As we head towards another new year, is the interior in your home looking a bit drab and tired? It may be time for a refresh. However, it is one thing to merely decide that you want to change things in your home and another to actually put those plans into action. Are you struggling to settle on the things you need to change and into what? We’re here to help. In the following post we will look at some great tips, five to be exact, that will help you refresh that interior design in your home that has seen better days.
Consider the Style You Want
When switching things up in your home, it is always a good idea to start with thinking about the style you want to achieve. How do you want the rooms in your home want to look and feel? One great way to make decisions about the style of your home is to actually look at the style in your wardrobes and closets. Are you a person that prefers to wear comfortable and loose clothing or are you more interested in tailored, well-fitted items? Are there some patterns and colours that you tend to gravitate towards? Also think about the kind of keywords that apply to your style, like elegant, formal, traditional, humorous, inviting and playful. This will help you find the right pieces and choose the right colours for your home.
Invest in Bespoke Furniture
Do you tend to buy all your furniture from IKEA and similar flat-pack retailers? Although these items are incredibly stylish, when you buy too many, you can end up having a home that looks like just about every other house out there. If you want to add a touch of individuality to your home therefore, you need to look for furniture from places that not everyone goes to. Bespoke furniture, that is furniture that is made to your specific requirements and measurements, that fits in with the style and decor of your home will ensure your home has unique touches, even from homes with similar structures around your local area.
As well as benefiting from furniture that has been made to fit in with your style, you also are benefitting from furniture that has been constructed from natural and tougher materials. Therefore, bespoke furniture is likely to last a lot longer than flatpack alternatives made from materials such as MDF and plywood. There is a downside though – the cost. However, when you consider the return on your investment is higher with bespoke natural furniture because you get more years out of it, you have to weigh up whether you want to pay for something cheaper that you’ll need to replace quicker or want to take the plunge and spend a bit more on something that could last a few decades, at the very least.
Make Good Use of Light
The way you use light in a room can have an impact on how it looks and feels. For instance, a drab and tired looking room that feels too dark and sombre can be lifted instantly by allowing a greater amount of light to shine. You can either harness the light from the outside world, by opening up windows and allowing more natural light to flood in or by utilising LED lighting (we say LED lighting because you can choose more realistic and natural looking colour temperatures that make the place feel less like it is drowned in synthetic light.
Use Your Family Photos
It may not be the most original idea, but you’d be surprised at what a difference using some family photos can do to a room. For instance, if you feel as if the walls are a bit plain but you don’t want to have Van Gogh’s Sunflowers print like every other pretend lover of art has, you could try using your family memories and photos to add a personal touch to those blank walls. It may even be a good idea to experiment with different print sizes and shapes.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to liven up the decor in your home, adding a fresh lick of paint is a good way to do it. Obviously, the colours you decide on will depend on your own unique style and personal taste, but if you’re looking for an interesting way to decorate, try using a lot of plainer colours for the main walls and just use colour to add accents and little bits of flair.