Whether you’re building your dream home from the ground up or renovating your existing space, there are a few key things you can do to create an elegant interior design that is both stylish and functional. We’ll explore how you can design an elegant interior that suits Zimbabwe’s unique vibes. From colourful culture to beautiful landscapes, let’s discover how to make your home elegant and unique.
Exploit Zimbabwean natural harmony
Zimbabwe’s landscape is primarily savanna, characterized by abundant tree growth especially during the rainy season. The atmosphere around this scenery can be extended into your internal space to create African-inspired home decor. You can do this by incorporating natural elements like stone accents on your walls, using wooden furniture in your living room, and hanging earth-tone blinds to create a rustic feel. If you love an indoor-outdoor connection, you can use open spaces and large windows to maximise natural light and ventilation.
Mood lighting is another way to create a unique atmosphere in your space. For example, you can use dimmers to give the room a cosy feel, while coloured lights can create vibrancy. Choose a lower lighting setting for warmth and allow natural light into the space. You can also use the 70/30 split rule: Divide the room into two sections, with most of the space (70%) decorated using your main style and the remaining are (30%) decorated differently. This way, your room becomes visually interesting with a mix of designs that complement the outdoor view.
Cultural richness and fusion
To create a harmonious living interior, you need balance and contrast. Combining antique Zimbabwean elements and modern amenities can help you achieve this. You can hang traditional Zimbabwean art and textiles, like Shona sculptures, batik fabrics, or beadwork, on the wall or other surfaces within the space. However, it’s important to note that most modern houses no longer use nails and drills to hold articles on surfaces because they leave marks on the wall and may even ruin the paint. So, it’s best to use click-and-fix glues which allow you to mount decorations on such surfaces without drilling and causing damage.
Incorporating woven baskets, tribal masks, and traditional furniture pieces can also help infuse Zimbabwean art and culture into the mix. To achieve contrast and harmony, you can also apply the 50/150 rule that requires you to use one paint batch 50% lighter and the other 150% darker than the base – this balance adds contrast and harmony, with the lighter shade creating a sense of space and the darker one adding depth to the room.
When designing the interior of your dream house, it’s important to consider sustainability. This will prevent your interior design from getting boring and let you easily modify things when necessary. Using an eco-friendly method, blending your space for indoor-outdoor living, choosing the right paint colour, and using sustainable themes in your design are all effective ways to achieve elegance. Another effective way to accomplish this is by changing your home decoration with the seasons. Refresh your home’s décor with the seasons by experimenting with seasonal colours, changing your blanket and pillow covers, and occasionally adding a touch of new paint.
Making your Zimbabwean home culturally rich and visually appealing
These suggestions can help you develop a visually appealing, culturally rich, sustainable interior space. However, interior design projects require a lot of patience, finance, time, and energy that you should prepare for. To ensure that your interior design dream becomes a reality, working with professionals who can help you bring your ideas to life is advisable.