Although simply having a roof over your head is enough of an accomplishment on its own, your house may not feel like a true home until you make it your own. Your house is an extension of you and should be the one space in the world where you feel safe, comfortable and at ease. Whether you live alone, with a partner, friends or with children, your house needs to work with you. Here are eight aspects of your house which you can design, with your lifestyle in mind, to bring in elements which will make your living space more comfortable.
Bring the outdoors in
Plants bring fresh oxygen into your home and remove toxins from the atmosphere, and make the air in your house feel purer. There are lots of health benefits to bringing the outdoors into your home, such as helping to improve your mood. Flowers will also add more color and vibrancy to your décor.
Extend the indoors out
Your garden is essentially an outdoor extension of your home, and it is important to make the most of it. Have a look at preparednessmama.com for ideas on how best to design your garden. There are endless creative possibilities, such as incorporating shapes, levels, themes, and variations of color, so don’t be afraid to go bold and be original with your creation.
Your lifestyle should be the main influence in choosing your flooring type. There are different qualities of carpet available for different purposes, depending on whether you want luxury or endurance. Hardwood floors are the most practical if you feel mess or spillages are likely to take place often.
Lighting is important to make your home feel open and welcoming. Without proper lighting, your house may start to feel cramped and cold. Spotlights are good for directing light, and feature lights can act as decoration as well as having a practical function.
Good storage solutions are important for keeping your home neat, tidy and organized. Storage can be as simple as free-standing wardrobe or chest of draws, but you can also get creative with fitted cupboards and alternative storage solutions; for example, installing draws under your stairs is an imaginative method of conserving space.
Putting up decorations can bring more life into your home. Add bold designs with paintings, wall hangings, and ornaments. Filling your home with photographs will bring old memories into the building, and add a personal touch.
Soft furnishings are the very thing you need to make space ‘homely.’ Adding bedding, cushions, throws, and curtains will bring in more comfort and extravagance, helping your home to feel more welcoming.
People often shy away from adding too much color to their houses, but if a home is too monochromatic, it can create a cold and unwelcoming atmosphere. You should try creating one feature wall in small rooms which you can wallpaper or paint a bold color to make the room feel larger.
In the end, you need to design your home around your tastes and lifestyle, to create a space where you feel relaxed and happy. By filling your house with good times and memories, it will soon begin to feel like a home.