors or shoes. 


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This living room design was created by camino_l_j, Homestyler mobile app user


Wall-mounted racks


In the kitchen, bathroom, and/or bedroom, racks can be easily installed on bare walls to maximize the limited space of your condo space. Much like wall floating shelves, wall mounted racks allow you to add additional storage space without using any floor space.

 

Divider shelves


For studio-type condo owners, dividers are often necessary to create “rooms.” in a one bedroom condo design. So why not use dividers as a storage space as well? Your sleeping area can be easily separated from the kitchen by using a cabinet, which you can also use as a cupboard for extra kitchen storage or storage space for your clothes depending on where you face the shelves.


Bathroom shelving


Usually, condo units with a small living area come with an even smaller bathroom. This makes it difficult to find an extra storage space for bathroom essentials. If you need extra space for towels and toiletries, you can use the space above your toilet’s tank by installing shelves.


Kitchen corner stacks


One of the rooms that would really need a lot of storage space is the kitchen. That’s why it is important to use every inch of space in your kitchen, including the corners, which are usually taken for granted. By adding a vertical row of open shelves in corners, you’ll be able to use it to display cookbooks, spices, and other stuff that are within easy reach when you’re working in your kitchen.  


Cupboard spice racks

 

The jars of your herbs and spices may be small but they can take up a lot of counter space in your kitchen, not to mention that they make your kitchen look disorganized. To avoid this problem, you can just simply install spice racks at the back of the cupboard or cabinet. This way, your herbs, and spices are always out of sight but are still within reach if you need them for your cooking.


Hooks


Yes, hooks may not be considered shelves but they are as important for your storage needs. A simple contraption like a hook installed in the right place can easily boost your storage game. 


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This living room design was created by Autumn Brister, Homestyler mobile app user


In the kitchen, for example, you can screw them on the side of your kitchen cabinet so that you can have a place to hang your pots and pans.

 

The global population is constantly growing but it doesn’t mean we have to live miserably in cramped spaces. When square footage is an issue, these simple and easy to install shelving systems and storage space ideas can really help you maximize every inch of your condo unit. Try these and see for yourself.

This article was written by Jona Jone. Jona Jone has been a mortgage originator in Philadeplhia, PA. She is also a Business and Property Specialist. She has been writing articles about real estate investment, business, parenting and living.

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Walk around your design with the panorama feature

After you have finalized your Homestyler project, one of the coolest features you can try is the Render one, to have an idea of how your home design will look in real life.


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In one of our recent updates we will add a further step to normal rendering, however, and it is the chance to take a 720 panorama of your project: if you identify a standing point, the camera will turn at 720 degrees, allowing you record a full view of your rendered home design.


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One additional step to the panorama rendering, is the Virtual Tour features, that allows to add up different panorama renderings, allowing the user to go from a rendered room to the other, for a more complete view of the project.

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Taking a Virtual Tour means being able to add up multiple panorama renderings and visualize them all together, having the feeling that you are really walking in your Homestyler house, and being able to go from one room to the other, visualizing all the different details of your home design.


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Just all the other Homestyler feature, the Virtual Tour option is also completely free to use, however higher rendering qualities might require the use of the Homestyler points as currency.

– Ultra HD renderings require 5 Homestyler Points

– HD Panorama renderings require 5 Homestyler Points

– HD Aerial Renderings need 1 Homestyler Point

– HD Topview Renderings need 1 Homestyler Point


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Homestyler Points are very easy to earn: you will get 5 new Points for every day you log in Homestyler and to Points if one of your Homestyler designs gets featured in the web community.


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And thanks to our Homestyler web user Decoralinks .com for leding us her home design pictures for this blog post! Remember to go check out her amazing profile!

How to choose the right furniture for your home design

You might like different interior design styles, materials and shapes, but your home design needs to be a consistent and have cohesive final look.


