8 June, 2017
Science has repeatedly shown that keeping your home clean is beneficial to your health in many ways: you sleep better, you feel happier, you’re more likely to exercise, and it boosts your feeling of accomplishment.
But for some of us, the thought of keeping our home clean evokes long-buried feelings of resentment and rebellion surrounding undesirable chores of childhood. “Clean your room before you go outside!” – Bring back any memories? So how can you make the thought of keeping your home tidy more appealing?
The answer: make it a space you love! It’s time for a home makeover. If you love how it looks when it’s put together, you’ll be more motivated to keep it that way. So here are some easy ways to update your home and turn your rooms into a place you’ll want to entertain.
Add Some Color
Keep your walls and larger furniture pieces in neutral, nondescript colors and include pops of color to make the room stand out. This also makes it easy to swap out whatever color you pick for some new hues if you get bored with it. Choose a couple of colors you love and show them off in vibrant accent pieces, artwork, throw pillows, and blankets. If you need help deciding on which colors to use, take a hint from your wardrobe.
You will probably see a trend in the colors you tend to gravitate towards and wear the most – it’s what you feel the most comfortable in. So, dress your room in the same way. If you feel your best in deep jewel tones, feature some artwork with bold plum or emerald. If you feel your best in bright, spring-time hues, look for citrusy throw pillows and decorative accents.
Set the Tone with Accent Pillows and Window Treatments
They’ve been mentioned above, but the versatility of accent pillows can’t be overstated – especially in the bedroom where the bed draws the most attention. They let you quickly change the personality and overall feel of your bedroom by adding volume to your bed, variations in texture, and pops of color.
Window treatments also play into this because of their large size, and because they are framing a light source they naturally draw the eye. Incorporate them into the color scheme that you’ve chosen from your room. Go with gauzy, flowy curtains for a light, airy feel. Use patterned curtains for an informal look, and blinds if modern is more your style.
Incorporate Personalized Artwork
Your home is a personal spot – which makes it ideal for displaying personal photos. Surround yourself with images of people and pets you love. Determine a hanging layout by tracing the frames you intend to use onto paper, cutting out the shapes, and arranging them in different ways until you find one that works. You can also look up common gallery wall configurations online.
Move Things Around
This is quite effective for making your room feel like a whole new place, and the best part is that rearranging furniture costs nothing but can give your large or small design space a different feel. For a funky new arrangement, try angling your furniture from a corner instead of the typical wall placement.
Mix Up the Textures
Sight isn’t the only sense that plays into a feeling of comfort – touch is important too. It’s an easy fix also – swap out a furry accent pillow from winter for a linen one when the weather warms up. Consider your tastes and the style you want to convey when choosing textures. If your bedroom has a modern feel, look for smooth, crisp lines like leather and stainless steel. If it’s more of a romantic vibe, consider velvet or furred throw pillows, embroidery, and lace.