By Guest Blogger Alisa Martin
If you are reading this, chances are you are on the look out for some style inspiration. Perhaps you have recently moved house, or maybe you have renovated your home after deciding it was time for a change. Either way, you now have the exciting task of deciding exactly how you want to redecorate.
When it comes to home décor, there are just so many things to think about. Choosing colour schemes, accessories and furniture are but a few of the items on your to-do list. Let’s take a look at each in turn in order to explore all the available options.
Colour All the Way!
As far as colours are concerned, rooms which are essential to the functioning of your house, such as the kitchen or hallway, need to be lighter in colour, in order to create an airy, spacious feel. On the other hand, in the bedrooms or bathrooms you can be a little more adventurous.
Why don’t you? – Try mixing one statement wall in a bold colour with other neutral walls. Or, choose heavily patterned wallpaper for one wall, then pick out just one shade of the paper for the other walls. Mixing and matching can create interesting and unique looks for these rooms.
What About Accessories’?
Having unique home accessories in the house will help to give it a character reflective of your overall style. Why not invest in an antique bureau for the study, an unusual ottoman in the lounge, a chandelier to hang proudly above your dining room table, or even a folding screen for your bedroom?
Why don’t you? – Invest in a beautiful piece of furniture. Such pieces are a timeless investment and can be handed down through generations to come.
The Look and Feel
The style of furniture you choose will have a profound effect on the atmosphere you create in your house. If you like the country living look, go for sturdy oak furniture which has been distressed to look aged. A rustic finish adds to this effect. Should you prefer a more contemporary style, why not choose French-inspired furniture to create an elegant feel in your home. Remember that even the most functional items can play an aesthetically pleasing role in your home, so choose your bookcases, chairs and mirrors wisely.
However you choose to decorate your home, try not to scrimp on the quality of furnishings, paint and any other items you may need. Investing time and money into making your house perfect now will save you money in the long run. Finding accessories which are both luxurious and long-lasting may cost you more than a trip to the local home ware store, but in ten or twenty years’ time you’ll most likely be glad you did so.
Above all, keep an overall image in your head of how you want your home to feel – welcoming, stylish and reflective of you. That way, whenever you have to make a choice about furniture, colour schemes, or accessories, you will know just what to choose.