Widely acknowledged as the hub of family life, the home is where the heart is. A refuge from the outside world, it is important that your home is not only comfortable, practical and stylish, but a reflection of your personality and tastes.
While redesigning your home may sound like a lengthy and complicated process, there are a few simple tips and tricks that can make a big difference.
Living Room: In many homes, the living room is a social area. A welcoming, open-plan design with plenty of seating space is popular among families, while trendy couples may favour statement sofas and chic ornaments.
If cool tones are used on the walls, then these can be contrasted with rich hues in berry shades to create a contemporary look. Mixing textures with rugs, cushions and drapes will provide depth.
Kitchen: As the heart of a family home, the kitchen is one of the most-used rooms in any house. Whether you enjoy family meals, entertaining guests or solo catering, it is important that you have a kitchen that is practical, clean and easy to work in.
Integrated appliances can help to free up counter space and add extra cupboard storage, while additions such as an island counter or breakfast bar provide a social area for family or guests to sit.
Dining Room: If you enjoy regular sit-down family meals or entertaining guests, then it is worth investing time, money and effort in your dining space. An elegant and understated theme with neutral colours will provide a relaxed and open atmosphere, while interesting wall décor or ornaments can spark conversation.
Bedroom: As a place of rest, it is vital that your bedroom’s colour palette is conducive to a good night’s sleep. Pale blues, lilacs and greens have a more soothing quality, while a warm cream can provide a muted background to colourful quilts or bed sets. The style, shape and make of your bed is also important, as it is an area where you spend a large portion of your evening.
A good bed, for example those from Time4Sleep, can provide a focal point for your room, as well as warmth, comfort and support. With a wide range of frames, materials and styles available, you can pair your favourite with bold designs, throw pillows or a colourful bed spread to draw the eye.
Bathroom: The centre of relaxation, a well-designed bathroom can offer the means to unwind after a stressful day. Calming neutral colours combined with cleverly concealed storage space and clear surfaces provide a spa-like atmosphere, while spacious bathtubs can be equipped with Jacuzzi or whirlpool features.