So many discussions of home improvements seem to focus on the functional. And that’s just fine; some simply want a liveable space which gains in value as the years progress, rather than depreciates. But such a utilitarian approach can sometimes jeopardise the aesthetics of a house, an equally important aspect to contentment and continued life satisfaction, we think.
Time away from thinking about the faucet, insulation foam and the rest can be very liberating, indeed. With that in mind, it’s all about the cosmetics today; here’s how to give your home’s aesthetic a makeover in 5 simple steps.
GET CREATIVE WITH WALL ART
Adding wall art is a simple and affordable way to add style to your home interiors without the need to repaint or undertake other time-consuming decorating activities. According to Aspect Wall Art, who know a thing or two about the subject; “wall art can add instant aesthetic appeal to your home and create a focal point.” And that’s what we’re here for, right?
Wall art can also be used to add a splash of colour, texture, and vibrancy to a room, just as much as it’s able to represent a statement of your exquisite taste and grasp of the zeitgeist. The best part, perhaps, is that wall art is super easy to introduce to a room (usually by hanging), which makes it a quick and low-cost way to upgrade your interior design. There is a fantastic selection of wall art available; think outside the box and be creative, though do ensure that you find something that will complement your decor and suit your style and taste.
SHED LIGHT, MAKE SPACE
Mirrors can be used to create the illusion of space within a room, which gives the overall aesthetic of your place a huge lift, reflecting light around and helping make things appear larger and brighter. There is a huge selection of mirrors available in various sizes and styles, with large, decorative mirrors best at creating a statement, and smaller mirrors offering a more contemporary feel, as well as being perfect at hiding flaws in rooms, i.e., to cover cosmetic wall damage.
Home accessories can be another easy way to elevate your interior design aesthetic and add individuality to an otherwise rather identikit looking space. To create a unique and eye-catching style, some of the most popular home accessories to consider buying include decorative cushions, rugs, throws, artificial plants, and picture frames.
CREATE A GALLERY WALL
Gallery walls have become increasingly visible in modern day home design as they allow homeowners to show off their sense of positioning, framing, and curation in a way that a single picture doesn’t. You can easily create a gallery wall in your bedroom, the living room, or in the stairway; all you need is a variety of framed prints and a bit of creativity to position them in a way that looks visually appealing and cohesive. That said, this thing doesn’t have to be overly abstract or artistic; you can also create a gallery wall using family photographs for a more sentimental touch.
ADD SOME NATURAL ELEMENTS
Bringing nature into your home can be an affordable way to create a more soothing aesthetic. The added (though admittedly, negligible) bonus of a houseplant’s air purifying capabilities shouldn’t be sniffed at either. Unless, of course, you’re allergic to them.
Plants and flowers can instantly breathe life into your home and give its overall aesthetic a huge lift. There is an excellent variety of low-maintenance indoor plants out there that are easy to look after, some of the best of which include Chinese Evergreen, Yucca, Spider Plant, Aloe Vera, and Peace Lily.
You can also buy high-quality artificial plants and flowers that will remain looking beautiful without the need to water or trim them. Another easy way to bring some greenery into your home is by starting a herb garden or keeping freshly cut bunches of flowers in vases around your home. So many options!
SPRUCE UP YOUR EXTERIOR
All this focus on ‘interior design’ while our house’s facade lies derelict and unloved…
But first impressions count, and the initial judgments on your place’s aesthetic will be made from on the street.
Indeed, the appearance of your home’s exterior creates a lasting impression and sets the expectation for the rest of your home. For that reason, don’t neglect your front garden, driveway, any window boxes…even your front door deserves love. Luckily, there are plenty of easy and low-cost ways to spruce up your home’s exterior and boost its curb appeal. Here are a few ideas:
- Keep your front and back yard tidy by cutting the grass, removing weeds and debris, and trimming trees and hedges.
- Plant some attractive flowers to add colour to your outdoor space.
- Use a power washer to clean your driveway and entranceway.
- Repaint your garage door, front door, and window frames in a bold, matching hue.
- Add window boxes with colourful flowers and plants.
- Inspect your home exterior regularly and repair any damage such as missing tiles or cracked bricks.
THE BOTTOM LINE
We’ve all been spending a little more time than usual at home recently, and this looks set to continue for a while longer yet. Rather than staring at beige, unadorned walls and lamenting the lack of visual stimulation in your gaff, why not focus on improving your home’s aesthetic to make it a more pleasurable space to spend time? We’re right there with you!