Look around. What’s up? Are the books on your shelf a reflection of your current interests? Is your kitchen practical and in the bathroom do you have room for everything? The decorative objects, have you chosen them or are they things that have been given to you and you love them because they remind you of happy moments? And now the most important thing, do you feel comfortable in all the rooms? If you already have the answer, you can keep reading!
It’s not you, it’s me…
The questions that you have read just above are intended to invite you to reflect on what your home is like, on the bond you have with it and they are for you. We want to emphasize this: they are for you. And it is that, in all probability, you have heard a million times that it is necessary that “your house talks about you” but, to whom?
What we propose is that you change your focus and stop thinking about what you’re possible guests will think of your house and focus on you and the people who live with you. That you adapt your house to your way of understanding the world, of living, of being in day-to-day life and to your personal tastes. Not doing so and expecting those who visit the house to like it is a mistake that takes you away from what you really need to feel comfortable and, as a consequence, detracts from your personality.
Avoid doing this:
1. Buy “common” furniture
When we place a “matching” dining table with the center table and the TV cabinet or we introduce a headboard into the bedroom and add two “combined” nightstands as we have seen in the store, two things happen:
- The first is that the whole has too much visual weight and, if the room is not very spacious, it can give you the feeling that it is too full;
- The second is that the space loses all personality, since it is a design that you did not build.
The solution: buy the pieces individually, giving prominence to one of them and neutralizing the rest. For example, you can place a wooden bed heads-they are fresh, light and very beautiful- and introduce some small tables with simple lines in white.
2. Copy instead of being inspired
Perhaps this has ever happened to you: you enter an online store, you love what you see and you click the “shop the look” button. However, when you receive it and place it at home it doesn’t look the same… why? Because your essence is missing.
The solution: get inspired and buy the pieces that you like the most and that fit your usage needs. Once you have them at home, value the rest and look for other options to complete the set, introducing, if possible, some original element that you especially like and that is more you: some cushions in your favorite color, a flirtatious and super side table, bed ends. Practice that fits you perfectly or some hanging plants that you are going to place in a macrame pot that you have made yourself. If it brings you something nice, it looks good, promise!
3. Mix more than two styles
This is a consequence of the above: sometimes, we buy decorative objects because we think they are beautiful, without further ado. We don’t stop to think about whether we need them or whether they fit us in terms of style. The consequence is that we have a lot of things of different styles that do not combine with each other… or with us!
The solution: Create a neutral base and introduce a second style from carefully selected pieces. Before buying, always think about whether it will really be useful to you, if you would really like to see it every day at home and what it brings you.
4. Houses “not lived”
Have you noticed that in the photos in decoration magazines there are always objects that seem to have been left there by chance? A pair of reading glasses on an open book, slippers on the bathroom rug, and a “wrongly placed” blanket on the foot of the bed… It is a stylistic resource to reduce the coldness of the images and convey the sensation of “lived-in houses”. ”.
Therefore, do not worry if at home there are some objects that are apparently out of place. It’s okay to leave the toaster on the kitchen counter if you use it every day, if you hang a cup holder outside the cupboard, or if you leave the incense boxes on the round bedside table. What matters is that they are there because you have decided that this is their place and not out of neglect. These objects, left in plain sight, are a reflection of your day to day and how you like to be at home.
5. Inadequate lighting
The luminaires are an eminently practical element. On the market there are lamps of all styles and with beautiful designs, but the decision to introduce a lamp must always be based on a functional reason. However, light is not only used to break the darkness of a room or a specific area, but is also used to create atmospheres.
Indirect light lamps, light garlands or even candles are resources that you can use to create the right environment for each situation. For example, don’t put a reading lamp next to the sofa if you like to read in bed. If you like the idea of having a luminaire there, choose a model designed as ambient light. Remember: the important thing is that it is useful to you and that it helps you live the way you want.