A picture of a gorgeous home catches your eye. It is exactly the look you hope to achieve for your own home. But instead of simply replicating all the ideas featured in it, take a step back and envision what living with these materials or designs will be like in the long term. There are always pros and cons for each renovation detail. Here is what you need to consider before deciding on these popular interior design trends.
1. Open-Concept Layout
Pros: An open concept creates the illusion of a larger space, which also means that Wi-Fi signals travel better to all corners with lesser obstructions! And if you have kids, this layout makes it easier to keep an eye on them from wherever you are in the home.
Cons: Once all the walls are hacked, there is not much versatility when it comes to personal privacy, especially if guests or growing children prefer to have their own room.
2. Glass Panels
Pros: Compared to solid walls, glass doors and panels can open the space by allowing natural light to pass through, and offers the flexibility of a semi-open layout.
Cons: Constant wiping and cleaning is needed if fingerprints and stains bother you. As these marks are extremely apparent on clear glass surfaces, it is probably not the easiest to maintain in homes with toddlers and pets.
3. Magnetic Push Latch Mechanism
Some refer to the magnetic push latch with its onomatopoeic name tic-tac mechanism. Regardless, it is a mechanism that allows the user to open and close cabinet doors with just a simple push, similar to the mechanism behind a click ballpoint pen.
Pros: It removes the need for knobs and handles, creating a flushed surface for the cabinets that is sleek and pleasing to the eye.
Cons: Depending on the grade of the mechanism, it might not be able to endure frequent use and abuse over a prolonged period. Unfortunately, there is no other way to shut the door completely when the mechanism is worn down and faulty. This system is also not recommended for homes with toddlers as they will be able to open the cabinets easily.
4. Fanciful Ceilings
Pros: There are no limits to the types of designs you can incorporate into the ceiling – be it wainscoting, a ceiling tray or a simple round circular design. A visually arresting ceiling can add a feeling of uniqueness and grandiose.
Cons: Decorative ceiling features will cost a lot more than regular false ceilings due to the craftsmanship, electrical wiring, and special lighting. Having over-elaborate ceiling designs can create the illusion of a lowered ceiling, and cause a small home to feel even more cramped.
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