It’s no secret that everyone wants to live in a gorgeous home. So, you might be wondering how to make your home a truly beautiful space, especially if you are unsure of how you are going to get your home improvement projects moving. You may have been inspired by what you have seen on TV or in magazines, but when starting this yourself, you need to take more practical steps.

Start by thinking about your walls 

There are so many options here, so it’s a good place to start. This can include leaving the brick bare for a more rustic look or going for something a little bit more sophisticated and niche. You might find that looking into certain types of plaster can really help your home to stand out, and it might compliment your interior perfectly. For example, you might want to look at the unusual and ancient method called tadelakt. If you are finding out about this method for the first time, you can find out more about the history of tadelakt here

Use for the whole room or just a feature wall?

The key here is to discover what will work for feature/accent walls in your rooms. Not all rooms need a feature wall, whereas others need it in order to work well with your furniture. A feature wall is a wall that looks different from the others. For example, if you have beige walls and one of them has wallpaper on it or is painted a different colour or plastered using a different technique like tadelakt.

Don’t forget natural lighting 

Once you have decided on the walls, you are going to need to think carefully about the implementation of lighting in your home. Natural lighting can be key to making your home look bigger, airier and fresher. There can be a lot of other benefits to living in a space that has a lot of natural light, too. You will then have to decide between wanting curtains, which are great for winter and privacy, or blinds – which can be great for airflow and more precise control over the amount of light that you have coming into rooms. Using both together can be expensive, but you do get the best of both worlds. 

Decide between hardwood floors vs. carpets

Choosing between hardwood floors and carpets can be a difficult decision to make. You will find that each has its pros and cons, and some are likely to be more of a deal breaker than others – so you need to weigh them up carefully.

Pros of hardwood floors:

  • They look nice, and you can have a range of styles and patterns.
  • They are long-lasting and durable if you invest in quality.
  • They are easy to clean, as you can sweep or vacuum them.
  • Rugs don’t clash with them so much and can be swapped to make a room feel different.

Cons of hardwood floors:

  • They can require a lot of upkeep if you don’t care for them properly.
  • They can be expensive to install.
  • They can scratch and mark easily from use and furniture.
  • They can be uncomfortable after long periods of standing on them. 

Pros of carpets:

  • They can be great heat insulators.
  • They can feel pleasant to walk and stand on barefoot or in slippers.
  • Floors aren’t so slippery, and you have some cushioning if you fall over.
  • A nice carpet can make a room look amazing if you have corresponding furniture and walls. 

Cons of carpets:

  • They can easily collect dust and dirt, especially if you have a pet.
  • They can stain and be expensive to clean.
  • They can quickly look outdated if not given the right care and attention.
  • They can keep small pests, such as ants and silverfish, hidden from sight for longer periods. 

To wrap everything up

Your home is a key part of your life and well-being, so waking up somewhere that inspires you can set the tone for the rest of your day. Luckily, there are lots of ways that you can make your home more appealing.

You need to spend some time thinking about lighting and how much natural light you want to let in to make rooms feel bigger or cosier. You will also need to think about the finish on your walls and whether a feature wall will help bring your furniture and the walls together to make a room that looks easy on the eyes. Then there is the decision to make about whether to opt for carpet or hardwood floors, as they both have their ups and their downsides. All of these contribute to putting your stamp on where you live and creating somewhere you are happy and contented.

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