When we are constantly bombarded with images of “perfect” properties, it can be easy to try to emulate the pristine spaces we see in glossy magazines and show homes within our own properties. But it’s important to remember that the house you live in should be a home. It’s the place you will live in and should be comfortable at the same time as meeting all of your personal needs and requirements. So, let’s take a moment to look at a few different ways that you can add your signature touch!
Personalising the Space
The first step towards making your house a home is to personalise the space through interior design. Most people tend to stick with what the house comes with or what they know. This generally entails plain and neutral toned walls (in shades such as magnolia [which I hate], cream, or white), non-offensive flooring such as plain wood or a neutrally toned carpet, and minimalism. But who really wants their home to look like something pulled straight from a standard show home? Here are a few different ways to personalise the space and spice things up a bit!
If you do want to keep the walls a neutral tone, you can always add a little extra decoration, making the wall like a blank canvas behind a featured image. Consider hanging Panoramic canvas prints, framed vintage posters, or smaller framed photos around. This adds a personal touch to every room for a low price. Not only does it allow you to look at something you love on a daily basis, but it gives visitors an introduction into your tastes and personal life.
The best type of flooring for you depends entirely on who will be inhabiting the home. If you are living alone or solely with adults and are relatively clean and tidy, carpet is a great and comforting choice. However, if you have children and pets, wooden flooring may be preferable, as spills can be cleaned up more easily.
Altering the Exterior
Remember that your design isn’t limited solely to your property’s interior. You can alter the exterior too! While you may not see the outside of your home very often (most of us only look at it as we pull up and head indoors), others see it from their windows or while passing in the street both day and night. So you might want to spruce things up a bit. Consider painting your exteriors. If this is an option that you do wish to pursue, bear in mind that painting the exterior of your home is hard work. It’s not as simple as getting a roller and pot of paint and taking to the walls. You will have to thoroughly clean the entire exterior of your home. You have to be careful to not get paint on the windows. Not to mention that you will have to be able to reach all parts of your home. If you have a two story or three story house, this could be extremely difficult. You will have to use specialist paint that can withstand the elements. It’s highly recommended to employ a professional to carry out the work on your behalf!
When people move into a house they tend to make the mistake of assuming that they’re stuck with what they sign up for. When they move in, they generally accept the property as it is and try to work around it. But at the end of the day, your property can always be expanded upon and improved. You can alter it to suit your personal needs and requirements, or simply to make it more aesthetically pleasing and closer to your tastes. Now, home renovations are by no means a minor decision. They take a whole lot of time, planning, investment, and effort. You are also going to have to collaborate with a whole host of professionals who will spend a lot of time within your property while the work is planned and carried out - from architects to contractors and valuators. If you find that your property is a little on the small side, consult professionals about extensions, conservatories or even loft conversions. If you find yourself fighting with others over use of the bathroom in the mornings, you could consider the addition of an en suite to your room or the installation of a second bathroom.
As you can see, there are plenty of things that you can do to add your personal stamp to your property. From redesigning its interiors to brightening up its exteriors or making complete structural changes!