As somebody once said: “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” If you’re looking for some ways to make your house homier, you’re in the right place. We hope our tips will help you make your house into a home that you would love coming back to every day.
Home shouldn’t be just a place we sleep at night – ideally, it’s a place of solace and escape where we can unwind from a long day. As a psychotherapist, Robi Ludwig said, “we need our home environment to be the place where we can take both personal and physical refuge.” Most of us spend a lot of time looking for affordable ways to make our home feel cozy and inviting. We would like to present you eight items your home – and every home – should have. They will quickly and affordably take our interiors from average to gorgeous and super inviting.
1. An amazing mattress for a better night’s sleep
Getting quality sleep is one of the best things we can do for our health. What many people seem to forget is that good sleep is linked to a good mattress. The quality of our mattress has a big impact on our sleep. Poorer quality mattresses expose us to dust-mites, toxic chemicals, glues, fire retardants, and allergens that can have adverse effects on our health and can negatively affect our sleep.
A lot of different types of mattresses are available in the market. There are mattresses produced to match a person’s height, weight, age, and even medical needs. Each mattress provides various effects so we should try to choose the one that is suitable for our body and sleeping style. The most important factors we should look for in our mattress are support and comfort. Comfort is based on how our back and neck can be supported while support is usually determined by the number of coil springs hidden inside the mattress. Some of the mattresses available in the market are latex foam mattresses, ultra plush mattresses, memory foam mattresses and innerspring mattresses.
2. Something black
Much like every woman should have a little black dress in her wardrobe, every home needs to have something black. This color is eternally fashionable, it goes with almost anything and immediately makes any room feel more modern. Black works well with bright shades of red, green, and blue. Black is the ultimate dark color and can make lighter colors such as yellow really pop out. However, we should be careful connecting black with very dark colors. It can work in fact, but if the colors are too similar they can blend together.
We don’t have to add a lot of black to our interiors, just a bold accent. This could be anything from an accent wall, an area rug, a piece of furniture, or a large vase. The only thing we must remember is not to overdo it. One or maximum two well-balanced pieces are totally enough.
3. A touch of green – houseplants
We should expand our houseplants horizons. They can be really so much more than a small cactus or a sorry fern in a pot. Plants add color, shape, and life to every room in our home. But they are also very versatile and – like a piece of furniture or artwork – are a surprisingly powerful tool in our design arsenal.
There are may ways that houseplants can become important and gorgeous elements of our home’s decor. It’s worth incorporating some of these into our design plan:
- Use plants as color accents. The color can be the foliage itself or pottery in bright colors and patterned designs. Instead of our plant being a receding green, we should let it be the object that energizes the whole room.
- Enlarge the scale. The bigger and bolder, the better. Interior designers suggest choosing a fiddle leaf fig tree, a palm tree or any other bigger plant.
- Put in on the pedestal. When we put our plant on a pedestal, it suddenly becomes a statement, especially if this pedestal is stylish and bold.
- Create some rhythm. We can put in row two or three exactly the same plants.
- Different furnishing styles take on different plants. It’s crucial that we choose the right plants for our interiors to “complete the picture.” Yucca, for example, fits in well with wooden furniture. All kinds of flowering plants look nice with a country style decor.
4. An interesting artwork
An artwork adds the finishing touch to any space. From brightening up a room to adding a touch of fun to a bland area, it has the power to transform any living space.
Here are a few tips on choosing the right pieces for our space:
- When choosing art, we should be true to ourselves. That is the best way to find pieces that will suit our interiors and make us feel comfortable and relaxed in them.
- Why always pick a painting? We should be open to different mediums. Sculptures are also a nice idea – they add depth to the room.
- It’s suggested to choose a piece that has colors that work with our room. We should take into account our furnishing, wall color, curtains, throws, and pillows to create a palette of colors to look for in our artwork.
- We have to make sure the artwork is hung at the correct height. It should be approximately eye level. When hanging artwork over furniture, we shouldn’t pick art that is wider than the piece.
