Making your home beautiful – a beginner’s guide
So you’ve finally signed the documents and you’ve got the keys for your new home. First of all, congratulations! Around 63 percent of UK households are homeowner households, so well done on joining that statistic. Of course, now that you are a homeowner, you’re probably wondering what to do with your new place. It might all seem a little overwhelming and you may be struggling to know where to start.
If that’s the case, we’re here to help you. We’ve compiled a guide on how you can make your new home beautiful. Don’t worry, though – this guide can also be used no matter how long you’ve had your home. Having a clean environment in which to live can really boost your mental health, so step this way and follow our beginner’s guide on how to make your home an attractive place to live. We’ll go room-by-room for maximum effect.
What better way to start making your home beautiful than with a first impression? Your front garden – if you have one – is the first thing people will see when they first clap eyes on your new place, so it’s worth making this area attractive. Much has already been written about how improving your garden can add to your resale value, too, so if you ever look to move on, having an immaculate garden will help.
So, how can you make your garden beautiful? Well, it’s pretty simple – plant lots of flowers. Landscaping your garden doesn’t need to cost the earth (no pun intended) and can bring you inordinate joy. If you want to know where to get started with affordable, beautiful plants, click here. Make sure to coordinate your flower bed to get the most out of it – a well-chosen colour scheme works wonders.
The entranceway is the first thing most people will see when they actually enter your home, so it’s essentially the way you’re going to make a first impression with your interiors. Installing a mirror in your hallway is an excellent idea; this is a fairly small room, and mirrors will make it look larger. You should also put down a welcome mat so guests feel like they’re wanted.
For extra effect, it’s a good idea to display ornaments, accoutrements, and other adornments in your hallway. Guests need to get an idea for who you are and what you’re about at a glance, so put up things that summarise your personality or your family’s aesthetic. This is a good place to put objects you got on holiday, for example, or wall calendars.
The living room is the beating heart of your home, and it’s one of the two rooms in which your family – and your guests – will likely spend most of their time while they’re in the building. As such, it’s important to make your living room the heart of your home’s aesthetic. This should be where your colour scheme “originates”, so to speak; the boldest and most clear expression of the scheme should be here.
Try to make your furniture match your colour scheme as much as possible. Liberally sprinkle cushions and other adornments around; empty furniture makes a room look barren. You should also put up trophies, accomplishments, and other things you’re proud of in your living room; this will give guests talking points and will also remind you and your family of what you’ve achieved.
The kitchen is the other most popular room in the house, and that makes sense; it’s where you prepare all of your meals, after all, and likely where you eat them too. The main factor when you’re designing your kitchen should be good taste. Put up artwork that will make guests and family members hungry just by looking at it; depictions of fresh vegetables or mouthwatering meals are a good idea.
Naturally, this is the room in the house that you’ll also want to spend the most time cleaning. Make sure the kitchen is spotless at all times, because there’s nothing less appetising than a dirty kitchen. Organise your essential appliances according to the kitchen work triangle rule; this will not only make preparing meals easier but will also make your kitchen more aesthetically appealing.
The main driving element when you’re designing a bedroom is peace. Nobody wants to come home after a long day of work and walk into a surrealist nightmare, so make sure your bedroom’s colour scheme is calming and fairly neutral. Try to keep the bedroom relatively free of clutter; just like the colour scheme, an untidy bedroom can make it harder for you to sleep at night.
The bedroom is also the perfect place to display slightly more intimate photographs or artwork. If you have a professional family photoshoot, this is where you should display the bulk of it. Similarly, any wedding photographs or anniversary shoots should go up in the bedroom, since they’re intimate reminders of your relationship. For a fun extra touch, put up some pet photos!
Monochrome is a big deal in your bathroom. Not necessarily black and white, but rather a single colour. Too much opposition between colours in your bathroom creates a jarring effect that isn’t what you want when you’re showering or brushing your teeth at night. Just like the kitchen, a clean bathroom is absolutely essential; not only is it off-putting when your bathroom isn’t clean, it’s also potentially dangerous.
In terms of artwork and adornments, try to keep the bathroom relatively clean and simple. A reminder for guests (and family members!) to wash their hands is always a good idea. Keep the art neutral – plants, landscapes, and abstract art are all good ideas because they’ll give you something to focus on without being too distracting. In general, the design rule with bathrooms is clean lines and simple ideas.