If you are looking for ways to spruce up the home this year, there are so many different things you can do. Depending on the budget you have, you could completely redo the kitchen, install a new bathroom and even add an extension for more space. To make the home feel much more modern and spacious, here are some of the things you can do this summer.
Come up with a color scheme which you can take throughout the home as a base for your designs. This will likely include neutrals like white, grey or beige, and will cover all of your walls to give a blank slate ready for when you decorate. Once you decide on the colors you want in each room you can bring the color on with artwork, accessories, and furniture. This will not only save you having to redecorate every few years by painting, but it means you are more flexible to color changes throughout the year.
Bring in height
Create the illusion of height by buying shorter furniture for your living room. If you don’t have a huge amount of space in your home and you often feel a little bit boxed in, you can create the illusion with shorter furniture as well as wallpapering the ceiling with a pattern. The reason wallpapering works is because you are drawing the eye upwards as soon as people enter the room.
Spruce up the windows
Your windows are all too often overlooked in the home, but they can actually work as a pretty great design feature if you work on them right. For example, make sure that you pay for any glass repair that you need to ensure no cracks in the panes, and then you can think of changing the frame from white to a bold statement. In the kitchen, for example, green would be a good choice because it will link the room to your garden and give that feeling of cohesiveness. A splash of color in the windows can make a fun addition to your home.
One of the things which modern homes always seem to get right is the color they add into the space. The moment you start with a neutral palette you are opening up the room to a world of possibilities. Sometimes, contrasting colors can be exactly what you are looking for a make a room pop. For example, in the living room you could have a mostly blue theme throughout, and then you could add some orange or yellow cushions to stand out and make a statement. As long as you get the balance between the two colors right, there is no reason why contrast can’t be wonderful.
Invest in your furniture
It is all too common these days for people to simply go to a store such as IKEA and buy all of their furniture from the same range. There is nothing wrong with this, however, when you realize how many other people do the same as you, it takes away the uniqueness of your home. To stand out from the crowd and bring character to your space you need to buy your furniture one by one. Go to auctions, antique stores and look online for secondhand pieces which are unique and have a story to tell. Investing in pieces like this will not only give older furniture a longer lifespan, but it will also make your home feel completely unique.
If you have a room which is mostly decorated and you still feel like it is missing something, it is most likely missing a mirror. Mirrors aren’t only useful for checking your makeup before you leave the house in the morning: they are also a great way to make a room feel larger. Adding a big mirror into a small room brings in a sense of light and makes it feel as if the room doesn’t end at the wall. It can be a wonderful way to make your home feel larger without extending it.
The cantaloupe rule
To avoid your home looking cluttered from too many ornaments and decorations, you need to think about something called the cantaloupe rule. This is a rule often used in modern design which states that you shouldn’t have any ornaments or decorations in the room which are smaller than a cantaloupe. Stick to large pieces of art, clocks and big vases in your home to make it feel spacious.
A sofa for a lifetime
There are many things you can buy for your home which you will eventually replace or get rid of entirely, but the one thing you should always plan to keep is the sofa. A sofa is the main place people will sit when they visit your home and it will be used every single day. Make sure that when shopping for a sofa that you take the time to find one which is the right size, color, and comfort for you all. Try to choose a style which you can bring with you when you move houses.
When you are faced with using a neutral palette for your home you can get bored pretty quickly. But just because the color stays the same throughout a room doesn’t mean it has to look exactly the same. For example, if you wanted to decorate a room white and grey you could start with a grey wooden floor, paint the walls white, and then bring in marble tables and shelving for a different texture. Adding different textures of the same color into a room gives the design depth and makes it feel more organic. You can then finish off by adding in those splashes of color.
When most of us think about velvet we likely think of something our parents and grandparents would use in their homes. However, velvet is back in at the moment, and when placed over a plain background it can add both the texture and the color you want in your room. Start off small and bring in a small ottoman or footstool in a velvet design. You will soon see that this fabric has a wonderful home in modern houses and you should add more to the entire house for effect.
Furniture with legs
If you feel as if you could do with more space throughout your home, one brilliant method to make a room feel larger is to put everything on legs. This means that aside from your tables and chairs, you can buy a sofa with legs and a TV stand on legs too. This makes a room feel larger because when you walk through you can see the floor underneath the furniture instead of it being invisible.
If you think that your home could do with more light, you need to make sure that your home is inviting the light into the space. For example for a more spacious home, think about getting rid of chunky curtains and instead, going for vertical blinds which can be opened during the day to let in as much light as possible.
In the evenings, you will likely want to bring some light into the home throughout bulbs, and to make sure you avoid that weird yellow glow make sure you always choose cool white bulbs. Cool white acts like natural light so you will always be able to see clearly at night. Make sure to bring candles into your living room for cozy nights in with a movie, and hang some fairy lights on the mantelpiece for an extra touch of magical during the evenings.
Bring the outdoors in
Plants are a huge feature of modern homes. If you really want to make your home pop and add extra texture to each room, a houseplant is ideal for you. For sunny parts of the house you can bring in cacti and Aloe Vera, and for shaded areas, you can have a peace lily or a snake plant. Bring as much greenery into your home as possible and it will feel much more lively and much more like a family home immediately.
Make it personal
When decorating your home it is important that you don’t forget to make it personal and unique to your family. If you have a blank space on the wall, fill that space with a painting you love or a photograph of your loved ones. Bring color and life into your time with items you bought on a family holiday or art that your children have painted at school. Make the most of turning your home into a family home, and bring as much of your character into it as you possibly can.
With all of the tips we’ve given you today, you shouldn’t have any issues with creating a wonderful, modern and spacious home for you and your family to enjoy throughout your lives.