How to Make Your Home More Stylish
y Sadira Sittampalam
Your home is where you spend the majority of your time. Thus, it goes without saying that you’d rather like to live in a place that looks beautiful than a plain place. So while there are a lot of choices that go into creating a beautiful home, there are a few tips and tricks that may help you get the most out of your home in terms of style and beauty. You may be surprised to see that just a pop of colour or simply adding a little texture makes a world of difference; giving your house a personality that will end up transforming your space into what is a reflection of your most stylish self.
Focus on colour
While a neutral house with lots of whites and greys might be appealing to the minimalist in you, there is something about a splash of a certain bold colour that makes a room feel all the more special. You should take a look at what you already have in each room in your house and make note of the dominant colours. Thus, if you notice that your bedroom is full of earthy tones and a lot of wood-based objects you could consider adding some green colours to your room in the form of new bedsheets or new curtains.
You could also go with adding a very contrasting colour such as orange to a room that has primarily blues and greens. This step is probably the easiest way to make every room in your house feel instantly fresh and new - but remember not to overdo it too much, as too many colours only serve to confuse and distract the eye. A bonus colour tip is to paint your ceilings (this works especially well with high ceilings), as this draws the eye up and adds more interest in every portion of your house.
Add accessories to every room
Experimenting with accessories and various objects is another easy way to add beauty to your home. These objects will find their homes in the empty spaces in your house, helping pull your rooms together in a way that will ideally feel cohesive and put together. Again, this is why when decorating your home, you always need to take a step back and look at whether the space feels too cluttered.
These knickknacks should help make the room fit together more - not make everything feel claustrophobic and excessive. You should pick objects that you have a connection to and things that bring you joy so that whenever you see it, it will instantly boost your mood. It will also make your house feel homier.
Plants, plants, plants!
If you ask any experienced home decorator, they will tell you that one of the best ways to beautify a room is to add some greenery or florals. You shouldn’t wait for someone to buy you flowers to bring out your vase, you should always have a few fresh flowers in there to energise the room, or you can even just get some good looking fake ones if you can’t keep up with the maintenance.
Studies have shown that flowers and greenery help boost your mood, enriches memory and even increases social contact, so try and add some to every room in your house. Don’t be afraid to fill all those empty nooks and crannies with a classy vase of orchids or whatever else strikes your fancy.
This tip is also pretty useful for anyone who has a pretty small home, as there is no better way to make any room look bigger than using a mirror. Decorating with a mirror is a simple and stylish way to make any room feel lighter, larger, and more open.
If you place a large mirror either directly across or diagonal from your window, so that it can reflect the light (both natural and artificial), it will also add more light into your space which makes the room look larger. Mirrors also come in so many different sizes and shapes, there are so many ways you can use them to benefit the look of a certain room. You can even use them as the centerpiece of a room rather than a big painting, as there are many gorgeous frames that you can choose to accompany mirrors.
Embrace natural light
Natural light is one of the effortless ways to make your house more calming and open. So if you have it, flaunt it as much as possible. Floor to ceiling windows is one of the most stylish things you can have in a house as it allows for an enormous amount of light to shine through into your house, illuminating the space in a warm yellow haze.
These also allow you to get some nice long curtains which add to your house’s aesthetic as well. So if you can afford to get them, you should consider it. However, for those of us with a smaller budget, you should just ensure that you are not blocking out any of your windows and ensure that they have a prominent place in the arrangement of every room. Furthermore, curtains make all the difference as finding the right shades can transform the look and feel of the room instantly.
Curtains also help if you need to block out light that shines in pretty harshly at certain times of the day, especially if it makes it unbearable to do anything in that particular room with a spotlight of sunshine blinding you - as while the light is beautiful, everything stylish in your house should still be practical.
Something that people always forget with designing is that you need to have a varied amount of textures. From throw pillows to big furry rugs, textiles help break up a room from being all the same boring textures and add visual interest. Textures make a room look a lot more adventurous as there is so much to explore and feel - I mean who doesn’t love a super soft rug to run your feet on? You should try and favour natural fibres’ as those are the ones with a stronger appeal and adds a lot of depth to space. You can also play with some creative wall hangings, baskets, and different types of patterns.
Reduce the clutter
This step is a pretty obvious one, but for every item in your house, you need to identify whether it has a purpose by being showcased. If it doesn’t, just store it away in a cupboard. While accessorising is necessary to make your house feel homey and complete, too many accessories are just as bad as not enough because it starts to feel very crowded.
You need to also make sure that daily there aren’t any random objects or items that pile up on your shelves or counters, as without clutter everything looks a lot larger and more inviting. So in every room in your house, find ways to hide or get rid of unnecessary things and this will overall help you create a sense of beauty in your space.
Update your tiles
Your bathroom and your kitchen both likely have tiles which are actually a lot more important to the beauty of your house than you’d think. They make those spaces feel more cohesive if done right. So if you feel like your kitchen or bathroom is lacking in the style department, the first thing to think about is your tiles. You can spice them up with a different design that is more eye-catching from the standard tiles. The thing to remember is to make sure it will fit with the rest of your kitchen design. If it works, it will allow the rest of the design of the room to shine.