The right furniture, and the right colour scheme, can make your home a much nicer place to spend time. The décor of your home can affect how well you sleep, your day to day mood, and your stress levels. Check out these quick tips for effective interior design.
Pick a Focal Point
The focal point of your home should be something that you love, something that makes you feel good. Consider making your focal point something really special – perhaps a piece of art, some flowers, or a window that looks out to your beautiful garden.
Keep the Entrance Tidy
Even if you’re struggling with mess in your spare room, there’s no reason to let that spill out to the rest of the house. Make a point of keeping your entryway clean and clear, so that you aren’t met with mess the moment you walk in to your house.
Create Space in Your Living Area
If your living area is so busy that you can barely see the carpets, then you’ve got too much furniture in there. Give yourself space to move around. Instead of having several tables, chairs and sofas in your living room, try to limit yourself to a sofa or three-piece-suite and a coffee table. Make sure everything in the room has a purpose, and is regularly used.
Keep Things Simple
Use restraint when picking colours and patterns for your furniture. If you plan to mix patterns, keep the colour schemes similar. If you want to mix colours, choose contrasting colours, and use blocks of plain colour rather than patterns. It’s best to keep the number of colours in the room to just a few carefully selected ones – perhaps having the carpets one colour, the furniture another, and then a third colour as an accent.
It’s easy to pick up gorgeous ornaments while you’re on your travels, only to find yourself wondering where to put them when you get home. Be more selective when you’re shopping – not only will this reduce the amount of clutter that accumulates in your home, it will save you money too.
Each Room Has a Use
Consider the purpose of each room. You should take care to ensure that the décor of each room matches its primary use. This means you want a clean, organized kitchen with plenty of clean workspaces; a quiet, calming bedroom, and a bright and clean living room.
Avoid bringing gadgets and electronics into your bedroom – they’re distracting, and even the small standby lights can interfere with your body clock, keeping you awake and leaving you feeling stressed and drained the following morning.
Open Your Home to the outdoors
Don’t underestimate the value of houseplants. Having some flowers and plants in your home makes it smell nicer, and improves the air quality too. A nice view can improve your mood. If your home looks out over the city, hang some attractive landscape photos or paintings on the wall so that you have something soothing to look at.