Redecorating is without doubt one of the most rewarding aspects of owning your own home.
But before you get too excited about Pinterest boards and repurposed antiques, it’s worth remembering that a home is to be lived in, and not just viewed from a distance.
The stylish home of your dreams can still be achieved, but with some careful consideration towards adding not just style, but purpose to your décor.
Future proof your floor with carpet made to last
Where you lay carpet and what sort of footfall it will have to endure will help you narrow down your options. Treat yourself to a luxury soft pile carpet in the bedroom by all means, but you’ll need something with a dense, tight, low-pile tuft in high footfall areas such as stairs and hallways.
Loop pile carpets are the most durable because there are no open ends, making it less likely to pull or shed.
Tip: Nylon, polypropylene, and wool resist wear and tear much better than acrylic and polyester.
Choose chairs that impress for the right reasons
Sofas are where we slouch, lounge, and even snooze, so choosing chairs that impress for the right reasons is important. There's little point having a slim-line sofa if in reality its high-end design is just not that comfortable for family and guests. Often overlooked, yet incredibly comfortable, stylish and practical is purpose furniture such as a recliner chair.
Unlike many seating options, they often come with storage pockets, cup holders, real leather upholstery, and space saving design features that allow you to recline the chair if it is pushed up against a wall.
Add quality light, not quality light fittings
Fancy light fittings may look the part, but often fall short when it comes to lighting a space purposefully.
You may spend hours studying paint charts and mood boards, but it is the light that shows off a space to its potential.
Dimmers are the easiest way to achieve varying levels of natural light. If they aren’t available to you then you should consider changing your bulbs. Ditch the harsh halogen lights for energy saving alternatives that give a soft, warm, and inviting light.
Invest in storage that is handsome as well as handy
Get rid of clutter and restore the look and feel of your room with some creative storage solutions.
A storage trunk not only gives a room a sense of history, but can double up as a feature coffee table as well. A good-quality solid-wood piece can be had for much less than a new coffee table.
If you have them, why not make use of alcoves? Ask a carpenter to create built-in units and paint them in the same shade as the walls so that they blend in.
These are just a handful of ideas that prove it’s absolutely possible to achieve both style and purpose with your décor, to create a home that can be lived in.