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How To Add A Bit Of Purpose To Every Part Of The Home
16 Jul 2016

How To Add A Bit Of Purpose To Every Part Of The Home

If you’re new to decorating the insides of your own home, it can be easy to get caught up in all the style tips. To get pulled from one style to the other and which is best. It can all get a bit confusing. Instead, think about it in another way. Think about how you use each space in your house. Below, we’ll be looking at different ways you can really make use of the home. Here, we’ll show you how to add purpose to your house.

Rethinking color

To start off with, we’re going to look at a rather big concept in decorating. However you use colors. Many guides will tell you which colors are best for what rooms. Here, instead, we’re going to tell you how to think dynamically about color. How you should choose a major point of furniture or decoration and try to compliment. Or how you shouldn’t try to use light colors to brighten up a small room. Instead, work with what space the room offers. If it’s smaller, use warm colors instead to make it feel more cozy instead of restrictive. Resene.co.nz lists some room specific choices which can help. However, remember that it’s only a starting off point. Don’t be afraid to break outside the rules that experts establish.

The entrance

Now, if we’re going to explore room by room, you need to start with the start. The entrance is going to be the first thing you see when you come back every day. It’s also going to be the first impression that your home gives visitors. If you care about how your home looks, don’t you care about that first impression? If so, take the time to make it all the more welcoming and comfortable looking. Add a lick of paint to soften it up and make it look bright and cozy. Surround it with lighting so it doesn’t look dark and desolate at night. If you have a patio, hang or place some plant life around to give it that fresh appeal.

The garden

Speaking of plant life, have you taken a proper look at your garden? Have you thought about the purpose that it should serve you and your family? The first thing that the garden needs to be is tidy. Make sure that you cut the grass and trim any bushes and trees. It’s all part of that first impression. Even if you have a small garden, you can get more out of your garden. If you want a relaxing vista to look on, then think about what flowers will brighten it up the best. If you want a place you can enjoy a meal or invite guests, think about adding decking to your garden. There’s a lot of ways to get use your garden, so don’t stick with a garden that does nothing for you.

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The mudroom

Not every home has one, or even the space to add one. The mudroom should be that part of the hall, right at the start, that welcomes guests and family alike. It lets them kick off their shoes, leave off their bags and hang up their coats. Even if you don’t have space for the full mudroom set up, you can make the same kind of welcoming space. Realsimple.com suggests that you keep even a corner of the hall free. Add a table or a cubby hole, even if you make one in the wall. It’s an important part of making the hall of a home really have a purpose.

Make a statement as soon as they get in the home

It’s not just about function, either. Interior design is about expressing yourself and making a statement about your tastes. The hallway is the perfect place to begin with that. Naturally, you don’t have as much space as you do in the other rooms. That’s why it’s best to be subtle with those statements. For example, look at the kinds of mirrors and small desks amongst the products from Plum Goose and other designers. A desk with a house plant can add that welcoming, lively touch. A mirror can be a perfect tool for making sure you’re looking fine as you leave the home, as well as adding extra dimension to the hall. Don’t just leave It hanging bare.

The family room

It’s more commonly known as the living room, but we all know that it’s really a room that’s mean to be used by the whole family. For that reason, when you’re considering how to get use from it, you need to think of what the family needs. A different range of seating options and cushions, for example, to fit different comfort levels. A coffee table that’s accessible wherever you sit. If there’s a chair further away, perhaps place a small set of drawers nearby they can use (so long as they have a coaster). Think about which accessories do what for the different people using the living room. Personal touches, a comfy rug, houseplants. Which have a place in your living room?

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Maximizing space

It’s not all about how the room fits your needs, either. It’s also about how it doesn’t get in your way. In fact, in just about every room in the home, you need to think about how to maximize space. Not only does it make your passage through the home easier. It also makes it a lot easier to clean. For example, back to the living room. Try and arrange your chairs closer to the center. This leaves an open space around it all that people can quickly and easily maneuver. In rooms that don’t have as much space, think about how you can add more. For example, improving more storage space in the bathroom using vertical space instead of adding more furniture.

Keep the kitchen easy

In terms of rooms where you don’t want things getting in your way, the kitchen has to be the star of their show. It’s the heart of the home, so it needs to be in working order. Storage is one of those first priorities, so think about dishwashers and the like that you can fit under the counters, not next to them. Create small shelves where you can keep some of the most often used ingredients for your cooking. Use granite surfaces that a lot easier to clean than the other varieties. Remember that the kitchen is a room that is all about function. If you find something that can make it easier to organize, then add it by all means.

The bathroom

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t put as much thought into how you make the bathroom easier to use, either. Think about how much space you have to use the bathroom and how many people use it. If it’s a private bathroom, you might want to focus on the feeling of luxury. Of adding a little drawer next to the bath where you can store all the touches that make for a relaxing bathing experience. If you have the space, you can even add a chair. This way, you’re not spending as much time on your feet and you can take the time to relax as you get ready for the day ahead. Think about who uses the bathrooms and what they’ll need from them.

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Your kids’ rooms

Similarly, when it comes to the bedrooms, you need to think about what’s needed from them as well. Regardless of what age they are, your children are going to have a variety of uses for their room. Not only do they need a place to sleep. They need a place they can do their work in peace and a place to create. There are a lot of different additions you can make to their room. For example, there are beds that open into desks, providing two uses for one piece of furniture. Then some will add chalkboard walls so they can really unleash their creativity on it. Even if there are more than one person using the room, you can use partitions to make sure they have their individual private spaces.

The master bedroom

That’s not to say you should ignore the uses that your bedroom has. In particular, your bedroom needs to be a place you can relax in private. The particulars of that are down to you. Are you the kind of person who needs all kinds of cushions and pillows to get comfortable? Who likes nothing more than relaxing in front of the TV? Or perhaps you need a room that doubles as an office so you can work in peace. One addition that everyone should make to their room is having a place to sit that isn’t the bed. That way, you can spend time in private without feeling like you’re just lazing in all day.

In future, when you’re going to make changes, always consider purpose first. Will these changes take something away or will they add? So long as you do that, your home will have everything that it needs.

Lan An

Lan An is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Lan An attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.

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