It can seem like a daunting task, turning a space that used to belong to someone else into a home for you and your family. Here’re a list of our top four things to consider when creating your home.
1. Use of Space
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Some people opt to have a more formal room with the best furniture and a light colour that is not always compatible with family life. These rooms are for special occasions or when guests visit and are rarely a place you go to relax; they are a tidy reception space often designed to impress on some scale. The same home will often have a more comfortable space where the family can relax. The sofas here will be comfy to encourage snuggling up and the colours a little darker and forgiving on stains and mess. The difference in the feel of these two spaces has been achieved purely through decoration, and it reflects how the family like to live and receive guests. In short, it makes use of the space in their house in a way that suits their character, an essential element of a home. In contrast, some people prefer to use every available space and are happy to receive guest in rooms they also slob out in. It really does depend on your preference and personality.
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This one may seem obvious, but it goes beyond a roaring fire in the winter, particularly if you have children to consider. Rooms that are too hot or too cold effect the way we sleep, the activities we do and how much time we spend in them. Making sure your family are comfortable is one of the easiest ways to ensure you home is a retreat during hot summer days and cold winter nights. Visit http://www.lairdandson.com to find out what heating or cooling system is best suited to your home and your family.
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It is the first thing we think about when we buy a house or fancy a change. Decorating is our way of putting a personal stamp on four bare walls and transforming a plain space into a home we can relax in. How you use the space and the kind of look you are going for will all dictate how your rooms are styled. Some people love the cluttered, family look and others find it difficult to switch off if everything’s a mess. Making a room feel cosy and welcoming whatever your personality is key to transforming your house into a home. Books, whether they are stacked on tables or arranged neatly in the bookcase, instantly transform a space and are a great choice for making a room feel homey. Make use of different textures by layering relaxing spaces, like your bedroom or living room, with soft throws, plush rugs and comfy cushions.
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In the end, we create these welcoming spaces for the people in our lives. Whether we use our homes to entertain friends, catch up with family or play with our children, it is the people we fill them with that make them the spaces we want to be in most.