Your home is a central part of your life. From building a family to escaping the daily grind, the style of your home directly reflects your interests and tastes. So it’s important to style it in a way that lets your personality shine through.
But where do you even begin, and what’s the easiest way to approach this process?
It may be daunting to think about, but we’re here to help. In this article, we’ll take you through three core rooms of your home: the living room, dining room and bedroom. We’ll then guide you on how to style each one in three easy steps.
Living Room: The Guest Area
The Living Room is typically the most commonly used area in your home. You’ll go there to unwind, entertain guests and relax at the end of the day. Due to the high traffic, this is an excellent place to start when styling your home.
Step 1: Clean the clutter.
What’s essential for high traffic areas? Space, and preferably lots of it for easy movement. The quickest way to create more space is by clearing the clutter. Take a step back and look at the existing furniture. Ask: What doesn’t need to be there? Anything in your living room that serves no purpose to your style whatsoever, get rid of it. Or better yet, move it or store it elsewhere.
Coffee tables are a great choice if you’re looking for savvy storage. Many designs will either have shelves underneath to neatly arrange items, or multiple drawers to completely obscure them from public view. A side table could also be beneficial. It doubles as a storage space underneath and a small table on top to display items you’d like to show off to guests. Meanwhile, an entertainment unit not only gives a space for your television, as you can utilise the drawers to store remotes, wires, sound system and other items.
Step 2: Focus on the easy updates.
Now that you’ve created more space in your living room, pinpoint the core essentials. Generally these would be sofas, coffee tables, and entertainment units. Unless you’re patient enough to buy new versions of these, we recommend leaving them as they are. Instead, work around them by adding little additions that match their style.
Remember that space is paramount, so designs with multiple functions will suit your home best. For example an ottoman may be a minor addition, but it has the benefit of being a storage compartment, a footrest and even a seat, all in one.
On the other hand, if you need lots of storage space, consider designs that typically sit against a wall away from the action. Sideboards come to mind, as most as have two large shelves and two or three drawers that you can take advantage of. If you’re a bookworm and you’ve filled the living room with reading materials like magazines, a bookcase alleviates this clutter while still showing off your literary prowess.
Step 3: Add to the vibe with a finishing touch.
Bring the room together with a finishing touch. We recommend looking into home decors, or little things that further convey your personality to guests. If the coffee table is looking rather bare, create some green zen with flowers or a potted plant.
Another great idea is bringing a rug into the fold. Depending on the style and design, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to create a cohesive and consistent style with a rug. Plus, it’s also an extra treat for your feet, making the space even more comfortable when walking around. This step doesn’t need to be too elaborate, as you’ve focused on the key essentials in the previous steps. Keep it simple – as the famous saying goes, less is more.
Dining Room: The People Pleaser
From your family to your guests, this is where everyone will definitely congregate. This rings even more true if your dining area is directly connected to the kitchen. Traffic here is not only high, but irregular, as your guests will move to and fro between areas. When it comes to styling the dining room, preparing for the unexpected is key.
Step 1: Start with a centrepiece.
The dining room will always have many designs to begin with. You probably have a dining table, dining chairs, bar stools, cabinets and much more. When you’ve got this many products in one space, it can be overwhelming to look at.
The solution? Bring in one centrepiece, and have the rest of the designs support that. Think of it like the star in the main act of a play. Making your dining table the centrepiece is the easiest way to go about this.
From there, clean up the space. Ensure the dining table is free from extra clutter, with only minimal additions adorning the centre of it. This could be a stylish vase with flowers, a bowl of fresh fruits, or even an elongated tablemat that runs across the middle.
Step 2: Don’t forget the lighting.
This part sounds minor, but it actually makes or breaks the style of your dining room. Opt for warm lighting – never cold. Cold lighting makes everyone look shallow and malnourished. Whereas, warm lighting creates an inviting ambience, welcoming your guests to the space as it gently illuminates their skin. The warm ambience will also stimulate interaction, encourage photos and help you create fond memories with loved ones. It’s an easy step that can make all the difference in your dining room – it may even be as simple as changing the light bulb.
