When it comes to making your house feel like a home, we all have our own personal style that we like to exude in order to get it feeling that way. That being said, it doesn’t mean that we can’t take inspiration from other sources. Sometimes we need a little nudge in the right direction or for something else to be suggested in order to realise what needs to be done to get us feeling truly at one with the space around us. So what are the recommended things to have around a house to make it feel like you’d never want to leave?
There are so many great plants which can be a welcome addition to any home. It doesn’t matter how much room you do or don’t have – there will always be one to suit your lifestyle. Succulents and cactuses are great for people who are more on-the-go and not home often enough to cater for watering them all the time. If you are looking for a statement plant to go in a lounge or dining room, monstera and zebra plants can really help to bring the room together. Not only are they good for aesthetic purposes, but they’re also fantastic at making your home just that little bit more healthy. It’s been proven that there are certain plants that make you feel happier in your day-to-day running of life, as well as the fact that they naturally purify the air in your home. Surely those are reasons enough to get some – as well as them just looking really cool.
If you know that something has seen its day in terms of fitting into your home, do both you and it a favour – and refurbish! There is so much waste that is coming out of households due to people simply changing their personal tastes. Tables, chairs and so much more get left out either for somebody else to claim them or to go straight to landfill, but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you have any metal furniture, you can get custom wytelyne powder coating to cover it to any colour that you desire. It’s something that you don’t have to worry about getting right yourself; simply send it off to a recommended company to do and wait for it to be sent back with a new lease of life. It’s especially handy for the bits that you thought were beyond help and have rusted past repair to some extent. Wooden furniture can be painted in all sorts of styles, with chalk paint being the recommended go-to for the inexperienced DIY-er. It doesn’t require for the furniture to be sanded down beforehand, and sticks quite well, adding a shabby-chic look to keep up with the trend.
There’s a lot that can be said for a new rug and a pair of new curtains. They can add so much to a room that previously wasn’t there before – a lacking of je ne sais quoi. These can be bought relatively cheap, especially if you are buying from a preloved site such as eBay or on a group from Facebook. If you are growing bored with the scheme that you have going on around you, all that needs doing usually is refreshing with new upholstery in order to bring the room back to life. This goes for your sofas, if made of fabric too; giving them a new lease of life from getting them re-upholstered can do wonders for how you feel about your home. The great thing about picking your own fabric to get it done is that it opens up so many doors to you; you can usually only get sofas and curtains in
A Calming Colour Scheme
A lot of the time, we tend to overdo it and make the rooms that we are trying to relax in way too busy for what we actually need. We want something to take away the stress from us, not overstimulate our senses. Bright colours can seem like a great way to add an energetic flair to your rooms, but if you want to truly sit and relax and make it cosy then going for a muted version of what you already have is a good idea. Don’t think that you are stifling your style by doing this; there are so many ways to get your personality into a room rather than splashing it all over the walls (quite literally). If you can’t deviate from putting a brash pattern or scheme in, try to make a feature wall so that you have somewhere to avert your eyes to when you just want to relax. If you are unsure where to start, cast your eyes to Pinterest or other interior design sites and see what colours they are recommending currently. We’re living in quite a minimalist age at the moment, so it’s best to look at the colours on the walls and how these are used to create the feeling of the room that they are in. Showrooms in stores like IKEA have been designed by top interior specialists who are employed for their colour matching skills, so taking a few hints from a place like this would only be utilising the best free advice that is available to you. It’s a no-brainer when it comes to drawing inspiration and thinking about where to get it from – why would you buy a magazine?
What You Love, All Around You
Our personality can be showed in a variety of ways, but none more so than a reflection of what we love around us in our home. Pictures of friends and family in the rooms that you and your guests most frequent can be a welcome addition, as can framed photos of concerts you have attended, places that you have visited and adored and musicians that you have followed for years. Don’t be afraid to be a bit bold with what you are framing – you can get away with anything. It could be a funny newspaper article, a flower that you have picked and dried or even a tweet that you have liked and had printed out (and yes, it does happen). This is limited to what is going to go on your walls; have what you love all around you. It doesn’t matter where it goes, as long as it makes you happy.
Cushions & Throws
If you have a sofa that has seen better days but you can’t afford to buy new or it’s past being done up, cushions can often do wonderful things. Not only can they be changed as and when to suit a colour scheme that you are trying to achieve, but different prints and patterns can be mixed and matched without being too garish. They add a really homely feel to any environment – who doesn’t love snuggling up in cushions? – and are a really cost-effective way to bring the room together. The same goes for throws; there are so many different types that you can buy, and they’re not just brilliant for decoration but have the additional benefit of being a warm alternative to put over you when the nights are getting colder. They can come in a variety of materials from crocheted wool to fleece, and the mismatch of textures can be quite a comforting sight – fortunately, this mismatch is currently very on trend, so you will also be at the height of interior fashion by doing so.
When we think of lighting in a room, we tend to focus on a big central fixture which provides us with artificial beams. Instead, we should be looking at making our house feel more homely with lots of different sources of light – and in varying shades. This can be done by the addition of lamps and mood lighting dotted around the room. You don’t need a lot of plug sockets for this to work – either get an extension lead or buy battery-operated lamps which work on solar sourced energy or the power pack that’s within them. For most of our working day, if we are working in an office, we are subject to unnatural sources of light. These come from our phones, laptops and what’s hanging above our heads in order to give us the ability to see what we’re doing. However, that’s not to say that it is good for us and our brains. In fact, it can be quite the opposite; migraines, headaches and other symptoms often come on as a result of subjecting yourself to being in light which your brain can’t process. The more natural light that you can get into your home, the better. Be it through curtains being open more, bigger windows being installed or even rooflights being fitted into rooms that require them. You will feel more benefits to your actions as time goes on, especially as the seasons change; Seasonal Affective Disorder can often be cured by adding more light into the home by any means.
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