Top 5 trendy interior design styles for apartments.

Spring is just around the corner. In just over two weeks we will be entering a season characterised by new life and change. An impactful way to materialise this yearly shift into your own life is by simulating a new beginning in your own house, simply by switching up the interior design style of your home environment. The effect of interior design goes far beyond aesthetic value. The atmosphere created through the specific ways colour scheme, furniture design and lighting choices interact with one another has been proven to directly influence our mood and demeanour. Our previous article, 2022 Colour Trends, explores how specific colours and hues can directly evoke certain emotions. In this way, changing the current design style of your interior may not only be a fun spring activity, but also a great way to nurture the mindset you wish to embody when transitioning into this new chapter of 2022.

Although interior design is important in all home environments, it can have a significant impact and be particularly effective in apartment spaces with less square footage. Interior styles can be designed to transform a space, for example to make it appear larger or to establish different ‘sections’ within an open plan layout. Mixing styles in different areas can also create a very exciting dynamic and help avoid monotony as you move throughout the space.

Top 5 trendy interior design styles perfect for apartments.

The following 5 interior design styles are of course not an exhaustive list, but they do undoubtably make up some the trendiest design styles of the moment. At the end of this article you will find AKKA’s Interior Design Style Guide, which you can download , our spring gift to you! The guide features 9 iconic design styles, only some of which are mentioned here.

art deco interior design style

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The Art-deco style originated in France 100 years ago and became iconic when it arrived in America in the 1920s. It is characterised by the use of plush material like velvet as well as gorgeous marbles and brass finishes which create an undeniably luxurious atmosphere. This ornate style is based on symmetry and is composed using strong geometric patterns and shapes. This could be the perfect style for you if you are drawn to rich dark colours such as deep greens, blues, purples and blacks. If you enjoy these darker hues but have concerns about the space becoming too heavy, you may wish to opt for a more modern approach to the art deco style, where bright light palettes are accented with pops of bold colour instead.

industrial interior design style

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If you live in a city like Amsterdam, where a lot of old industrial heritage buildings have been converted into residential apartments, you could embrace that with an industrial style. You could choose to highlight this aspect even more by choosing warm tones and wood, exposed brick and steel to convey an unfinished yet put together raw look to your space. You could even choose to not conceal cabling and wiring. Often this can be used as an eclectic theme for your home. Abstract art on the walls, further enhances this style. Dark furniture, black grills for your windows and Edison bulbs are other elements you could choose if this is the style that calls out to you.

rustic interior design style

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There are several variations of the rustic style, including Tuscan, costal, cottage and modern rustic1. Whichever you lean toward depends on the desired atmosphere you wish to achieve in your home, but what they all share in common is the feeling of natural beauty. This style is ideal for lovers of nature who wish to bring the outdoors in. A strongly characteristic material of the rustic style is raw wood which features well as ceiling beams and/or as trim around windows and fireplaces. If you wish to incorporate metal features into your rustic interior, opt for non-shiny, potentially repurposed materials. Incorporating lots of rugs and limiting the access of natural light will create a cosier ‘log-cabin’ atmosphere whereas exposed floors and large windows will provide an airy, outdoor feeling.

scandinavian interior design style

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The Scandinavian interior style includes a lot of natural light, minimalist yet modern furniture and basic colour palettes, including a lot of blacks and whites and accent colours. If this is your style, choose cozy muted colours such as off whites, sepias, deep maroons and browns, and materials such as wood and leather. Since this style focuses mainly on creating cozy and comfortable interiors with small pops of colours. Mix soft rugs, linen sheets, wool blankets, and accent cushions in your space. Multiples of graphic paintings on the walls, abstract bedside lights and candle stands, metal finishes and ceramic vases help throw the whole look together.

mid century modern interior design style

If you are inspired by the styles of the 1950-60s, Mid Century Modern could be the style for your home. Opt for easy-to-use contemporary de- signs that mainly focus on functionality. Abstract and organic shapes both works well with this style, so you could choose to go for clean lines and/or curved forms. You could pick asymmetrical geometric patterns for the decorative items in your space such as rugs, paintings, and wallpaper. Metals, plywood and medium toned colours such as browns are good choices for this style. Experiment with round globe lights, pendant lights, or even brass fixtures, to have a perfect mid-century modern space.

