Stylish ways you can make your home stand out this year
Sometimes finding the right balance between functionality, coziness and style can be difficult to achieve. Home interior magazines can often present an ideal image of how your living space can look, but they can often be tricky to replicate. After all you might profess a desire for a ‘show room aesthetic’, that is clean, minimalist and classically designed but might miss the colourful prints and textures of a ‘pop art aesthetic’, but don’t want a home that belongs to either camp. Whether you choose maximalism, minimalism or anything in between, if you feel that your rooms are lacking a certain amount of style or personality, you can easily solve this in a few simple hacks that involve minimal effort, while making your room look like the show home you’ve always wanted it to look like. Of course, each home is different as it reflects the tastes and lifestyles of the people living there, but no matter what type of furniture or decor you choose, there are certain elements you can add to your home that will really make it stand out this year. So what are you waiting for? Design a dream home that is plucked straight out of your imaginary picture book today!
An impeccably organised interior
With the rise of the internet sensation, Mrs Hinch, household chores and organising the space in your home is no longer seen as the enemy. Mrs Hinch has transformed the lives of many as her unconventional approach to carrying out the most mundane household tasks has gained the recognition of millions of people across the UK and further. Her followers called the ‘Hinch Army’ have been heavily influenced by the interior blogger, and have become passionate about cleaning their home within an inch of their life, as well as organising their cupboards so that everything is put away tidily and methodically. And while tidiness is not my middle name, it has to be said that when in the mood for it, there is something rather satisfactory about ‘hinching’ to make your home stand out the right way.
Organising your belongings meticulously is essential when ‘hinching’; however, it is also imperative that you have the necessary space to perform all of her recommendations. Right from cleaning hard floors with an electric toothbrush to cleaning your blinds with tumble dryer sheets, these are just a few examples of how the social media influencer advises her followers of practical, cost-effective and easy to achieve ways to organise their home. However if the thought of ‘Hinching’ really doesn’t appeal to you then perhaps you should consider some smart storage solutions around your property that can help keep your home in tip-top condition. This is particularly important if you wish to rent out your property as tenants often desire comfort and convenience over elaborate designs. Often tenants wish to put their own stamp on a rental property which is why property investment companies like RW Invest keep their developments neutral to generate mass appeal. Alongside this, companies like this opt for high-quality furnishings that optimise space and storage, particularly within their studio apartments where you can find under bed storage, fitted wardrobes with modern sliding doors to conceal the mess and plenty of shelving options to display items such as photo frames and keepsakes.
Coffee Table Books (Or Library Realness Eleganza)
In addition to the numerous vases, candles and florals you have dotted around your home, coffee table books instantly inject style and sophistication into your room. Typically consisting of photographs, illustrations, or art accompanied by little text, these books create a great talking point among guests. Books have become such a versatile accessory to a home, and most of the time you can find these in hardback additions so that they are more durable perched on your coffee table at home. Whether you actually plan to open them and give them a read, or just perch them on your coffee table from a design point of view, these books work well to complement your existing interior and adorn any existing coffee table. Or if you are like me and are an avid reader, then why not upgrade your ‘coffee table’ to a full blown library, with a bookshelf chronicling your love affair with literary works. You could even mix and match and have coffee table books to make your home stand out in the living room, and then have a bookshelf in the study or your room.
If you spend hours trawling through home accounts on social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest like me, you will understand how much life, warmth and comfort a bunch of fresh flowers can add to your humble abode. Fresh flowers are the perfect finishing touch to any room and create a feeling of tranquility to those who visit. Although this addition is small in size, they have the potential to create a huge impact as well as adding a feeling of nature inside your property. Adding a natural element is light, refreshing and welcoming, and a great way to add a bright pop of colour to a neutral, minimalist decor while taking your home to the next level. Besides did you know that flowers have mood enhancing properties which not only reduce stress, improve productivity and brighten our mood, but also have been proven to have positive effects on our mental health. For example Chrysanthemums have been shown to lessen symptoms of worry and stress, and when taken as tea, this flower cools and relaxes our body, Jasmine and lavender are proven to lower stress and anxiety levels, inducing peacefulness, improving sleep and lowering heart rate and so are ideal additions to the bedroom and bright yellow or orange Calendula flowers are known for their antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.
Add Personality To Your Home Through The Art Of Accessorizing
While you might think of ‘accessorizing’ purely in fashion terms i.e what colours match your new favourite shoes, when it comes to our home, it is the accessories that make our home stand out in a stylish and fun way. For example, best defined as home jewellery, you can beautifully build a collection of staple pieces, such as standout trinkets and vases. The great thing about accessories like this is that you can change them with the seasons and there are so many affordable homeware retailers you can buy these from such as Ikea, Wilkos, Asda’s and many more. Essentially by picking home jewellery that reflects the aesthetic of your home, you can build your entire interior design around these staple pieces. So lets say that you buy a mosaic lamp, as your statement ‘home jewellery piece’, you might then decide to choose accompanying mosaic or patterned home accessories that match the statement lap, to give it that decidedly arty feel.
Create A Moodboard That Will Give You The Stylish Home Of Your Dreams
While creating a moodboard is technically you devising what your home would look like, thus making it a pre-home makeover task, it is a moodboard that can show you exactly what works, what doesn’t work and demonstrate what you want from a stylish home. You can create the moodboard manually by scrapbooking all your ideas, can use Pinterest to create boards showcasing what you want your home to look like, or you can even use online moodboard tools, which virtually show you exactly how your ideas would translate to look like in the real world. You can start by brainstorming the colours, patterns and textures you love, before browsing the beautiful room sets in glossy magazines, for some inspiration to pull it all together. It’s just like styling yourself for a big event – it’s important to get the individual pieces right, while making sure they work as a team. However you choose to bring your ideas to the forefront, a moodboard, scrapbook or virtual collection will give you the inspiration you need to make your home stand out this year.
How Would You Make Your Home Stand Out? Do You Have Any Tips?
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