Making a house an inviting home takes a little effort but is well worth it. Any home can be improved with the use of the right elements. A couple or a single person in an apartment can start collecting furniture and accessories to last a lifetime. When they purchase their first home, these items go with them as a start to furnishing and decorating the new home. Even if a retired couple is going from a large family home to a smaller retirement home, the best decorating items and furniture can go with them.
8 Ideas to Bring any Home To Life
There are multiple ways to bring a home to life but let’s choose the 8 that are most promising and practical.
Number one would be to add personal touches such as creatively presented family photos or nature photos you have taken.
There are online photo processors that make photos become wall art. Ideas from Posterjack can be very helpful for a homeowner wanting to liven up their home walls. Your beautiful photos can be printed on canvas in different sizes. They can be in the form of canvas prints, gallery boxes, or acrylic prints in multiple size choices. They can be framed or unframed.
When a photo is printed in a large size, it becomes important wall art. And, you can have pictures you like or artwork you have created printed as attractive wall art. Your favorite photos can be printed in the same size and frames to form an attractive grouping on a wall. When the family or person moves, this beautiful wall art goes with them to the new home.
Number two would definitely be to make an attractive envelope to live in.
This includes walls, ceilings, and floors. Choose quiet colors that are easy to decorate around for walls, ceilings, and trim. A fresh coat of paint makes any space look fresh. Soft gray, beige, cream, or tan are good colors for large areas.
The ceiling does not have to be ceiling white. You can add a little of the wall color to the ceiling paint for a new look. Choose a wall color that everyone likes and goes well with existing furniture and wall art. The floors might only need a good cleaning. But, if the carpet or vinyl floors are dirty and worn out, spend the money to replace them with flooring that looks good with the walls and furniture.
Number three would be to clean and freshen existing furniture and add a piece or two of new furniture.
Then, arrange them in a way that allows conversation, entertainment, and free flow of traffic. Create a TV and gaming area, a reading area, and a conversation area. Consider adding an area rug to pull the furniture arrangement together.
Number four is to add layers to furniture pieces such as couches and chairs with attractive accent pillows and throws.
Mix several colors and patterns that look well together. Replace old window treatments with something new and coordinating with the new paint color on the walls. Window treatments add another layer of texture and color. Window treatments can consist of shades or blinds with fabric side panels or valances to add a little softness.
Number five is to choose and hang the family photos and wall art in attractive arrangements on feature walls for everyone to enjoy.
Try adding one or more mirrors to walls. You might decide to add wallpaper to one wall or one room. Choose a pattern that adds interest and color to coordinate with everything in the room. There are rolls of wallpaper in a great range of patterns and there are wallpaper murals that can create a mood or depict scenes from nature.
Number 6 is to take a new look at the home’s lighting.
This is an often-neglected part of home décor. Purchase new light fixtures for the ceilings and add some table lamps where they will help people read more comfortably. Add attractive mood lighting fixtures and task lighting. Add light to dark hallways, stairways, and corners.
Number seven is to take a new look at everyone’s bedrooms.
The bedroom is where each person can add their own style and personality. Buy new linens and new pillows for pop and comfort. Let each person choose a wall color and wall art. Redesign closets for better storage of clothing and accessories. Is there room for study desks for children with homework? Is there room for a comfortable chair, small side table, and a reading lamp?
Number eight is the kitchen, dining area.
This is where the family spends time preparing and eating food, visiting and sharing experiences. Make this area more attractive without spending a lot of money. Clean and refresh the kitchen cabinets with a coat of durable paint. Install new cabinet hardware. Improve lighting. Add a ceramic backsplash. Is there room to install a few shelves for accessories, cookbooks, or cookware?
Keeping the New Décor Looking Good
When all eight design ideas have been completed, look around to see if there is still room for improvement. Adding a few plants can help clean the air and enhance the room décor. Adding some storage pieces like shelving units, chair side tables or cabinets, or baskets can help eliminate clutter. And last but not least, the new décor will not stay attractive unless everyone keeps things orderly by putting their own things away so clutter does not build up.
Keeping a home clean and organized is important to get the most out of the new decorating. Dusting, sweeping, or vacuuming once a week keeps everything looking fresh and inviting. Keeping papers, games, magazines, and other clutter picked up and out of the way prevents the home from looking messy and uncared for. And, remember, a home is not a static thing. As the months go by more small changes can be made to keep things looking new and fresh. Wall art and family photos can be updated and changed as children grow or new art is created.
A millenial mom (of two boys) who has passion in makeup and motherhood in between.