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We like to think that every article on Freshome has a little “best of” integrated within. But we know how much you enjoy design lists, so we created a category especially for them. There is a little bit of each section on our site represented in the fascinating lists below. It is here that you will find a large dose of inspiration, condensed in the most popular posts on our website based on your Facebook shares (published on a monthly basis), or in the “30 ways-on-how-to” articles which we guarantee you will love.

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Why Green Architecture Is The Perfect Investment for Your Home

  • Not all sustainable homes are ultra-modern. This traditional exterior is LEED-certified. Image Via: William Johnson Architect
  • Installing a few solar panels will drastically reduce your heating and cooling costs. Image Via: Mary Prince Photography
  • Sustainable homes tend to feature tons of natural light since its a great source of Vitamin D. Image Via: WA Design
  • Focus on using reclaimed materials in your exterior. This cutie uses bark and barn wood. Image Via:  Christopher Kellie Design Inc.

We all want to help the environment – or at least we know we should – but when it comes to actually implementing sustainable practices, the task often seems too daunting. Green architecture, in particular, has been given the unfortunate reputation of being too difficult and costly to implement in your own home. However, this […]

Why You’ll Fall In Love With The Green Architecture Trend

  • Sustainable residences are a smart choice for investors with a tight bottom line. Image Via:  BcDc (B. Costello Design & Consulting, LLC)
  • Embrace green thinking to help preserve views like these. Image Via: Carlos Delgado Architect
  • Recycled wooden siding can fit a variety of tastes while still being sustainable. Image Via: Morgan Howarth Photography
  • Solar panels and key lights are two ways that you can naturally lower your utility bills. Image Via: Schrader & Companies

A few decades ago, the concept of sustainable architecture was reserved for a small niche market. No one outside of the most diehard nature-fanatics would have given it a second thought, much less sought out ways to make their own homes more eco friendly. Today, however, it seems exactly the opposite. Companies are chomping at […]

Why Our Brains Love Symmetry in Design

  • Use balance to help bring a luxurious touch to your interiors. Image Via: James Rixner, Inc.
  • Balance is especially important in spaces where you want a restful feel. Image Via: Terrat Elms Interior Design
  • Rotational symmetry will lend an intimate feel to your dining table. Image Via: Moeski Design Agency
  • Don't be afraid to tweak your furniture placement to make them appear more harmonious. Image Via: Fanny Zigdon Interiors

We all know an example of good interior design when we see it. In fact, most of us can make that judgment almost instantly. Have you ever wondered why that ability seems to come to us so instinctually, even though we may not be professional interior designers? It all has to do with symmetry, or […]

10 Questions to Consider in Your Apartment Search

  • Do you have the qualities that landlords want in a renter? Image Via: Josie Wilson
  • Use these questions to find an apartment that fits your lifestyle. Image Via: Marie Burgos Design
  • Make sure you know what the monthly cost will be. Image Via: Mikel Irastorza
  • Always read the lease thoroughly before signing. Image Via: Drew McGukin Interiors

A lot of new renters assume that searching for an apartment is simple. You just search for available spaces online, pick the best looking one in your price range, and sign a lease, right? While being that laid-back with your search might help you move into a new apartment sooner, you may find yourself in […]

The Psychology of Achieving Balance In Interior Design

  • Reflective symmetry is believed to have the biggest positive effect on your senses. Image Via: René Dekker Design Limited
  • Build symmetry around your bathtub to add balance. Image Via: Passacantando Architects AIA
  • Asymmetrical elements can be as big as statement furniture or as small as table decorations. Image Via: Abramson Teiger Architects
  • Focus on giving each room at least one symmetrical element. Image Via: Just Perfect! Home Staging + More

Interior design is about so much more than sense of style. We’ve already talked about your design choices are influencing your subconscious, but that’s just scratching the surface. Even the way that you employ symmetry in your home has an impact on your psyche. Does it seem like a stretch to say that proper furniture […]

How Architects Design For An Aging Population

The growth in the number of adults  65 years and older will double over the next 25 years. This statistic creates a demographic that is unprecedented in America’s history, as stated in The State of Aging and Health in America. What happens when 20% of the population is elderly? What are the consequences of this […]

How To Make Your Roof Last For Decades

  The knowledge that you get to come home to a roof over your head is one of the most rewarding parts of being a homeowner. The knowledge that you’ll eventually have to replace that roof, however, is often one of the most daunting. With roof replacement costs averaging nearly $34,500, according to the 2014 […]

10 Reasons You Should Use Sustainable Building Materials

Do you really know the true definition of sustainability? It is a trendy word that is often tossed about, but the real definition may be lost at times. Merriam Webster dictionary refers to the meaning of sustainable as, able to be used without being used up or destroyed; methods that do not completely use up or […]

Why Our Brains Love Luxurious Interiors

Luxury. The word even feels nice rolling off your tongue. There’s something so clean and crisp about it. Perhaps it’s the way that the simplest mention instantly conjures up mental images of sprawling mansions, designer collections, and sleek cars. Reality is, everyone loves lavishness, especially when it comes to interiors. The proof is all around […]

10 Design Lessons You Can Learn From Scandinavian Interiors

You may be surprised to hear that the beauty of the Scandinavian design movement wasn’t fully recognized until the 1950’s. Since then, this minimalist European design has brought acclaim to many prominent and noteworthy Scandinavian designers who have made a global mark by creating unique furnishings and housewares. While some may immediately think of the primary […]

Why Houses Are Getting Smaller

Are you one of the millions who have down-sized in recent years? If you are, what made you decide to move into a smaller home? Was it financial motives that lead to your decision, or just the fact that you no longer required a home full of rooms that collect dust and never get used? […]

30 Classic Home Library Design Ideas Imposing Style

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin Owning a home library conjures up feelings of excitement as well as promises of comfort, privacy and growth. Imagine walking in to find an almost forgotten world, where light, furnishings and scented books hold the collective key to […]

How Your Interior Design Is Influencing Your Subconscious

Usually when we discuss interior design, we talk about the aesthetic aspects – how to achieve a specific look, which decorating style you should emulate, new design trends that you should check out. That’s only one piece of the puzzle. An area that’s not always taken into consideration is the philological effect of interior design […]

Why Our Brains Love Colorful Interiors

What’s the first thing you notice when you walk into a new room? The colors. Whether your reaction is positive enough to make you think, “I have to remember to ask her what palette she used” or negative enough to have you leave you saying, “I don’t know what he was thinking”, we’re bound to […]

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