1 February, 2017

Finishing touches that make a house a home

Whether you live in a poky city flat or a spacious country mansion, it’s those finishing touches that really make a house a home. The size of your property is somewhat irrelevant when it comes to adding your personal stamp, so take a look at these unique ideas and transform your living environment into something special, cosy and unique.

Beautifully decorated living room

Internal doors

Believe it or not, you don’t have to undergo a complete renovation or spend a lot of money to get your home up to scratch. Replacing internal doors, for instance, is a simple, easy and cost-effective way to instantly personalise and upgrade the appearance of your abode. With so many different styles and designs available you won’t be short of choice, but remember to factor this home improvement into your budget to ensure you’ve got enough cash to do the job properly.

Matching soft furnishings

It’s amazing how soft furnishings such as cushions, throws, rugs, lampshades and curtains can brighten a room and complement the interior design of your property. While vibrant colours such as red, green, pink, purple and light blue work well against plain décor, blacks, greys and creams can also look stunning in a minimalist environment.

Once you’ve got an idea of what colours work well together, you can then start getting creative in each room giving each part of your home a different style and twist. Adding those finishing touches should be fun, so take the time to think your ideas through carefully and perhaps draw up a plan before hitting the shops (or internet) for furnishings that will fill your space with character.

Feature wall

Anyone can paint their walls beige or pop up some wallpaper – but what about unleashing your artistic flair by creating a feature wall? There are many techniques you can use from free painting and stencilling to sponge painting and experimenting with tape designs, so have a look online for some inspiration and think about what you want to achieve. When choosing where to paint your design, opting for a middle wall can be a good idea as it helps to give the room a focal point.

Photographs and artwork

Hanging pictures of your family on the walls is a great way to bring your memories to life and relive them every single day. You’ll feel good when you walk past and see them – and when you have guests, those beautiful images of your loved ones are sure to spark up a love-fuelled conversation.

As well as your favourite snaps, you could also think about investing in some artwork which really catches your eye. Not everyone has the same tastes and while some people may prefer expensive artwork painted by the very best artists, others may opt for street art that touches their heart instead – so go with what feels right for you. Before you buy, however, think about where your new pictures will go and take measurements in advance to ensure you make sensible purchases.

Transforming a property from bricks and mortar to somewhere that’s loved can be a wonderful experience, so make the most of it.

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