Home should be a place of refuge and relaxation, as well as somewhere to welcome people into and entertain guests. Since our homes are such important places, it’s worth investing in them so that they make us feel comfortable and happy. Below are a few key factors to think about when refurbishing your home to ensure you’re always longing to run back to it at the end of the day.
Furniture has several roles to fulfil; it should look great, be comfortable to lounge on and, in order to be good value for money, it should last many years. The nature of your household and your overall colour scheme will influence which items you opt for; neutral tones are generally good as they fit with most other colours, meaning you can redecorate the walls and replace the cushions, all whilst the sofa stands strong. Still, if you have young children, a pristine cream sofa may not be your first choice, in which case greys can be a favourable option. When choosing furniture, it’s important to take into account the size and shape of the room to determine which items will allow for the best arrangement; a large corner sofa and an armchair may fit better into one room whilst a two-seater and a three-seater sofa work better in another, even if the two rooms are of a very similar size.
When choosing flooring for your home, similar considerations regarding children and pets should be made which will help you to choose between engineered wood and hardwood flooring. You’ll then need to think about design, which could be one of many parquet flooring designs, or a simple plank layout. Of course, there are many types of wood to choose from, including options such as walnut flooring and oak flooring; choose a tone of wood which fits with your colour scheme for the walls and furniture, and which will also accommodate other options should you change your mind. A good quality wooden floor will last decades, so getting this right is key.
Soft furnishings such as curtains and blinds shouldn’t be overlooked, especially if you have a large or feature window to showcase. If you’ve chosen fairly plain options for your other furnishings, opting for a patterned design on softs could act as a feature piece. Alternatively, you may want to keep it simple and add a little kick through your accessories…
Accessorising your home is often the fun part, since the lower cost means they can be replaced much more frequently. Creating a stunning whilst somewhat blank canvas to your home means you can jazz it up with eye-catching accessories which can be switched in and out as the season (or simply your taste) changes. Think extravagant lamps, bold-coloured cushions and attention-grabbing ornaments.
Achieving the balance between furnishing your home in a way which is practical and one which is aesthetically pleasing can be difficult. We recommend investing in high quality items which will last you for the long term and sprucing things up with a little extra decoration which can be easily added and removed.