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Because the Homestyler catalog has thousands and thousands of products, and you can now even add your own 3D models in our floorplanner, the choice can be certainly tough.

How to move your steps around the Homestyler catalog and decide what furniture items look best in your next home design project?


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Let's see this together.

When you first open the Homestyler furniture catalog, you will see how the items are organized in different categories.


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In this way, it will be easier for you to to find products  and accessories related to the particular room you are designing in that moment.

Additionally, you will also have the chance to have a look at our New items (the ones we just added), to the Editor's Pick (that get selected by us on a monthly basis) and the Trends (divided by color schemes).


1. Real furniture models


When you open the Homestyler catalog, the fist section you will see is the one of the Brands.

That's right, the majority of the furniture items you will see in Homestyler are 3D models of real furniture products, made by the most diverse and famous global furniture brand names.

To mention a few: IKEA, Calligaris and Wayfair… But we do have more than 200 furniture brands in catalog! So the choice can really be endless.


2. Generic Items


Together with the real furniture  models, we have prepared some additional products for you, and categorized under the name Generic – In the Brand section.

These items will come in handy when the brands don't offer the products you are looking for.

If what you need is a similar product to the one you find among our Generic options, you can still virtually stage it in your design, and get a general idea how how it will look in your room.

3. Models uploaded


One of our most recent features – And definitely among the ones we are more proud of, is the option users now have to upload up to 100 of their very own 3D models in the Homestyler floorplanner.

If you need instructions on how to do this, please have a look at our previous blog post.

How to place items


When you browse in our catalog and select an item, you will see it appearing in both 2D view and 3D view. 


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Thanks to the blue arrows around it, you will be able to resize, lift and arrange the item as much as you want. 


How to favorite your furniture


If you feel like you particularly like one of the items in our catalog, and you are willing to use it multiple times in different design, remember to "Favorite" it by clicking on the Heart right below its thumbnail, so it can appear in our special Favorite folder.

And thanks to our Homestyler web user Sweetdesign18 for leding us her home design pictures for this blog post! Remember to go check out her amazing profile!

8 things to consider when extending your home

New baby on the way? New stay-at-home work venture in the works? Or simply looking to create some more room at home? 

Whatever your reason is, extending your home is an attractive proposition for many homeowners. After all, it avoids the hassle of moving whilst offering the benefits of extra space. What’s not to like?


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This bedroom design was created by Susan Yaneyls, Homestyler floorplanner user


Well, before you get going with your decision to extend, it’s important to make sure you’ve considered everything – and I mean everything. 

You are going to end up living with your extension for many years, so you don’t want to rush into it straight away. Plan it, discuss it and then plan it again, and make sure you’ve asked yourself these eight key questions:


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This open plan design was created by Puspa ., Homestyler mobile app user


1. Does it make sense to extend?


While extending means you don’t have to move, and often costs a lot less than moving house, you have to question whether it’s a practical decision. 

If an extension spoils the property, or becomes a case of over-development, it might not make sense from a financial point of view. 

For instance, could you make your smaller rooms appear bigger by re-decorating or changing your furniture?

Building an extension is only really sensible if it adds both space and value to the property


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This open plan design was created by Rutchevelle Den Ouden, Homestyler mobile app user

2. Which materials should you use?


It can be tempting while building an extension to cut corners and save money where you can, especially on the materials. 

However, this isn’t necessarily a good idea. Depending on the overriding character or style of the house, it makes sense to match the materials to those already used in your home – although this isn’t always the case, as this article proves. 

Deciding on which materials to use will likely fall on your architect’s shoulders to look at and decide, but it’s important for you to be aware of as well. 


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This bedroom design was created by Teke Tin, Homestyler floorplanner  user


3. Is your brief detailed enough?


When choosing to extend, it’s easy to simply say ‘I want an extra bedroom’ or ‘I want to make the bathroom bigger’. Explaining to your architect what exactly you’re looking for is a lot more useful in making sure that your money is well spent. 

