Here we are in January 2021. Life has taken an unexpected turn from what we once knew and we are spending a lot more time in our homes.

Life has become more stressful for many of us and perhaps now would be a good time to create a more harmonious living space. Our home is our safe haven from the outside world. It should make us feel completely relaxed, a place where we can unwind.

You may have been looking around your home thinking that it could use a revamp but not have a clue where to start.

If this sounds familiar then you might like to read on before picking up a paint brush.

DE-CLUTTER

One of the first things to consider is having a good sort out. There is nothing more frustrating than having to push things aside to be able to use a work space. Try adding some storage boxes or some new shelving…Open shelving is really popular at the moment and can make a statemment in a room (providing items are neatly arranged).

NATURAL LIGHT

Have you ever really studied the natural light that comes into your home? What time of day is it at its lightest? Do you get the early morning sun or the warm orange light of the evening? Once you have established how much natural light a room has, it can make an impact on your colour choices. A naturally well lit room can withstand many colour schemes, whereas a room with restricted light would probably draw you to lighter colours, and also give you the opportunity to play around with artificial lighting.

ACOUSTICS

The acoustics of a room plays a big part in how a room feels. Walking into a large echoey room can sometimes be quite unsettling, especially if it is poorly lit. Ideally we want our homes to feel safe and secure.  If your living space does feel a bit open, then there are a few things you can add. Perhaps a large rug to a wooden or tiled floor? Hanging some curtains or blinds to windows and doors. Even wall hangings and pictures will absorb sound and make a room feel more homely.

COLOUR

Colour is the first thing we think about when redecorating but it can be overwhelming. This is a subject that i will delve into a little deeper in a future  post but for now here are a few points to consider…

Dark colours with black or grey undertones can feel quite cold and uninviting, but with some warm accent lighting and the right accessories can be very sophisticated.

Light colours with cool undertones can feel fresh and give a sense of airiness. If you have a naturally light room these colours can feel very tranquil.

Colours with warm undertones such as oranges and yellows feel very inviting and cosy.

TEXTURE

Texture plays an important role in the feel of a room. A stark empty room can feel cold and lifeless. Adding texture will create warmth. Wallpaper is one simple way to create texture. Feature walls are an inexpensive way to update your existing decor.

ACCESSORIES

Adding accessories such as cushions, throws and rugs is another way to add texture. This can instantly make a room feel more inviting. It’s also a great way to play with colour. Adding fabrics in an accent colour will lift a room without having to go bold on the walls.

PERSONALITY

Lastly, go for what makes you smile. It’s your home and it should reflect your personality. You don’t have to follow the latest trends. If you are drawn to a colour or a design and it feels right then go for it! It’s your home and should make you feel completely at ease when you walk through the front door. As if you just want to kick off your shoes and relax with a drink or a good book!

I hope you find these tips helpful. I have only briefly touched on these subjects so if you would like to know more feel free to leave a comment.

Jamie-Lee x

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