We live in a world that has a tendency to outpace us. The constant grind is something that most of us need to give ourselves over to if we want to find success.

This dogged dedication to the craft of our choosing will often take up space in our lives, space that should be meant for the other aspects of our lives. There’s a reason that many households hire house help or they hire skilled workers to do these tasks for them. They simply do not have the time nor the energy to perform these seemingly menial tasks themselves.

One such task comes in the form of household maintenance. While it’s true that building a house is a costly venture, many people often overlook the fact that house maintenance also is a costly thing in the long run, both time-wise and money-wise.

This article is for the prudent and practical. And while there’s nothing wrong with opting for the fancier home designs such as the ones at, you cannot deny the benefits of having a low-maintenance home. Because, as we all already know, some materials decay quicker than others. Some interior design choices will cost more to maintain in the long run. After all, what’s the point of having the most exquisite interior design elements if you cannot maintain them?

So, what exactly are these easy-to-maintain interior design choices?

Size or Type of Home

A painter must always choose a canvas, and in this case, smaller homes tend to require less cleaning because there isn’t much to clean to begin with. Condominiums and townhouses are great alternatives because much of their maintenance is going to be included in your monthly fees, especially if you really want to stick with exquisite designs.

Choice of Materials

Durable materials will undoubtedly be more expensive and while they may be less aesthetically appealing, they are going to be more cost-effective and easier to maintain. Consider using brick instead of wood, or tiles instead of carpeted flooring, or as is the case with bathroom walls, use a solid material instead of tiles that collect mold and mildew.

Colors and Patterns

If you want your home to look flawless, even as the years go by, avoid using solid colors and instead opt for patterns and moderately toned colors. These will hide dirt, scratches, and scuffs better than solid colors. Solid colors such as white or black may look really good, but remember that you want your home to be low-maintenance and not necessarily pretty.

A good application for this: Using patterns instead of solid colors for your kitchen countertop will hide those stray crumbs much better.


Elaborate lighting fixtures are not only difficult to install, they are also difficult to clean as they can catch dust over the years. This is especially true with chandeliers. Consider using recessed lighting instead, especially if you still want to have a semblance of a pleasant aesthetic in your home.

Cleaning Options

We love our tech. We are currently in an age where automation is becoming more and more desirable. And while it’s true that self-cleaning fixtures are going to cost more, for the purpose of minimizing our involvement in maintenance, they are exactly what we need. A basic example of this: use a vacuum robot for places that are dirtied often, such as the kitchen or the dining area.