Interiors

Making the home improvements that your home needs, what to consider

Many of us like the idea of making home improvements and turning a house into a home. Often we can move into a new place and find that it is decorated and designed to the previous owners taste, which may not necessarily suit you. This is when your mind can go into overdrive as you start to consider all of the changes that you want to make.

Making The Home Improvements

When it comes to your home, you can make any change that you wish. You can remodel the bathroom or the kitchen, you can change the wall colour or the use of a room, and you can even decide on where and how you want things to be displayed. But it can also feel overwhelming at first to make all of the changes that you want to make. So here are some of the things that you need to consider when making home improvements in your home.

Prioritise the jobs that you want to do

One of the first things you need to do is make a list of all the changes that you want to make and then you should be able to prioritise what you should do first. Sometimes this can be the most overwhelming bit, as you start to think about all of the changes, you then want to action everything all at once. But the problem with that is not having the budget to do it all, and the mess it can create. Sometimes is worth starting with one room, or one task and moving on from there.

Budget for different things

There is no denying that home improvements cost money, and lots of it, but different jobs and tasks will costs varying amounts, so this is when you need to budget for the individual jobs you want to do. Of course, things like a kitchen or bathroom remodel will cost more than painting a room in a different colour. Which is when you may want to look at alternative ways of raising the cash quicker and often homeowner loans are a good option to consider. Budgeting for each task will help you to stay accountable for saving money as well, as you begin to feel motivated about the things that you want to do.

Seek out inspiration online

Perhaps you aren’t too sure about the changes that you want to make, and so you may need to seek out some inspiration. This is when platforms like Instagram or Pinterest can be very helpful. There are so many visual idea son there, and for Pinterest, you may even be able to click through to tutorials and tips on how to create the look. This is useful if you want to avoid the home decor trends that we so much of.

Make features in different ways

Sometimes the home improvements are just jazzing up a space with a new wall colour and furniture, but you could also look at ways to make a feature. In a living room, for example, you may have one wall that catches your eye straight away. You could make a feature out of this by painting a contrasting colour, or adding pictures and prints to the wall to make it more personal. Other things you can do would be to make a feature out of the light fitting. If the room is big enough, something grand can be equally as eye catching as a feature wall. Lastly, replacing the flooring could also help you to transform the space.

Minimise your home

Minimalism is a new trend that people are wanting to embrace, and in your home is could really transform the way you live and the things that you have. It is all about having the things that you want, the things you need and the things you love. Anything else are just things that are not important to you and subsequently could be donated, recycled or even sold on. Minimalism is a great way to highlight the space your home has, and can make is manageable in terms of cleaning and tidying up if you do have a busy lifestyle.

Do you want to follow trends?

Finally, while you may get absorbed on Instagram home accounts, it is also worth noting that many of them are following home decor trends. You might want to think about whether or not this is something that you want to do? Of course, if you love the look then that is great, but if you think that you may want to change things in the future should a new colour be popular, it might not be worth the investment. Do what you love in your home and let it be an extension of your personality.

Let’s hope these tips help you when it comes to making home improvements.

Creating a relaxing lounge

Your lounge should be the most relaxing space in your house. Your bedroom needs to be a chilled out space that invites sleep, true, but your lounge has to be more than that. It’s where you spend much of your waking time at home. It might be where you eat meals, or where you and your family catch up on each others days. It’s where you put your feet up, and binge watch your favourite shows, and it’s where you read your favourite book, losing yourself in its pages after a hard day. Your living room or lounge is where you leave the stress of your working day behind, where you recharge your batteries, ease your tension and ready yourself for a good night’s sleep. But at the same time, it’s also more visible to other people than your bedroom.

Creating a relaxing lounge

While your bedroom is personal and private and few other people ever see it, your lounge is a social space. It’s where you spend time with family and friends, and it might even be a space for entertaining. So, you might want to turn it into a stylish and welcoming room. But, above all, it should be relaxing, your haven in a busy and stressful world.

Focus on Comfort

Before every purchase or move around, ask yourself if it will help you to get comfortable. Your Living room furniture should be above all, comfortable. Don’t buy a sofa just because you like the look of it, sit on it, and ask yourself if it will still be comfortable while offering you the support you need in a years time after plenty of use. Make comfort your priority and your room will soon be more relaxing and welcoming.

Add Plenty of Texture

Textures are super relaxing. Looking at a room filled with lush textures relaxes your mind and makes you feel at home and at peace. It’s also comfortable for your body though. There’s nothing more relaxing than a couch filled with cushions and blankets. Add texture with heavy curtains, wall hangings, throws and blankets and cushions. But, remember that texture doesn’t just mean heavy and think. A combination of textures works best, and it’s a good idea to add some flatter surfaces, like chrome and copper, wooden floors and shiny mirrors.

Look at the Detail

It’s often the details that truly create a relaxing and chilled out space. Photographs and paintings that make you smile and bring back happy memories, fresh flowers with bright colours and gentle aromas and flashes of colour in your textures and accents. Letting in lots of natural light can also help to make the room feel calming and fresh, so if you’ve got a big window, make sure you can tie your curtains back.

Stick to Relaxing Colours

Your colour scheme is crucial if you want to relax. Deep colours can be romantic and add some drama. But they won’t relax you. For your primary colours that make up most of your walls, stick to calming shades like cool blues and purples, with plenty of natural colours like dove grey and cream.

Bring Some Class Into Your Home

Do you ever find yourself flipping through various interior design magazines and blogs and finding yourself feeling a little bit like your home never manages to reach the heights of the ones you’re looking at? This is a seriously common thing and a lot of the time it comes down to one word: class. Class can often be something of an indefinable term for a lot of people but the reality is that it often comes down to how intentional everything in your home feels, how much of it feels designed instead of randomly placed. With that in mind, here are some ways you can embrace that intentionality and bring some more class into your home.

Bring Some Class Into Your Home

Embrace minimalism

One of the absolute best, as simplest, ways to bring a touch of class into your home is to start by clearing out as much clutter and junk as possible. Most of us spend our time surrounded by junk that we really don’t need but that we refuse to get rid of. By being really brutal about what is and isn’t worth keeping, you can start to make your home feel cleaner and more elegant in an instant. The key is to think of it like this: if your home has a simple design style, the moments of colour and excitement are going to end up feeling that much more dynamic.

Choose a new style

Another big issue that a lot of people find themselves running into is the fact that they simply aren’t able to hit upon a style that they really want. A lot of homes are little more than a mishmash of different styles that never really come together into any kind of cohesive whole. Choosing something like a classic European style at least gives you the framework for making your home more classy. This might involve a lot of big changes to your home. Engineered timber may be worth considering for your floors and new furniture might also be in order. These kinds of changes can make your home feel like a totally new place.    

Let there be light

Light is perhaps the most important, yet most often ignored, tool in your interior design arsenal. Without the right amount of light, even the most beautiful room is going to feel cramped, stuffy, and uninviting. Bringing as much light into your rooms as well, particularly natural light, is going to give your entire home an immediate touch of charm and class.

Of course, it’s important to remember that class isn’t going to be the be all and end all of how you design your home. The truth is that the most important thing is that you’re able to turn your home into something that reflects who you are. If that means that it never ends up looking like the homes in the magazines and blogs then that’s okay! After all, it’s better to have a home that really reflects who you are than one that looks just like someone else’s.