If you do need to enhance your lighting, pendant lights are a great addition to your dining room. Having two or three lined up, situated directly above the dining table is a savvy way to provide overall illumination that spreads across the entire space. Or you can just have one if you want to create a more subdued mood and only highlight a certain area.
Step 3: Ensure everyone has the right seat
The dining table may be king, but the dining chairs are the loyal knights that support it. The dining chairs play a big role when it comes to comfort, so you need to consider a few characteristics. To get a better understanding, let’s break it down further.
First, the amount of chairs – examine your dining table. What style is it? Round? Rectangular? And how many seats can it fit all around? The common layout is having one chair each at the ends, and then two or three chairs along the sides. Take into account that you still need to have room to squeeze in more seats, should the situation call for it.
Second, the space between each chair – the rule of thumb is every dining chair should provide each person with 24 inches of space to move. This prevents any accidental bumping of elbows and arms while eating and drinking.
Third, the size of the dining chair – allow about 18 inches between the chair seat and bottom of the table. This ensures that when you sit, your legs aren’t too high and low from the ground. Have about 12 inches between the chair seat and table top – this gives clearance for your legs to move, even when crossed.
Last but not least, always have matching backup chairs in case – you never know when you’ll need more seats for unexpected guests!
Bedroom: The Sanctuary
The bedroom is your personal haven. Most of the time, only you and your partner will occupy this area. You can truly personalise it to your tastes. Style it up or style it down – the world is your oyster when it comes to the bedroom. That said, there are some important things to consider.
Step 1: Invest in storage.
Storage is your friend. As this is your personal space, it’s very tempting to run wild and not care about clutter. Everyone has that corner or chair in the bedroom where they dump everything after a long day, from used clothes to bags. Clutter is your worst enemy in the bedroom, so avoid it as much as possible.
Adding a storage ottoman easily fixes the issue. Place it at the foot of the bed or in a corner that needs some love. Ideal for everyday use, you can store used clothes and other clutter inside it for later access. Or even use it as a place to sit while getting dressed for another day. A gas lift bed frame is another idea you can add to the mix, but only store items that you don’t normally access day-to-day in there.
Step 2: Layer your bedding.
The bed, and everything that goes with it, is the centrepiece of your bedroom. Comfort and cosiness is key. After all, you can’t style your home if you haven’t got any energy to start in the first place! Let’s unpack this further, layer by layer, from bottom to top.
First, think about the sheets. If classic style is your forte, we recommend having the sheets in one simple block colour. If you enjoy some quirkiness, a sheet set with a patterned design can easily add a pop of vibrancy. Where possible, try to find these in a set, as they normally include pillow covers too. This keeps your style and colour scheme consistent throughout.
Second, add any additions to your liking. Extra cushions not only enhance the cosiness of the bed, but its overall aesthetic too. If you want to be sleek and straightforward, layer the cushions on top of each other against the headboard. For classic style, sit the pillows vertically against the headboard, then add a small accent pillow in the middle to bring the style together. Or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, mix and match with various cushion covers with different designs and patterns.
Step 3: Show it off and let your life shine.
The bedroom is your space and your space only, so it’s the perfect place to get personal physically, mentally and emotionally. Add designs to the space that bring about positive feelings inside you. Think intimate family photos, wall arts of places you’ve travelled to, quirky little ornaments. Anything that you wouldn’t normally display to guests in the other rooms of your home. Doing this detracts away from a static, studio style bedroom with no personality. Instead, it makes the space truly feel like home, as it embodies your style loud and proud.
These easy steps should provide you with a solid framework to style your home. However, the most important thing to remember is that your home should reflect you the most. Do what works for you, because at the end of the day, you are the one that will occupy the household the most.
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