Your home is your safe space. It serves as that one place where you recharge your body and refresh your mind after a day’s work. For this reason alone, your home must be able to provide a relaxing ambience that energizes you for another day ahead.
Psychological studies back this up idea by saying that your surroundings are main influences in driving your emotions. Research from the University of Minnesota has indicated that humans have a strong need for safety and security, and look for those attributes in their immediate environment. You are also likely to look for physical comfort, like a resting spot with the right temperature, humidity and overall feel. In addition, you tend to seek an environment that is psychologically comfortable. For example, environments that are familiar, but offer the right amount of stimuli.
Given this, the big question right now is how that physical comfort and appeal be achieved. One of the easiest ways to do it is by customizing your home. Many have already taken this step, and some are actually taking it to the next level. Though it may seem unusual, avant-garde decor makes your home more unique and potentially soothing enough to make your more comfortable than ever. Achieve that ultimate home condition with these three unique decoration hacks that you can follow to make your home awe-inspiring.
Weird Designs in Unusual Spaces
Like every other project, you can achieve the best outcome for your home by properly planning the way you’re going to decorate it. These seemingly weird decorations may not always work for your home. The thing to remember when you are decorating your home is to visualize it first. Spend time planning how you are going to put your experimental decorations and figure out in which space it could work best.
Pinpointing the spaces that need to be decorated is integral to make these avant-garde designs work. Do you have that small room, and you just can’t determine what to do with it? Do you have a corner of a room that you want to be functional, but comfortable?
Do-it-yourself banquette seating that doubles as storage is a great way to milk a corner for as much storage and style as you can while still keeping it fairly flexible for other purposes. You can do this by bringing in a multi-functional table, and you’ve got yourself a more functional work space.
Similarly, that space behind doors can be the perfect location for your next project. Leaving a door partially open most of the time, the space can be converted into a nice little nook. Usually, this door can’t swing all the way back when opened. What it does instead is create a wall for a nook that has a sturdy furniture piece. Put in a piece of artwork and even lighting to attract attention. The fact that the area is partially obscured by the door makes it even more alluring.
Small nooks off of entryways and stairwells are extra special as they often have very strange shapes. They’re the perfect spots for strange collections of elements that you don’t have another place for, as well as for bold design ideas you’ve been meaning to try out. One good method for working around unique spots is to literally work around them — add your decor to the area around the elements that are sticking out, folding them into your design composition.
Make Your Home Pop with Color and Lighting
The best home designers always look to distinguish what palette they could use and the scheme that makes those colors pop. While there are a lot of general rules to follow for color schemes in interior design, what you should always remember is that you are performing something experimental. There are rules, but they are not strict. What you can do is to integrate the ideas of scheming in interior design onto your project, pick ideas and select what works best for you.
One good tip by interior designers is to pick a hue similar to the color of your clothes. Most people buy clothes in colors they like to wear as they look and feel good in them. Similarly, you should dress your rooms in colors that flatter you. If denim is your go-to look, consider a navy sofa. If you are at your best in bright yellow, try mixing in a few citrusy accents with pillows or accessories.
When decorating a space, professionals usually divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories). This ratio ensures that the colors are properly balanced and there’s just enough pop for interest.
If you decorate following your own, personal taste, other people would appreciate it more because they could see you in it, even if they’d never decorate their own house in the same way. That means if you want to make every room in your house red, white and blue, go for it. You can make any color look good as long as it truly suits your personal style.
Work with What You Have
Have you inherited a great collection of books from your parents, and you just don’t know what to do with them? Have you ever received an amazing gift, especially unique, decorative gifts like the ones shown here? Have you ever wanted to put these things out for the world to see?
Dare to use what you have in front of you. You might just find that the things you already own could bring your home the ambience and style you’re looking for.
If you have items in your home that are usually stuck in storage, you can use them to make your house even more fascinating. Usually, books are ever-present in almost any home. Instead of just storing them in an out-of-the-way bookshelf or in boxes under your bed, why not use them to enhance your style and decorate your home?
The simplest way to show off your books is by simply displaying them on shelves. Large bookshelves make a great statement and show off your entire collection. Just be sure to arrange your books in a way that is aesthetically pleasing, and it won’t look like you just ran out of storage space. Some books, particularly old ones that have illustrations, can be turned into great art and show great personality. You could either use the pages themselves or make prints of them, and then place the prints in frames to display around your home.
If you happen to have a fondness of mirrors, you could place one in every room. Mirrors can make a space feel brighter because they bounce the light around the room. However, placing one in the wrong spot can be almost as bad as not having one at all. Put mirrors on walls perpendicular to windows, not directly across from them. Hanging a mirror directly opposite a window can bounce the light right back out the window.
Also, large and wide walls can may be ready for a little makeover. Cover the walls with your picture collection or paintings, and have yourself a mural of art. The thing is, if you truly love something, you’d want to put it on display. Use and enjoy your antiques and unique finds, especially in a utilitarian room like the bathroom.