Your home is your castle, and it should be the place you feel most relaxed, however, so many of us are unhappy with our current home’s style. If you’re tired of your current décor or you want to maximize the potential of your property, it’s time to overhaul your interior design. With these handy tips and tricks, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make your home better.

Living room

Combine Comfort and Style

A mistake that many make is to forego comfort for style. Think about the amount of time you spend on your furniture. The trendy style is not going to matter much if you are uncomfortable every time you sit on it. As a matter of fact, you’ll probably be aggravated on top of being uncomfortable opining over your bad choice of furniture. Fortunately, it’s possible to combine comfort and style when you choose high-quality furniture, like the Pianca line. Plush fabrics and comfort forward modern designs make it the perfect solution. 

The style and function needs to extend to every room of your home. Smart and attractive storage solutions can also seamlessly fit into your design. Don’t settle for the run of the mill styles you may have chosen in the past; be brave enough to make some bold new choices.

Breathe Life into Your Home

Your home literally becomes more comfortable by adding elements from nature. Potted greenery is a great addition to any décor. Adding plants to your vignettes always give a feeling of comfort and beauty. Studies have shown that incorporating plants into your home can boost your mood and spark your creativity. This is really important in your home office where you need to have your head in the game. Plants tend to help boost your concentration as well.

And we all know that green plants help clean your indoor air. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen which in turns helps our bodies function at peak levels. When you’re making design decisions, always incorporate live plants and flowers into the mix.

Use Feature Walls

One of my all time favorite design elements is to add a feature wall to the room. A feature wall lets you incorporate a punch of color into an otherwise boring room. If you have a bit of a nondescript room, you can use a feature wall to add texture and visual interest. A shiplap wall can give a farmhouse feel, while a faux brick wall can give a modern, industrial look. A room can truly be transformed with the addition of a feature wall.

Focus on Lighting

Do not underestimate the importance of appropriate lighting in all of your rooms. Allowing natural light into the room gives a cheerful, warm feeling to a space. It also helps save on those high energy bills. Many times natural light can take the place of overhead lights or lamps. Be selective when choosing the lighting for your rooms.

I love using bedside table lamps instead of turning on the overhead lights. I like the relaxing atmosphere generated by soft lighting. I’m sort of a lamp-a-holic! I have tons of lamps of every type. My favorites are converted oil lamps with hand painted globes. Those fit perfectly into the décor of  my 1901 Victorian home. Lighting is often times an afterthought, but it can definitely be a big part of your design.

Outdoor lighting can transform your curb appeal as well. Whether you go with a single large pendant light centered over your porch or a pretty wall mounted lantern style, it can give your home’s exterior charm and character.

Make the Most of Outdoor Space

Y’all know how much I love outdoor living. You truly can expand your living areas if you’ll incorporate a patio or deck into your home design. There are wonderful outdoor furniture sets that can be as comfortable as your indoor furniture. Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra on this furniture. If you buy good quality outdoor furniture, it will last for years with proper care. The set that sits on my wrap around porch is 13 years old. It was one of my best buys since we bought it at the end of the season and got it 75% off! Making those purchases end of season is a great way to save money.

Adding a pergola or pavilion doesn’t have to break the bank. There are kits available for under $2,000. We added one of each to our backyard this past year. The hubs and I installed them ourselves (he did 90% of the work of course). If your willing to put some work in, you can actually transform your outdoor space for not a ton of money.

Making the Most of Your Home

The bottom line is that you need to consider your home your oasis. It should be the place you want to be above all others. In these crazy days, we’re staying home more. Many of us are now working from home and sometimes feel like we never get to get away. That’s all the more reason to add pleasing style and absolute comfort in all of your rooms. All of these tips will help make your home better.

 

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