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6 Design Tricks for A Low Maintenance Home

March 14, 2018
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Are you an organised person or someone who is seeking for less clutter and less stress in their life? We have the solution for you. Here's how to design your homes that are easy to clean and maintain.

1. Opt for Grout-less Flooring

Pick flooring materials that require minimal gaps or joint lines like vinyl, parquet, or bigger tiles; leaving no room for dirt to settle. Plus, all you need to keep it clear is a broom and a damp mop.

Tips for a Low-Maintenance Home Design

interior designer: EMCS

2. Keep Walls Bare and Simple

Detailed cornices or regal French moldings on your walls are major dust collectors. With its protruding edges, they are also the perfect spot for pests like spiders to spin cobwebs on! Reduce your hassle of cleaning bumps and ends by opting for a bare wall.

Tips for a Low-Maintenance Home Design
Tips for a Low-Maintenance Home Design

Interior designer: Creative Interior Design Engineering

3. Flush Built-in To Walls

Working on the same logic as ceiling cornices, the less bumps and dents you have around a space, the lesser areas dust and dander get trap in. Constructing your built-ins like wardrobes, TV consoles or storage compartments flush to the walls and floors minimises any recesses that unwanted particles can ‘hide’ in.

Tips for a Low-Maintenance Home Design

Interior designer: Anki Law Workshop

Of course, it also means opting for closed built-ins. After all, your built-in carpentry is meant to keep your stuff away from dust, not trap it! Open shelving defeats that purpose, so consider keeping everything closed off for a less stressful cleaning experience.

Tips for a Low-Maintenance Home Design

Interior designer: Anki Law Workshop

4. Use Stain-Resistant Fabrics or Materials

Fabrics are notoriously difficult to clean. If you find yourself often wiping after spills, consider easy-to-wipe materials such as leather. However if you still prefer the cosy feel of fabric, apply stain-resistant treatment like Scotchgard or choose stain-resistant fabrics like suede.

Tips for a Low-Maintenance Home Design

Interior designer: Krispace Design Consultancy

6. Use Less Mirrors and Glass at Home

The oldest trick in the book when it comes to amplifiying or brightening small spaces is to strategically add mirror(s) or glass partitions. If you are someone who often obsesses over the need to remove fingerprints or dust on these reflective surfaces, you may want to think twice about having these at home. Instead, opt for frosted panels, a neutral colour palette, or rely on lightings to open up the space.

Tips for a Low-Maintenance Home Design

Interior designer: Space Design

6. Declutter

Less mess, less stress, and lesser things to wipe - declutter your home once in a while could result in your home looking ‘visually’ cleaner as well.

Tips for a Low-Maintenance Home Design
Tips for a Low-Maintenance Home Design

Interior designer: In'hims Interior Design


Now you can have a easy-to-clean home too!

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