As mentioned earlier mixing interior design styles can prove incredibly useful for creating a desired effect without making any significant structural changes in the space, such as constructing or demolishing walls for example. However when curated without design sensitivity, the space does then run the risk of appearing fragmented or chaotic, or too rigid, or even impersonal like something out of a magazine but that lacks your personal touch. This is why we would always recommend to only use known interior design styles as a starting point to then find your own unique take or combinations.

Some of the styles featured in our 2022 interior design style guide, such as Traditional and Scandinavian for example, would prove challenging to make coherent in proximity to one another. If you are someone who is drawn to the unique possibilities of combining design styles to craft an exciting living experience, but you are unsure how to create the perfect balance in combining different styles, we highly recommend you get an architect or interior designer on board for your project. They will provide the expertise you need to design a space which is unique but still well-designed, functional and aesthetically coherent.

If you need advice on interior design styles or are planning on building or renovating your home and would like some help, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.

AKKA Interior Design Guide

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Renovation Permits: Which application is right for you?

Home renovation permits are not necessary for all renovation projects. Whether the project in question requires a permit or not depends on certain aspects, such as location or the need for structural changes for example. Relevant alterations may include things like the demolishing of a load-bearing wall or building a skylight which requires a new opening1. If you are undertaking a project which you know is going to require these types of structural changes, you will need to submit a permit application to your local municipality. The purpose of doing so is to ensure that your renovation plans are in accordance with local building codes and ordinances, a process which helps guarantee that all structures are safe and consistent.2

There are two different approaches to gaining permit approval: a final application or a draft application, which is then followed by a final one. Which you opt for should take into account your unique circumstances as well as personal preferences and priorities. In this article we outline the process of both and highlight the main pros and cons of each. By the end of this read, you should have a better idea about which permit application is best to pursue for your project.

By the end of this read, you should have a better idea about which permit application is best to pursue for your project.

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Final Application vs. Draft Application

A draft application involves submitting a proposal which will receive feedback from the municipality, based on which you would then submit your final application. On the other hand a final application is either approved or rejected. Rejection results in having to submit another application, therefore doubling the cost. It is important to know that these applications cost money, a price which tends to increase with the price of the construction project.

The Pros: Final vs. Draft Applications
  • Final: If the final application gets approved, it means you can get to work right away. Even if the final application is ‘rejected’ but only due to minor changes, the municipality will usually provide a deadline of a couple of weeks to fix the drawings and send them back with the changes incorporated. This process does not involve the need for a new application. Final applications usually take less time to get approved so can save a great deal of time.
  • Draft: If you are considering changes that are not straight-forward, a draft application is very useful to test what the municipality’s flexibility is towards the interventions you would want to make with the project. Different municipalities judge certain interventions in different ways, and vary in strictness about the ways to implement them. Importantly, a draft application approach guarantees one overall payment, even if the municipality’s advice is very different from what you submit in the first draft application.
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The Cons: Final vs. Draft Applications
  • Final: If the municipality’s feedback is major, the final permit can get rejected, this is obviously not ideal. In this case the design needs to be reviewed, reassessed and changed in ways to incorporate the feedback. Usually these kinds of changes cannot be completed within 2 weeks, meaning a second permit application would need to be submitted. This would require more time and double the cost. This is when the draft application would have been useful.
  • Draft: Starting with a draft application can be a longer process in total, as it suggests more than one application will have to be drawn up, submitted and approved. The review process of the municipality can take 6 to 8 weeks, which can cause undesirable delays. Also, a draft application may not be as flexible as it sounds. Despite being a draft, this application must show everything you intend to do right away and in details. If you wish to add significant changes later down the line, they will require their own permit application.

In conclusion, with all factors considered, the type of permit application you opt for depends mostly on the scale of the intervention you are intending on. The main risk with the final application is that if rejected, or requires too many changes, there will be a need to apply for a second permit, therefore doubling the cost and taking as long as the draft application procedure. Therefore, roughly speaking, a final permit application is recommended for standard interventions, and a draft permit application is recommended for unusual or major interventions.

It is very important to keep in mind that municipalities have different regulations to determine whether you need a permit for a certain intervention or not. They are not always consistent between cities, or even between projects. Therefore it is critical to be well informed on the specific localities of your project. The legal requirements of remodelling are important for avoiding complications, and ensuring the process doesn’t become overwhelming. Acquiring the advice of a professional architect usually helps provide a sense confidence and reassurance throughout the all aspects of the project process, from start to finish, not to mention that an architect will have to take care of creating all the drawings and documents required by the municipality in a permit application.

If you need advice on renovation permits or are planning on constructing or renovating your home would like some help, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.

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