Your house is more than just four walls and a roof. It’s a place to which you can return and relax at the end of a long day at work. It’s a place in which you can make memories with family members and friends. It should feel warm, comfortable, and inviting. It should feel like home. That’s the most important thing to remember. And there’s a balance to be found. A sleek and stylish household can lack substance, but a cosy home can lack style. You need the best of both worlds. So, “cosy-chic” is the secret to a happy home, but how do you achieve such an aesthetic and vibe?
Focus on spaciousness.
You should start by focusing on spaciousness if you want to create a cosy-chic home. You need an open and welcoming space if you want to feel comfortable in your house, but this is also a stylish option; minimalism is a timeless trend. So, this is definitely a good place to start if you want to improve your property with a simple renovation. Start by decluttering. You probably own plenty of things which you don’t actually need; many of us hoard, to some extent. You could even sell some of your possessions on Facebook Marketplace, eBay, and other online sites. This could make you some money that you could put towards other renovation projects which you have in mind. If you don’t have time to declutter your home, perhaps a maid service could help clear your home of any clutter.
You might also want to consider some conversion projects if you want to make your household comfortable yet well-designed. After decluttering, you might find that your garage and your loft are a little more spacious. You could put these spaces to better use by turning them into guest bedrooms, games rooms, or other useful spaces for the family to enjoy. This could be an opportunity to make your entire home feel bigger; you could use furnishings from other rooms to convert spaces such as the garage and the loft. Spreading out your belongings would be a cost-effective way to decorate these new rooms, and it would make your house feel much larger and much more welcoming.
Take the DIY approach to renovating your humble abode.
If you want to make your home feel like your home, then you need to design it in a way which suits your specific tastes and preferences. Sometimes, it can help to do things yourself, rather than hiring professionals. Otherwise, you might end up going along with an interior designer’s idea of what would look good in your household. With enough research (reading articles such as this one), you can learn about the best ways to design your home professionally.
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Use nature and natural materials throughout your household.
Natural design can really transform the appearance of a property. That’s why you should use nature and natural materials throughout your household if you want it to look good. Decorate rooms with plants to bring nature indoors, for starters. Plants don’t simply add some colour to a room and provide a visually-enticing point of focus; they remove toxins from the air to create a more refreshing environment for you and your family to enjoy. As for natural materials, you should try to use a lot of wood throughout the design of your house; wooden flooring and granite kitchen countertops, to give a couple of examples, could really spruce up the interior of your home. These materials will make your household look permanently well-designed, too. Nature doesn’t go out of style.
Make sure you also get the lighting right in each space if you want to create a cosy-chic home. Lighting is so important to the overall look and feel of your household. Bright lighting works well in spaces such as the kitchen and the bathroom because those are places of work/concentration. But rooms such as the lounge and the bedroom should have warmer lighting because those are supposed to be relaxing spaces. Layers of light are important, as well. You might want to have a bright overhead light in your bedroom and a cosy lamp on the bedside table – that would help you to relax and unwind, once you’re in bed and you want the main light to be turned off.
View your garden as yet another room.
If your garden gets left by the wayside, then it might be time to change that. It’s understandable that people focus on interior design when renovating their homes, but the exterior design of your property still matters. The front of your property helps you and your guests to form an initial impression of your home, for starters, but your back garden is important, too. It might not be visible to passersby, but it should still be viewed as yet another room in your house. Otherwise, you’ll feel disappointed when you stare out of your bedroom or kitchen window and see a neglected outdoor area.
It’s time to view your garden as a part of the home. Tidying up this outdoor space by regularly mowing the lawn, trimming shrubbery, and tending to plants or flowers (to give your garden some colour) will really help to keep your outdoor lounge in good shape. Of course, a lounge is incomplete without some creature comforts, so you should create a cosy patio area to really make your garden feel like a living room, rather than a patch of grass. Give your patio an awning for shelter, a dining table for meals with loved ones, and some cushioned seats for relaxing on summer days and admiring your garden.