If you’re anything like me, you could spend half your life on Pinterest, idly assembling your virtual dream home. Also, if you’re anything like me, you’ll scarcely have the time to even vacuum your home, let alone make it as beautiful as the pictures! You need some shortcuts; some tips for making the best of your place without breaking the bank. Here you go:
- Have A Clear Out
Before you get started with sprucing up the place, you’re going to have to optimise. Spend a weekend clearing out all the stuff you don’t need or don’t want anymore. The golden rule is not to keep anything in your home that you do not consider beautiful or know to be useful. Everything else can go to charity, get listed on eBay, or take a one-way trip to the tip. Once you’ve got rid of everything that doesn’t fit the beautiful or useful criteria, you know what you’ve got to work with. Give everything a thorough dust and clean, then fall into bed exhausted.
- Pick A Colour Scheme
Devise a palette of no more than five principal colours that complement each other. Consider wallpapering or painting if you have the time, but if not, try and arrange items and soft furnishings in such a way that the colour scheme is apparent. Dyeing and painting where appropriate are good ways to get items that don’t fit to work within the scheme. A good colour scheme will bring warmth and character into a space, making it more pleasant to spend time in.
- Hang Some Artwork
You needn’t be a multi-millionaire to own good artwork these days. There are plenty of shops and websites where you can purchase beautiful affordable original art that will really make a statement in your home. When choosing a piece of art for a particular space, consider the size, the subject matter and the colour scheme. No matter how much you like a painting, if it doesn’t go with the furniture or colours in your home, it will be a waste of money. Choose wisely and take your time.
- Never Underestimate the Power of A Good Car Boot
Whilst spending a sunny Sunday morning staring at other people’s cast-offs and sniffing bad burgers isn’t exactly heaven on earth, the humble tradition of the car boot sale can be a real treasure trove. If you’re willing to enjoy the experience of nosing through a whole heap of junk, you will be rewarded with some real bargains. The same goes for charity shops. You stand a good chance of picking up some stunning stuff for your pad at a fraction of shop prices. Don’t be put off by David Dickinson, the chances are he won’t be at your local car boot!
- Keep It Personal
No matter what you do with your home, don’t lose sight of the personal touch. At the end of the day, your home is yours, and whatever you have in it should reflect your personality. Not only should you feel comfortable, but your home should be a place where your friends and family feel welcome, relaxed and happy. There is a thin line between interior elegance and the cold impersonality of the show house. Don’t let your home cross the line. Stay true to yourself, and don’t erase your own unique character from the one place you call your own.
Humans are hard-wired to react positively to good colour schemes and welcoming spaces. In a happy home, you will laugh more, be less stressed and even find yourself more productive in your work and hobbies. Surrounding yourself with beautiful things makes you feel good… that’s a fact! So start making a home you feel proud of, where you can chill out and be yourself: your own little sanctuary from the world.