Every home is an investment, and like every investment, you need to monitor it, care for it, reinvest, and strengthen its value at every turn. The investment, in this case, of course, is to the benefit both to the property’s overall value and your happiness within it. Good design can make you feel proud and content, but great design can transport you away to a faraway place that becomes the purest definition of home.
Your property should relax you and should entice you. It should be the best place in the world to be, and with proper design that improves the function and aesthetics of your home, it can.
Have Clear Design Focus
It can be all too easy to get caught up in possibilities and to throw too many design ideas together. That is one of the hardest parts of properly designing a home, even with all the resources at your disposal. To help you, you will want to collect all the ideas you have together. Narrow this down and curate over a period of time and then group them.
You might find that there are one or two overarching design trends that you love. These umbrella design ideas are what you need to focus on. Everything underneath the umbrella will work in harmony together.
Don’t Stick to One Theme, Stick to one Harmony
That’s why you can mix and match themes. The only thing you need to aim for is that the property feels cohesive, that there is a natural flow. This flow is what will open up even small spaces and make your home feel more calming and cohesive.
Relay on Natural Textures for Timeless Appeal
A great way to promote this harmony is to stick with natural textures. Woods, stones, bricks, and even metals all work together and can be installed in a variety of ways from mid-century to modern and beyond. Not only are they timeless, how they will look fifty years from now is also much more predictable.
Choose Quality and Build Slowly
Another important thing to remember is that quality is going to be the key to any successful redesign. If you need to wait to add quality items and designs to your home, then do so. Small updates and progress are actually better for your property as it gives you space to be critical of what your space needs and what will suit it best.
Prioritize Light and Access to Nature for a Happy Home
When designing, it is important to focus on your access to light and to nature. We feel calm, healthy, and well when we are in brightly lit spaces surrounded by plants and the outdoors. Bringing those two elements into your home is going to be very important.
You can do this by changing the windows, adding skylights or even a conservatory. Using reflective surfaces, bright walls, and mirrors can also do the trick.
As for nature, design your space with plant life in mind. Large windows should showcase landscaping, and your home should be decorated with beautiful plants to improve the air quality and design of your home.
Tip: You could benefit massively from a kitchen garden. These can be grown outside or even on porches vertically. You will enjoy the beauty, and have fresh produce throughout the year.
Improve the Function of a Home Before the Design
Before you commit to any aesthetic changes, it is important to improve the function of your home. Ensure there is enough storage for your belongings so that nothing you want out in the open is. You need to know that it is well insulated, the heating is efficient, that the kitchen is suitable for your needs, and so on.
Improving these areas can feel like you are always behind the starting line, but once you start to commit to more aesthetic changes the difference will be phenomenal.
Focus on the External Design to Improve Overall Satisfaction
A lot of the time, we will focus on the inside of a property, but if you really want to feel that sense of pride from the moment you step foot on your property you will want to also improve the external walls and your landscaping. Beautiful garage doors can really add character to a property, and well-designed landscaping can make it into the picture-perfect getaway you always dreamed of.
In some cases, the curb appeal can do more than just provide a great look. It can help insulate your home and provide you with more privacy. Never underestimate these qualities. By adding in landscaping that blocks the view from the road or the neighbors, you can better give yourself the sense of being in a rural area. For city dwellers this can provide sound-proofing and serenity to an otherwise busy lifestyle.
Invest in Quality Details
Details are everything. They are what draw the eye and help make any property feel richer. Switch out the taps, the doorknobs, the hinges, the garage doors, and you will see character-forming in your property.
Lighting, rugs, and other similar details are all important, which is why they deserve to be switched to something beautiful and why you need to be patient until you find the right design that just sings to you.
Keep Your Home Simple
Overdoing in art often means ruining it. Thankfully with home design, you can remove things just as easily as you can put them in, but it’s better to keep the design simple from the get-go. This will offer a huge benefit: you’ll learn to live with less.
Appreciating what we have is so crucial to our mental health and wellbeing, and far too often we will use the excuse of decorating our home to buy things it doesn’t need and we don’t love. By being highly selective and building slowly, you can ensure your design is timeless, unique to you, and beautiful. You will breathe easy without being drowned down with stuff, and instead, be able to enjoy the design choices you have made in their entirety.