If time and effort spent cleaning your home is key, evaluate and change your interior. Ease of cleaning is often a question of certain (but not always terrible) compromises in interior design. We asked practicing designers and architects to tell us how to create a living space that’s easy to keep clean.
The three most important factors governing a tidy interior
- Choosing your style and decorating details wisely.
- Choosing the right materials (including finishes).
- A small amount of carefully chosen furniture and decorations (especially small items).
Which style should I choose?
1. Fewer details
If you want to make your home look as neat and tidy as possible, you’ll want to skip all the options that require a lot of fine details. Such as interior styles, which are often accompanied by complex mouldings, skirting boards, cornices, fronts and other intricate details.
The same applies to high-tech with intricate under-ceiling lighting. “It’s better to minimise the voluminous finishes on the walls. And don’t provide light cornices and boxes that shine onto the ceiling.
2. Easier access
When planning your layout and storage solutions, make sure that there are as few hard-to-reach areas as possible, which also require extra effort to clean like duct cleaning. There are services in Waterloo that may help you with this. But if you do that by yourself, imagine taking down (washing, ironing) and hanging the curtains again in a double-hung window, and they collect a lot of dust.
Which materials are easy to maintain?
Choosing the right materials for floors, walls and furniture fronts can save a lot of time and effort. Let’s start with the colours.
1. A light floor
Dark floors are a beautiful solution. However, dark surfaces (even parquet and tiles rather than carpets) show dirt much better than light-coloured ones. Tip: Choose medium or light-coloured options with a matt surface and, optionally, a pattern.
2. Preferably smooth, no embossing.
Tiles in greyish hues (possibly imitating natural materials) would work well for hallways. However, the relief of the pattern, if any, should be low – otherwise dirt will inevitably clog up and have to be painstakingly removed.
3. No hassle with matt surfaces
The kitchen is one of the most used areas of your living space. If you’re not a fan of cleaning, opt for a glossy, high gloss surface that makes your kitchen look bigger and matt, which is excellent for hiding fingerprints, while matt finishes are a good choice.
4. Don’t buy fussy materials
Capricious and tricky options include leather floors and wall panels, copper baths and sinks, mirror and metal tiles, onyx floors, countertops and window sills made from certain types of marble, and fur. If you want to save time on cleaning, opt for something else or you may need to fix your furniture (you may call (877) 999-6362 for that) due to wrong cleaning.
5. Use your common sense.
Deciding whether materials are appropriate for the space in question is an important consideration. For instance, it would be strange to put Venetian plaster in the kitchen’s cooking area and expect it to be maintained comfortably.
6. Buy with the option to repaint what cannot be washed
Choosing washable finishes (such as paint, wallpaper or decorative wallcoverings) for your walls means you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches in the future. You can refresh the colours and look of your interior once in six months, and in case of stains that cannot be washed you can be saved by the remedial can of paint.
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