If you’re like most homeowners, you want to turn your home’s interiors into a beautiful and relaxing place to live. That means all your home repairs and renovation efforts will be geared towards achieving that. But there’s one thing many homeowners overlook until it’s too late, and that is maintenance and cleaning. After designing your beautiful living space, how easy it is to clean that space will determine how easily you can maintain it. So, before you commit to any interior design project, ask yourself how you’d like to clean, manage and maintain your home. And if you don’t want constant maintenance or cleaning issues, consider the following design ideas to make your home easier to maintain.
1. Install low-maintenance windows
The windows, they say, are the eyes of a house. And if eyes are windows to the soul, then your home’s windows show the soul of your home. That makes sense, right? As beautiful as your home’s windows may look, they will lose their value and effect if you can’t maintain or keep them clean over time. A dirty and poorly maintained window can quickly devalue your home and give outsiders the wrong impression of your interior, so keep this in mind. So, if you’re considering replacing your current windows, find a local window replacement service that will install easy-to-clean and low-maintain windows that add to your home’s aesthetics.
2. Create a kitchen hideaway
If you often use your everyday kitchen appliances like your blender, kettle, toaster, etc., then you probably have a permanent and convenient place for them on top of your kitchen counter. String them in kitchen cabinets and cupboards to keep them tidy can be a lot of work, especially if you use them more than once daily.
If you’re worried about dust collecting on these appliances on your kitchen counters (and hate cleaning your cleaning counters every day), consider creating a kitchen hideaway for them. A kitchen hideaway can be in the form of a pigeonhole built into your counter. And all you have to do is slide your appliances into it when you’re done using them. And pull them out when you need them.
3. Consider elevated furniture
If you’re still shopping for the right sofa or side table for your home, why not consider options with elevated designs? An elevated design here means furniture with legs long enough to lift them off the floor. This way, you wouldn’t have to worry about lifting your couch or sofa when you need to vacuum your home.
You can even find cabinets with designs that allow them to be fixed to the walls, giving the appearance of levitating above the floor. That makes it very easy to clean the spaces beneath them. And if your current vacuum cannot slide under furniture pieces, consider investing in smaller robotic vacuums.
4. Opt for the right paint finish
If you have kids that like to scribble on the walls or messy pets at home, you know the damage they can do to your walls. You may prefer having brighter wall colors, but these will be very difficult to clean and maintain in this case. So, reconsider your ideal paint finish.
For example, you’ll want to avoid matte paint finish, as they make it difficult to get crayon marks and smudgy fingerprints on the walls.
Instead, consider an eggshell finish and glossy paint finishes, as they are easy to wipe clean. You can also select wall colors that do not stain easily, whether you opt for paints or wallpapers. And if your little ones love using crayons, you should buy them easily erasable ones.
5. Choose the right flooring solution
The floor is the easiest part of your home to get dirty, whether from footprints, spills, or dust. So you want to install a flooring solution that wouldn’t give you a headache when you have to clean. There are some options you can try. For example, you can consider installing stained concrete with protective non-porous sealing that makes it easy to wipe or clean. You can also opt for luxury vinyl tiles or polished hardwood floors, as they are comparatively easier to mop or sweep.
Consider installing parapet tiles if you need a comfortable wall-to-wall rug in your living room or bedroom. Not only are they easy to clean, but you can also remove and replace them quickly, as they come in very small sizes. They’re available in various designs and textures; you can combine them in any order you prefer.