I don’t know about you, but when it comes to decorating and furnishing my home I tend to get carried away with picking out things that look pretty and forget that they need to be functional as well. However, it’s easy to make the more practical features of your home aesthetically-pleasing.
Read on for my tips on how to breathe life into these items of furniture.
Lighting is one of the most important practical elements of any room. It’s there to illuminate the space, create the right mood and allow you to see what you’re doing. However, there’s no reason why the lights themselves can’t be attractive to look at.
Think about it, there’s some gorgeous examples of lighting out there, ranging from traditional Moroccan floor lanterns to stained glass Tiffany lamps. Choosing the most decorative light fixtures you can is a great way to make a style statement, as while these products are there to do a job they are also attractive to look at.
My tip is to choose one light that you would like to be a focal point of the room. You could invest in a timeless crystal chandelier to hang from the ceiling, an ornate floor lamp with a paper shade, or a compact but classic desk lamp. You could go really avant-garde with your purchase, so that visitors don’t even realise it is a light until you turn it on.
We all need storage in practically every room of our house. It’s what keeps our homes looking tidy, whether we neatly arrange things on shelves or hide away all our junk out of sight in a cupboard.
While this furniture is purely functional, it’s easy to add a personal touch to it. Of course, the easiest way is to arrange framed pictures and ornaments on them. The top of a cabinet is the perfect dead space to liven up with some of your favourite decorative items. Similarly, you can place ornaments in front of CDs or DVDs on your shelves to make them look more interesting.
Should you wish to get more creative, you can paint shelves, cabinets and wardrobes to add a splash of colour. Whitewashing timber is a popular look at the moment thanks to the shabby chic style. Another idea is to cover them in old wallpaper, newspaper clippings or another patterned paper, before varnishing, which makes a real style statement.
Sofas and armchairs are some of the most expensive items of furniture you can purchase for your home and because they are used for long hours, being sat on while you watch television, clambered on by kids and scratched by pets, it’s often not long before they start to look worn. On top of that, they can begin to look dated.
Of course, these are practical furnishings and the most important thing is that they’re comfortable to sit on. However, if you feel they’re looking past their best it’s possible to make them more aesthetically-pleasing rather than buying something new.
Go out and purchase some new fabric and you can have your sofa and chairs reupholstered in it. This is a great way of fooling visitors into thinking you have splashed out on a new three-piece – yet you’ll save some valuable cash.
These are just a few of the ways you can improve the look of old pieces of furniture, but what are yours?
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