We all like/ need a change every once in a while. Be it our hair or our home, sometimes, just a few changes here and there can bring a whole new lease of life to things. Now, I understand that colouring your hair isn't the same as re-decorating your house, but sometimes all it takes is changing ONE feature, and believe it or not, everything looks fresh and new.
Of course if you want to go the distance and get an entire new look and feel to your house, that's fine too. Whatever it is you're looking at doing, keep in mind these five pointers – and you won't go wrong!
I believe floors are like the backbone of a house – and I'm not talking structurally (that too, of course) but aesthetically. Because a floor or carpet gives the background colour and feel to a house, lending it character. I've always been a bit partial to wood flooring, be it solid wood, engineered wood or even a good quality laminate.
Add a striking carpet to the living area and you've got instant colour. Likewise, if you're looking to create a cosy corner in your lounge or bedroom, go for the fluffier kind of carpets.
Walls also comprise an integral part of the look of the house. Choosing your paint colour is, in my opinion, one of the toughest choices when doing up your house, because all the furniture and accessories must blend in with that colour palette.
Keep these basic tips in mind, and then go wild with colour!
- If you have a small room, use lighter colours to open it up.
- Let a feature wall add colour and character to your living room – paint it a bright shade and then accessorise it with a matching painting or photo frames. It can even become the centre-point of your living room.
- Brighten up the kids room or play room with funky colours – allow the nature of the room to dictate its colour palette
- Wallpaper is another great option to lend colour and design to any room
Most people don't plan ahead, and that can sometimes lead to a mismatch in terms of colours and decor. Have a basic theme in your head before you start a house decorating project. By that I don't mean every room should be the same colour or every room should have a feature wall. But knowing what kind of overall look you're trying to achieve can help when choosing flooring, paints and accessories.
Do you want your house to emanate class or a funky vibe? Do you want it to be chic or homely? Having that as a basis can make decisions much easier (and your house doesn't end up looking like a hodgepodge of designs and colours).
4. Have one feature that stands out
Sometimes, less if more. As is also the case with home decor. It's natural to get excited when choosing accessories and other objects for your house, but it's important to keep in mind that having everything is going to land up in nothing really standing out.
Choose one wall or corner to decorate, and let that be the main feature in the room. It will be noticed more when it contrasts with everything else in the room, rather than blending in with everything.
Alternatively, choose one piece of furniture, or a painting, or even the fireplace to accentuate. Or create a beautiful photo wall and let the pictures do the talking!
This bright yellow rocker, for instance, adds colour to my otherwise muted living room, and often becomes the talking point.
Likewise, this huge retro clock makes heads turn – it's size and location (on the centre wall of the living room) make it noticeable.
Another option is having statement bifolding doors open out into your garden or conservatory – adds a classy touch without much fuss.
5. Soft furnishings and accessories
And last but definitely not the least important are soft furnishings and accessories. This is what ultimately makes or breaks the final look of a house or room. Choose these in accordance with the basic theme and look of your house, and in conformity with the flooring and colour of the room.
And here are some great tips on how to sail through home improvements… with all the fun and less of the stress!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post but all tips are my own
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