Friday, December 8, 2017

How To Give Your House Some Character

It’s easy to buy a house that looks glitzy and shiny on the surface but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to have character. It’s important for your home to look clean and aesthetically-pleasing, but you might always feel that something’s missing if the minimalistic design of your home is a little too minimal. If your household feels lifeless and devoid of any characteristics that would remind you and your family that this is your home then it’s time to do something about it. Here are some pieces of advice on giving your house some character.

Improve your home’s lighting.
You may not realize this, but the lighting used in your home has a huge effect on your mood and general perception of your home. If you feel that the vibe of your house is all wrong then you might need to improve the lighting to give your interior some character. Think about where you need warmth, first of all. The bedroom should feel cozy and inviting in the evening; harsh lighting is not right for this environment. You want to be settling down so that you’re ready for bed. You could get some new lamps with softer lighting (an orange hue is soothing) or simply get some candles. As for harsher lighting, this belongs in the kitchen and the bathroom; you need bright light to see what you’re doing, whether that’s cooking a meal or plucking your eyebrows.

Strive for variety.
Minimalism is no bad thing. You want your home to feel spacious and refreshing; clutter is never the answer to making a house look good even if that clutter is comprised of your possessions. But it’ll also make your home look bad if you go to the other extreme and have dull, lifeless rooms with no variety or personality to their design. Those white walls brighten up your room and create a neutral background but you have to make sure that the furnishings and other pieces of decor add some vibrancy and color. A few pieces of handmade artwork on the walls (if you’re creative) could be a great way to add a unique aesthetic to a room.

You need to switch things up in terms of color and patterns. If you have white walls then get some boldly-colored pieces of furniture. Break up the manmade aesthetic with some natural focal points such as plants and flowers. Create recurring themes throughout your house; you could put the same style of plant in every room, for example. And whilst carpet is cozy, it can become a little outdated and unappealing after a few years of wear and tear. Instead, you could opt for timber flooring to give your rooms some character. A few patterned rugs could then add the homely, cozy vibe you want to retain. Get creative with your interior design and let your creativity speak through it. Your personality needs to be visible in your home’s aesthetic.

Improve its exterior.

If your house is still lacking some character after working on its interior then you might want to look to its exterior instead. The outside of your property makes a first impression on you and your guests, whether that’s a good impression or a bad one. Obviously, you want the former to be the case. You need to make sure that your home really shines from the outside so that you feel welcomed into this humble abode before even stepping through the front door. Landscaping can help with this. You could add some flowerbeds to your front lawn, for example. You need to make the front of your property look more vibrant.

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