Make Your House a Home

Choosing how to decorate your home can be based upon the building itself. If you live in a modern new building then you might choose decorate differently than you would if you lived in a period house.

If you live in a modern, new build house then it is likely you have large, open-spaced rooms to transform into cosy and pleasant surroundings.

One of the easiest ways to add a homely feel to bigger rooms is to purchase large pieces of furniture to occupy the empty space. If you’ve always dreamed of having huge sofas or a giant coffee table then this is your opportunity to invest in them.

A second interior decorating tip that will help increase the cosiness of your large rooms is to add plenty of plants. Palm trees make an excellent choice for filling up those empty corners but be careful not to go overboard unless a jungle affect is what you’re after!

Laying a rug on the floor is a crafty way to create a snug atmosphere in a large space. Choose one that is big enough to connect all of your furniture pieces together while at the same time complimenting the rest of the colours in your room.

Last on the list for modern homes are wall coverings. Modern home decorating should always entail making the most of your walls and this is one of the most important aspects of creating the impression you desire. There are many ways to do this, as you can hang large paintings and other works of art, display fabric designs or simply have a feature wall where contrasting wallpaper or paint can be used.

Regardless of the style of your home, painting the walls is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to create a new look so get your paintbrushes at the ready.

If you live in a period building then you may want your decoration to be in keeping with the traditional style. Whether you aspire to Georgian streamlining of the diversity of Victorian times, you can decorate your home to suit.

Georgian colour schemes tended to include colours such as burgundy, sage green and blue grey but as the style developed, the shades became lighter. Bare floorboards and oriental rugs would have been commonplace in Georgian times.

Edwardian styling has an informal, feminine focus with flowers and floral patterns and pastel colours. You could opt for floral wallpaper and pastel paints to nail the Edwardian look. When it comes to upholstery choose chintz and damasks in pale colours.

If your home is Victorian then an eclectic mix of styles would be typical of that era. Plump, heavily upholstered furniture and rich dark colours such as ruby reds and forest greens are ideal