Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Designing Your Home Comforts: Creating A Cozy Home Feeling

Let's face it; we all have financial struggles, which means we can't update our home as well as we'd like. And so, while we have a lack of money in which to make substantial changes to the whole house, we've got to make do with, usually, picking only the one room that we can afford to renovate. But when you are trying to create a cozier home environment, one room isn't going to cut it. Yes, you may go for your bedroom, or somewhere that you spend more time relaxing, but when you are trying to implement ways to make the whole home cozy, what can you do?

Pick A Cozy Focal Point

When you're trying to consolidate your finances, but there's an item that you know will tie the room together, and completely shake up the overall aesthetic of the room, changing it from dishevelled to cozy, then you need to go for it. The options, of course, are numerous, but when you're going for one of the bigger rooms in the house, whether it's the living room or the kitchen, wood burning fireplace inserts are one of the various items that can very easily communicate a cozy feeling.

Choose Textures

We tend to think that textures and patterns are very expensive, when we are looking at adding those visceral layers of depth, by purchasing choice items of furniture, let's face it, this approach is very expensive, so we might not think that there is a cheaper option. Trusty wallpaper is a very good alternative. The right wallpaper can add that extra layer of depth and can make you feel like you are enveloped in the room. But, let's make no bones about it; wallpaper can be expensive if you choose the high-end styles. In which case, to create those textures, painting is a very good alternative, as long as you pick the right colours. And to add that extra layer, stencils are worth trying.

Warm Materials

This is where a thrift store comes into its own. Warm materials, and especially, right now, warm metals like brass or copper, automatically adds a sense of warmth and comfort to any room. The big problem is that the majority of metals are quite expensive, but you can purchase antique copper and brass for cheap, although it may not look as sophisticated as the expensive counterparts, you can polish cheaper materials by sprinkling salt over the surface and rubbing a cut lemon across it. The other option is to get copper coloured paint which you can easily spray over the items you've picked up for cheap.

And remember, never underestimate the power of effective lighting, but also, think about what makes you feel cozy. Do you like more enclosed spaces, chunky sweaters, and the like? If so, be sure to install a dimmer switch, and rugs or throws to really communicate that cozy style. We all need a little bit of extra comfort now and again, and if you live a high pressured life, you deserve to come home to a relaxing environment.


Living Space Problems That Can Affect Your Happiness Levels

Your home is your haven; your solace from the outside world. It should be a place of happiness, where you can relax and feel content, no matter what stresses are happening within the rest of your life. But believe it or not, there are some aspects of your home that can affect your overall happiness levels. Rather than lift your spirits, there may be some areas of your home that actually lower your mood whenever you enter a certain room. Thankfully, you can take actionable steps to deal with any of these mood-killers.

Problem #1: The lighting

Your light bulbs may be of a very low wattage, or there may not be enough light coming in through the windows. Whatever the reason, if the lighting is dim in your living area, then your mood will follow suit. For positive emotions, you need to brighten up the space. Rather than suffer dark moods because of a dark room, invest in some new light bulbs (energy-efficient of course), and follow these lighting tips to shed more light on any room in your home that could do with being brighter.

Problem #2: Repair jobs

It's difficult to relax at home when there are repair jobs that need to be done. Your happiness levels will drop when you notice that peeling wallpaper in the corner of your home, hear the sound of a dripping tap, or feel the cold draft coming in from doors and windows. You may have the skills to deal with some of these irritations, but if not, call in the professionals so you can finally renew your happy state of mind when you're at home.

Problem #3: Lack of space

If your living room is tiny, you may well feel claustrophobic. With little room to move around, your mood may be low as a consequence. However, there are some interior design tips here that may well solve the problem. On the other hand, your living room may be of a decent size, but if you have too much clutter and stuff, you aren't going to feel the benefit. It's probably time you decluttered, or at the very least invested in storage space. And no matter how large or small your living space is, you may also choose to  opt for ground floor extensions to give you more room to play with. Just don't refill that space with yet more stuff if the clutter is negatively affecting your mood.

Problem #4: The paint colours

The paint colour you choose is a matter of personal taste, so there is no wrong colour per se to paint your walls with. However, if the rest of the room's decor is out of whack with the colour you have chosen, perhaps because your sofa contrasts negatively with the colour scheme on the wall, then you may feel irritable and moody as a result. Your best bet is to use a colour wheel to help you choose the right match of colours, as well as taking note of the ideas mentioned
here that may just give you inspiration to create a room that evokes more positive emotions within you.


Do you not feel happy within your living space? Then we may have hit the nail on its proverbial head with the reasons why within this article. Make any changes necessary, and you may well feel happier as a result. Let us know what you think, and if you have any further ideas to complement this article be sure to share your wisdom with us.


A Sprinkle of Sophistication and a Dash of Design: Home Improvements Made Fun

You love getting stuck into a new and exciting home design project; your imagination is allowed to run wild and you can truly transform any room you want to. Whether you’re looking to increase the value of your home for selling or you simply want to enjoy a bigger space, there are many ways to enhance your humble abode. When it comes to adding personality to your home, you can approach this project in a number of ways. You could go all out and invest in an amazing extension or you could simply switch up the colour palettes in certain rooms. Whatever decisions you make, just make sure you have fun during the process.

Growing Gracefully

If you’re living in a beautiful home already then you might not want to alter the exterior too much as you want to preserve its history. You might find heritage extensions useful to you, since they won’t compromise on the original style of your classic home. In the right hands your home will be able to grow elegantly and gracefully, creating more space for you to enjoy for the years to come.

Calming Colour Palettes

Another way in which you can enhance the elegance of your home is by altering the colour palettes throughout the house. Switch to hues that are more muted and calming such as pastel peach, mint green, neutral cream and baby blue. Bright colours will quickly grow out of style leaving you feeling disheartened. Choosing a timeless colour palette will make your home much more adaptable and enjoyable to decorate.

pink shrimp painting with black wooden frame

Perfect Patterns

Some of the best patterns of 2018 include tropical prints, floral designs and 80’s inspired geometric shapes. This is why it is important to keep you walls neutral and calm. Adding in a quirky patterned cushion or rug will instantly bring a room to life. However, if your home is too full of contrasting colours you will create the opposite effect, which is a confusing rainbow mix up. The rule is, keep it simple and add in the wow factor at a later stage.

Fabulous Furnishings

Those final touches to your home will make it shape shift instantly from just fine to utterly fabulous. As long as you take into account all of the advice above and choose soft and hard furnishings to complement the chosen colour palettes and extension areas you will have a more divine and dazzling domestic living space in the blink of an eye.

Having your own home is all about making it feel comfortable and tailored to your specific tastes. You might find that creating more space solves a lot of ongoing issues for you at home, so an extension would be the way forward. Perhaps you think there is a more straightforward solution to bring that added touch of personality to your home. Whether you’re adjusting your patterns or investing in fabulous furnishings make sure you stick with your budget and enjoy turning your home from a sleepy place to a spectacular place.