5 Functional Home Decor Ideas

5 Functional Home Decor Ideas

A nice home feels cozy, welcoming and smells good. But a real home tends to become cluttered and messy the second day after you cleaned out every room and made a solemn promise you’ll keep everything neat and tidy. It’s impossible to keep everything looking perfect at all times, but we must admit it feels amazing when you get home and there are not dirty dishes in the kitchen sink or dirty clothes on the floor. In this context, functional home décor plays an essential role. Most of us usually go for whatever looks fancy or whatever matches the rest of the furniture. But if you want to minimize the amount of cleaning you put into your house on a weekly basis, you might want to invest in a few pieces of home decor which are functional, not only appealing.

1. Goodbye plastic bags, hello organized drawers

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We could all be found guilty of this nasty habit. We keep most of our groceries, vegetables and other foods either in paper bags or plastic bags. Sometimes, they’ll end up in a corner of the refrigerator, forgotten, where they are bound to rot. One of the most helpful and functional home furniture ideas is to incorporate special shelves or drawers in your kitchen cupboards for storing vegetables, bread or other goods. You can create as many shelves as you need, dedicating each one of them for different sections. This will keep your kitchen counter top clean at all times and you’ll have all the ingredients you need for making a soup or preparing dinner right at your fingertips. Use this technique to hide away cutlery, crockery and even kitchen appliances. Ever looked at your microwave, toaster, blender or dishwasher and wished you didn’t need all of those because they take up so much space and make your kitchen feel stuffy? Play around with this idea and hide the microwave behind closed drawers, especially if you only use it once in a blue moon. Next time you’ll want to microwave a bag of popcorn, simply open the drawer and turn on the oven.

2. Concealed washing machines

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This is a brilliant functional house décor solution if you can’t find any other room in your house for your washing machines. Of course, the ideal solution is to have a whole room dedicated to washing machines, ironing and drying clothes. But since we can’t all afford this luxury, we have to make do with what we have. If you’ve got generous cupboards in your kitchen, you can implement this system and no one will know there is actually a washing machine hidden in the cabinet. The best thing about this technique is that the handy placement of the washing machines makes for an easy water evacuation system. Therefore, you won’t spend ridiculous amounts of money on special plumbing procedures or making unnecessary changes to the plumbing system in your house. You can also conceal your fridge and freezer in a similar way. If you’re going for a minimalist décor in your kitchen, you’ll be surprised to find out this is a technique employed by many home designers. You can think outside the box and hide everything behind cabinet doors: dish washer, boilers or any other large appliances.

3. Ingenious space maximizer

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According to the way you look at functional home décor, you can find sundry clever solutions to maximize space. This trick is especially useful if you live in a crammed studio that barely has enough space for a bed and a wardrobe. Take a step back and look at any empty, unused nooks and crannies. What home décor furniture could you fit in there that will maximize the space and help you declutter your room? Use suspended shelves for extra room and you’ll have a neat looking, unique piece of furniture in your home. For example, this shelf was placed under the staircase to take advantage of the unused space. It’s not only a nifty idea, it also adds a lot of personality to the room, making everything look cozier and more welcoming. It’s unlikely to find a piece of furniture that will fit like a glove in a tiny space in your apartment. However, you can hire a carpenter and work on a unique design together. This way, you’ll create a piece of functional home décor that will suit your needs and meet all your expectations.

4. Out of use, out of sight

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Kitchens are often small and crammed, so any extra space is valuable. When it comes to extra tables, the best solution is to add wheels to the legs of the table so you can easily tuck it away when you’re not using it. This easy trick is very functional and frees up a lot space for when you don’t have guests for dinner or when you’re not baking dozens of muffins. If you decide to carry out this idea, it makes for a great DIY project for the whole family over the weekend. You don’t need many utensils and you can personalize the piece of furniture to perfectly fit the main table in the kitchen. Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to the kitchen. This home décor idea is easy to accomplish in the living room, the bedroom and even the bathroom. The wheels add a lot of functionality and versatility, freeing up space within seconds.

5. Extravagant wall décor

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I must admit, this functional home decor  idea had never crossed my mind before, but looking at the picture it seems like such an easy and brilliant idea. We all have empty walls in our house that could be used for other purposes than hanging paintings. If you have one too many bikes, but you don’t want to give them up, you can buy a bike wall mount. It will make for a striking wall décor and it will free up your hallway, your balcony or your kitchen. If you’re uneasy about leaving your bike outside overnight, but there’s really no room for your bike in your studio, this can be the perfect idea that combines functionality and good looks.

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Harry worked as an economist for about 8 years after graduating from a college degree in the field. After a while, his sales department job slowly transitioned to becoming more of a professional reviewer of various consumer electronics.
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