- We can’t forget about lighting. Proper lighting will make our artwork pop and contribute to the mood of the whole room.
5. A statement-making piece of furniture
“A statement piece adds character, a wow factor. It’s a conversation starter as it draws your eye as you enter the room,” says Anji Connell, an interior designer and founder of ACID+. It might be a rich velvet upholstered sofa, a crystal chandelier, an antique commode or some gorgeous armchair. These pieces of furniture can be impressively large or surprisingly small, old or new, traditional or modern. But what they all have in common is enough style and presence to make us stop and stare at them with open mouth.
There are many benefits in incorporating a statement piece. For instance, in a minimal room, it can add some life and save it from being too boring. And in a room where there are many elements of design, a well-chosen furniture can actually unify them all by taking center stage.
6. Window treatments
The windows are our connection to the outside world, and how we choose to dress them tells a lot about our interior design style. Some people leave them uncovered – it’s a sleek, modern look but suggested only for those who live in some isolated areas. But for those of us who have curious neighbors and sidewalks just a few steps away, that might not be a good option.
Window treatments can take many different forms: curtains, blinds, swags, valances, drapes, shutters, panels, cornices, and Roman shades, to name just a few. Color, pattern, and texture play an important role in window dressings:
- If our room already features a bright, bold color at the walls, we should choose a more subtle shade for the window treatment.
- If there is no pattern on our walls and furnishings, we can add some visual movement and rhythm choosing patterned curtains.
- We should make sure window treatments inject the appropriate texture to balance a room. But we can also be a bit more creative and brave and create a mixture of textures in a single window treatment to provide textural richness and depth.
However, it’s important to remember that window treatments are much more than a decorating element; they are also a very practical one – they admit or block sunlight and provide privacy. They need to do far more than look good; they must also work well!
7. A marvelous bookshelf
Bookshelves, it seems, are surviving the digital revolution. Without them, our homes would be filled with piles of reading materials! But beyond this obvious purpose that bookshelves serve (holding books), they also allow us to display art and organize all those not-sure-where-to-put-them items.
A well thought-out bookcase can be a gorgeous design element that adds warmth, character and personality to our room. But how can we turn our lifeless library walls into stylish statement pieces?
Here are three main ideas on how to arrange a bookshelf like a real pro:
- Books should go in different directions. It is standard library style to store all books vertically but it shouldn’t stop us if we’d prefer the aesthetics of the horizontal option. In fact, the most interesting solution would be to stack some books vertically and others horizontally.
- Each shelf should be treated like a display and should tell a unique story.
- Adding personal touches. As it was already mentioned, bookshelves are not just for books. We can have on them framed family photos, shells brought back from vacation, a nice vase or some sculptures. As an interior designer, Nate Berkus says: “This makes the bookshelves look much more lived in and much prettier than just a bunch of books.”
8. A quiet retreat
Everybody needs a break. Life is stressful and often leaves us feeling frazzled or overwhelmed. Taking care of our physical and mental well-being doesn’t just happen. We have to consciously make some time for it. Not everybody can afford to get away for a long spa vacation, but we all can easily create our own retreat with just a little bit of work and imagination. We all need a private place where we can think, relax, read or just be at peace. For most women, this space is a craft room, reading nook or even kitchen (if you like cooking), and for men, it’s their garage or a game room. It’s a place we can look forward to going to at the end of a long day and it’s only ours.
The bathroom is also such part of every home that is completely private, making it the perfect place to unwind after a day of hard work and noisy kids. We can turn any bathroom into a tranquil retreat with careful selection of color palette, decor (candles, flowers, baskets, etc.), dimmers on the lights and some other fixtures.
These are only a couple of examples of the things that we think should be in every home. Just go with exploring the themes, think about some other important items you can add to this list, just be creative. After all, it is your dream home and everything must be according to your inclinations and taste. Create the space you’re proud to call home.