It can be hard to know how to make your home your own, while keeping it stylish at the same time. A lot of us second guess our taste – even if we love something, will guests think it looks messy or cluttered or even too devoid of personality? Luckily, there are some tried and tested tips that you can follow that will make your home look great to even the most picky of visitors.
Go For Clean And Chic
First of all, you can absolutely never go wrong with clean lines. If you’re decorating your first home, there’s a reason that Ikea is so popular despite the millions of hours it usually seems to take to screw all those different flat pack parts together. Plan designs look good in pretty much every home as they won’t overwhelm the rest of the room – and if you don’t want to spend too much money on your furniture, then minimalist designs will always look more effortlessly classy and expensive than more decorated ones.
Change Your Lighting
Secondly, there’s nothing that can make a home look more dingy and outdated than bad lighting, whether that’s ugly neon lighting in your living room or the sort of dim lighting in your kitchen that makes you constantly slightly afraid that you’re about to chop off one of your fingers by mistake. If you want to go for a timeless look then you can always look around for some vintage lighting – vintage will always be in style – just make sure that it suits the rest of the vibe that you’re going for. In your bathroom, make sure that you have ample light to do your makeup – if you can’t get daylight then get an overhead light that has as close an effect as possible.
Make Sure You Get Adequate Storage
There’s nothing that looks worse in a home than way too much clutter, so it’s time to make sure that you have as much storage as you need. Clear away your kitchen worktops by getting a spice rack and more cupboard space – drawers instead of cupboards can help with storage of pots and pans – and if you find that each room in your house gets cluttered more quickly than you’d like (a problem with family life that a lot of people encounter!) then you could add a basket to each room that clutter gets dropped in at the end of each day to get sorted out at the end of the week. Finally, making sure that every item has its own home will help keep your surfaces clear and tidy.
Add Your Own Personal Style
Finally, have faith in your own taste. Your home is for you and not anyone else so it’s important that it makes you happy. Add art to each room, along with family photographs and anything else that makes you smile whenever you look at it. Remember that first and foremost, your home is your own bolthole, your escape from the rest of the world, so your opinion is really the only one that matters.