Not feeling entirely satisfied with your home decor at the moment? Maybe you don’t have to break the bank to change things up a little and get that feelgood factor you’re currently lacking. A few little extras could be all it takes. Your decor choices not only affect the way your home looks but how you experience it, so these minor changes could make the difference between feeling neutral and feeling great.
Some things feel so good to the touch that they really give your spirits a lift – think about the difference between wearing soft fabrics compared to scratchy ones. Now do that for your home. Treat yourself to a luxury bath mat or add some super-soft throws to your lounge furniture. Get a fluffy bedside rug to wiggle your toes into when you swing your legs out of bed in the morning or spoil yourself with silk or satin bedding that looks great and feels even better.
Cool decor colors like white and grey can be very effective, but they do lack a certain warmth. If you think your decor looks a little too cold and sterile, it’s time to add some warm accents that let the charm in. A couple of bright scatter cushions, fresh or dried flowers in colorful vases, a striking artwork on the wall, or a signature furniture item in warm wood can work wonders. Don’t forget a few house plants, and though we dislike clutter, let a few books rest on coffee tables and side tables to add a warm, homey feel. Give your kitchen a little love – white appliances and cabinets are great, but a little color goes a long way. Feeling better? You should be!
Sometimes, we’re more concerned about what others may think when they see our homes than how we’ll feel about them when we look at the decor. Think about something you already own and love that you’re hiding away because it doesn’t fit the accepted picture of good design. Doesn’t match? Fine! Give it a focal position and turn it into an artful contrast. Precious family photos stashed in a drawer? Select a few that will make you smile and scatter them around – not too many, but enough to add a much-needed personal touch to your decor. How is this luxurious? If you’ve been denying yourself this pleasure, you’ll know what we mean!
Bring out your playful side with surprising elements that will make people do a double-take. It’s a great way to add personality to your decor, and your options are virtually limitless: a whimsical sculpture or painting, a bright crocheted throw, even something you crafted yourself. Not convinced? Professional interior decorators understand the need for an element of surprise to transform decor from nice-but-boring into something that makes a statement. Try to bring at least one surprising element into each room in your home. You’ll have fun, and the results will add charm and character to your decor.
Almost every home has its dingy corners – let there be light! A lot of us overlook the importance of lighting design when we’re decorating our homes. And since light draws the eye, lampshades are super-important too. As revamps go, this one has potential for high impact at low cost. Use lighting to create ambiance, enhance colors, or to throw artworks into sharp relief. And remember, the color of light is as important as any other color you use in your decor.
If everything in your home is perfect and you’re still not entirely happy with the way it looks, it could just be that a few small changes like the ones we discussed in this post will make all the difference. And remember, there’s such a thing as too perfect. Let your house be a home and don’t forget that you and your family are the most important people who will ever enter it. Sure, the trends are nice, but putting your own spin on them with a few subtle tweaks may be all it takes to get that feelgood factor you’ve been missing.