You spend a lot of time at home, whether it’s for work or leisure. So why not make it a place you love spending time in?
Home has to be inspiring and have an ambiance that’s conducive to your personal style. Making your house a home is all about creating the right mood. Music, color schemes, and lighting all play a part in setting the stage.
A home should be designed to reflect you, and that means it’s not just about size or how many rooms there are – but also how you feel when you enter.
Your first decisions should be informed by what is within your home’s walls and what’s outside of them. How do you want to feel as you move from room to room? Do you want to travel back in time? Try using history as a starting point for decorating your walls or objects.
The difference between a house and a home is the personal touches. Those trinkets from your last holiday, a star map from your first date (check out Craft & Oak for these!), even that old rocking chair of Granny’s; personal touches are what makes a home.
Set your priorities first. Get rid of or improve what doesn’t work and make a shopping list of those things you must have.
Once you are clear on the elements, you want to include use size, color, texture, and form to create visual interest within a room. You might also want to consider investing in some lighting; a little light in bedrooms can give a sense of peace and wellbeing in the morning.
Alternatively, try using some wallpapers instead; they add a sense of drama, which can open up a room or add detail and depth.
If you are looking for a statement piece, consider an unconventional item like a chandelier – you could hang a chandelier in the kitchen or dining room and make it the focal point of that room.
If you are handy with a screwdriver, try some DIY projects. It’s amazing how much can be added to an otherwise dull space with the simple addition of some decorative items. For example, Chalkboards transform ordinary spaces into places where stories can be told with words or doodles that will become memories over time.
The best way to add detail is through personalization and finishing touches. Things like pillows, coasters, and decorative lamps can give your room an entirely new look.
Alternatively, think about how you can use color to transform a room. Be cautious, though; in the wrong area, colors can be too harsh and dull. Try to use them wisely as bright, vibrant colors can often overpower.
Using different colors in the same space also creates cohesion and balance – soft shades in one area will make it feel cozier than one with a stronger hue. Consider how you want things to feel before you incorporate color here.
You don’t have to be afraid of bold contrasts or styles with other cultures as long as they blend in harmoniously with your own style, but consider your budget here; try to keep it simple.
Don’t just stick objects in random spots; think about what would make the room look most cohesive and then buy accordingly. Think about the overall look you want to create, keeping in mind what is there already.
If you find yourself lacking a certain element, then go for a color that will tie things together visually, like furniture or accessories.
Accents should be used sparingly and in small doses.
If you are looking to add some interest and depth to a room without going overboard, try art or a new layout for some furniture.
You can also be creative by painting a wall in a bold or bright color to draw attention to an area of the room or use lighter tones if you don’t want as much ‘impact’.
Go all out with your space and select one wall in each room that is bold enough for it to be the feature wall. You could have an accent wall in another room made up of tiles with a vivid pattern or paint something like a mural on one wall.
Think about bold graphic designs instead of wallpaper and think twice before painting walls a bright color all over. This could make a room look cold and tired. Instead, use the colors of your décor pieces like the furniture to bring a warm feeling to the space.
Pick your colors wisely. If you have more than one area in the house that is used every day, then you should try to keep them from looking too similar.
Make sure they are not overly bright or harsh; if you must paint them, make sure it is different to your main spaces. Try to choose colors carefully and keep them in mind when picking furniture too.
Contrasting colors can be both striking and harmonious when taken out of context. This is because it’s about the balance of proportions. Try not to have too much contrast as the impact could be too harsh.
Context decides the style most of the time since every room has a different feel.
Think about why you want to decorate and if budget is a concern, then try to pick budget-friendly pieces. If you have more money to spend, use your pieces wisely and keep the décor simple.