How To Assess The Quality Of Interior Décor Elements
Different people have different expectations when it comes to the look and feel of their home’s interior décor. For some, simple décor is sufficient. For others, extravagant pieces are essential to make a statement. However, irrespective of what elements people like to spruce up their homes, they are bound to agree on the concept of quality.
No one likes spending on decorative items that won’t last, especially as they cost large sums of money. Similarly, interior décor is meant to be an investment that increases the appeal, function, and value of a property. But if elements like the furniture, carpet, and paint don’t meet quality standards, they won’t last long, and before you know it, you’ll have to repurchase them, which is certainly going to set you back significantly.
To help you determine the quality of a few main interior décor elements before you invest in them, the experts at Parsons Interiors Ltd. have explained a few hacks. Below we have listed three basic aspects of home décor and how to assess their quality. Following our tips will not only help you save money but also invest in timeless pieces.
1. Solid wood furniture
When looking at wooden furniture for your home, make it a point to know what species of wood it is, check if it is hardwood or softwood, and where the wood is from. It will also do you good to remember that hardware is not as necessary as the quality of the piece overall because it can be easily changed if you do not like it.
The most important factor you need to consider while looking for furniture is its construction as some construction methods are sturdier than others. Avoid products with nails and glue because they’re not as sturdy as those with joints like dovetail or tongue-and-groove. Usually, furniture joined by glue and nails is an indicator that the quality is poor and not likely to last as long as furniture with a stronger joint.
At the same time, the quality of wooden furniture you’re considering shouldn’t look flimsy or wobble. You’ll know if a furniture piece is made from solid wood when you don’t see any veneer, and the material is the same throughout. Also, don’t forget to ask your salesperson if they provide a warranty, and cover you if something breaks or goes wrong while using their furniture in your home. If they do, you’ll know that they stand by the quality of their products.
While paint may seem like a simple aspect of interior décor, it has quite a significant impact on the aesthetics of your home’s interiors. As a result, you need to choose good quality paint to ensure the beauty of your home lasts for a long time. To ensure you select the perfect paint for your house, you need to verify how much coverage you get from a single can of paint. Next, you need to check its durability, if it is environmentally friendly, and within your budget.
When testing paint, remember that its sheen will determine its cleanability rather than its quality. High gloss and matte paint can both have the same quality, but walls that have high gloss paint will be easier to clean.
On the other hand, paints that use pigments like titanium dioxide are better than those that use clay or silica. But, paint with titanium dioxide is generally more expensive as it is a better quality pigment. If you’re searching for the right color, look for paint with titanium dioxide and Volume Solids of 35% to 50%. Volume Solids of less than 30% is an indication that it’s not a good quality paint.
If you are struggling with which color to choose for your house, you can check the Technical Data Sheet (TDS) for the paint color you’re interested in. But, if you’re still unsure of what paint to buy, ask a paint professional what the best option for you is.
In case you’re looking for environmentally friendly paint, select a product with zero or low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Paint with VOCs emit toxic elements that can be dangerous to your health and the environment.
Another significant element of décor is a carpet. But to ensure it doesn’t look tacky in your house and lasts a long time, you need to check what type of carpet it is and what material it is made from. You must also check its face weight, density, and padding.
While there are carpet materials that are better suited for some applications over others, nylon is the most common type of carpet today. Despite this trend, remember to select your carpet material based on your needs as every material has its pros and cons. Usually, considering where and how you use the carpet will help you determine the best quality material for you. If you aren’t sure what type of carpet is best for your environment (for example, basement, high-traffic area, etc.), ask your salesperson for help, and what the warranty is for the carpet you are considering. If you need a durable carpet, you must look for a higher face weight that is at a carpet density rating of at least 2,900 to ensure it lasts. The fiber twist value will also be higher.
For tips and tricks on how to choose high-quality interior décor, reach out to Parsons Interiors Ltd. We are certified interior decorating and design professionals serving Oakville, Mississauga, and the GTA, and we specialize in sprucing up homes. We enhance the beauty and comfort of your home with quality furnishings, personalized for your needs and budget.