An Eye for Detail: Neglected Areas of Interior Design

When it comes to interior design, most people focus on the same things: colour scheme, flooring, furniture and storage options, but what are the neglected areas of interior design?

When it comes to detail, the best many people will do is add a few scatter cushions or plants to a room to liven things up a little. But there are neglected areas of interior design and home design that most people tend to neglect. Why? Well, we’re not too sure. But it’s time to rectify this situation and start paying attention to these smaller details.

They may not seem massively significant, but the overall effect they can have on a property is outstanding. So, it’s time to start making changes today. Here are a couple of areas to focus your attention on.

Doors

Doors take up very limited space. They’re not exactly the main attraction in any given room. But for those with a keen eye for design, they are a functional property feature that has so much more to offer than simply offering a means of passing from one room to another.

A good example? High-quality folding door systems. These types of doors are generally used for exterior walls, giving people access to a room and the outside world (usually the garden). They glide elegantly across the wall and open up the barrier between home and nature.

This is perfect for the summer months, when you can happily stroll in and out, or for the winter months, when you may want to remain in the warmth of indoors while basking in a little fresh air from outside. If you have a modern home, aluminium sliders and bi-folding frames are the way to go for a sleek finish. However, if you’re aiming for a more rustic look, you should favour timber frames. There’s something to suit every home, transforming the standard back door into a beautiful feature.

 

neglected areas of interior design - double doors

Coving

Many people won’t even know what the term “coving” refers to. But it’s time to find out. Not all homes have coving. It is essentially a decorative fixture in the corner where the top of a wall and a ceiling meet. This is a more old-fashioned feature in a property. However, it is something that can be added to even the most modern properties, bringing a touch of decadence and luxury to any living space.

It is generally crafted from one of three materials, each having a different resultant price. First, polystyrene. This is the cheapest option and does the job, but may well need replacing relatively soon. Next, plaster. Plaster has an attractive, smooth finish and gives a more authentic look. Finally, hardened polyurethane. This is the newcomer to the coving market, but is still affordable, lightweight, and can be fitted faster and more easily.

We currently have polystyrene coving upstairs that has been there since the house was built. I didn’t even know it was polystyrene until Jay poked a hole in it with his finger. It really does look like real wood. Since we’ve renovated, the rest of the house has new plaster coving which is more expensive but looks amazing.

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Of course, there are plenty more neglected areas of interior design. But paying more attention to these two aspects of your home alone can completely transform the aesthetic of your property. So start making improvements as soon as possible. The results will definitely be worth the time, effort and investment.