While you don’t have to go into architectural levels of detail, such as blueprints and to-scale models, thinking about any added benefits you would like can really help shape the architect’s design

For instance, say you are redesigning the kitchen.


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This kitchen design was created by Susan Yanelys, Homestyler floorplanner user


Ask yourself:

· Where will the light come in from?

· Should the kitchen sink be positioned where I can look out of the window?

· Would I rather see a view of my garden when I eat my dinner, or would it make sense to block that view off to create more storage space?


It’s important while creating your brief to talk openly with your architect. They will be the one with the training and expertise to discuss creative problem solving solutions to what you’re looking for. 

Why not put them to the test? Challenge their knowledge by asking practical, detailed and well-thought-out questions. 


4. Would you prefer quality or quantity?


It stands to reason that money is a key factor when building an extension, so budgeting correctly and choosing between quality or quantity is very important. 

For example, think about whether you want an extension that offers more space, but is built using lower quality materials. Or alternatively, ask yourself whether you’d prefer the opposite – a higher quality build, using better materials and a better design, but offering less space.

Rushing into an extension is a bad move so, if you have your mind set on how it should look but don’t quite have the budget to afford it, you could be left feeling disappointed.


5. Are you prepared to live through the mess?


There’s no escaping the fact that extensions are messy

They are disruptive, untidy and dusty so sometimes it’s actually easier to move out of the house and leave the builders to get on with their work. Here are some of the key advantages of doing this:

· The build is faster, saving you money

· The builders can turn off your power, water and heat – again saving you money

· The builders don’t have to spend the end of each day cleaning up, so it saves time in the long run

· It’s less disruptive if you work from home and aren’t a fan of loud building noise

· With less people in the house, there’s fewer arguments about who uses the toilet next

 

6. Are you being respectful of your neighbours?


Some extensions can have an indirect effect on your neighbours’ houses. For instance, imagine you are extending over the top of your garage, ask yourself whether this could block out the sun or view from your neighbour’s garden. 

Also, as extensions are often fairly loud, the noise could be disruptive, it’s often a good idea to discuss the extension plans with any neighbours that you think it could affect, involving them in the process and pre-warning them about any potential inconvenience. Otherwise, as this case proves, it could leave you in a pretty awkward situation. 


7. Am I getting value for money?


It is not just the money that you need to consider when building an extension, there’s also the personal cost as well. 

While the quantity surveyor is fundamentally the person responsible for calculating the overall work costs, when all said and done, you will be the one left to live with the extension


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This bedroom design was created by Carolina Gonzalez, Homestyler mobile app user


Therefore, only you can decide whether you have got value for money or not, and that depends on more than just how much money you’ve spend; it also depends on the extension’s value in terms of practicality and pleasure


8. How will the extension eventually look?


While it’s obviously vital to consider the processes involved before and during an extension’s build, you also need to think about how you want the extra space to look once it’s completed – especially from an interior design point of view. 


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This open plan design was created by Carmen Cantariño, Homestyler floorplanner user


From exposed brick walls to ceiling beams, lighting options to furniture placement, it’s important to understand exactly what you are looking to achieve from your extension

For instance, say you are building a new dream bathroom: where are you going to position the toilet and sink? Are you going to have the bathroom door swinging inwards or outwards? Is there room for a bath, shower or neither? 


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This bathroom design was created by Viviane Menezes, Homestyler floorplanner user


Building an extension is more than just walls and mortar – it’s about how you utilise the extra space. 

Consider how altering the layout of your house will impact the rest of your home, and focus your interior design choices with this in mind. 

Use our floor plan designer to help visualise how exactly your extension will look, and incorporate relevant furniture accordingly.

Hope you likes this article! Please note that this is a contribution of Annie Button – Make sure you follow her on her Twitter account for more related content: @anniebutton1994 and read her previous article on Homestyler – How to turn your garage into man cave

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