Home is where the heart is. But if you want a home with heart, then you need to put a little bit of yourself into the space that you live in. You need to consider the decor, the furniture, and the functional elements that make your home feel like it’s perfect — not just in general, but for you.
How do you do that? Read on. In this article, we’ll explore some of the ways that you can customize your home and make it feel more like the place you’ve always dreamed of living in.
Shaping your space with furniture
Your furniture does a lot to influence the way that your rooms work. A room with several wooden chairs feels different from a room with one plush loveseat. The types of furniture that you choose and the materials within them matter quite a bit to the feel of a given room, and so does the arrangement of that furniture.
When you’re choosing furniture, think about the vibe that you want for your room. The clean and simple look of amish furniture, for instance, will give your space a more comfortable, cozy, and unassuming look. Switch it up with industrial or minimalist pieces, and you’re suddenly going to be looking at a different room.
Just as important as the furniture you choose is how you arrange it. Don’t just lock up your furniture against the wall; instead, let furniture move into the center of rooms to create “zones.” A sofa can do double duty as a room divider. A set of chairs can face the TV, or they could face each other — creating a conversation space that changes the whole feel of the room.
People have always sought to make their homes more comfortable and functional. But we have more tools than ever to accomplish these tasks. Thanks to the rise of smart home devices, we now have the power to make our home convenient and, in some ways, automated.
Which smart devices will make the most difference to you is, of course, for you to decide. You’ll want to start with a “hub,” which keeps all the devices you buy connected and makes it easy for you to communicate with all of them through just one app (of course, this is only true if all the devices are compatible, so you’ll have to be careful when you shop. You may end up having to use a couple of apps instead of just one). Starting with a smart speaker is a great idea, because the AI assistants that live in those smart speakers — ones like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant — can often double as smart home hubs.
From there, you’ll have all sorts of options. Smart light bulbs and doorbell cameras are great options. A smart thermostat is always a popular choice. And what about a photo manager like ibi, a SanDisk product that makes cloud storage of photos in your home a breeze? Ibi is an example of some of the smart home devices that really connect your home to the outside world — in this case, to a secure cloud server that has room to store all of your memories.
You can do a lot to transform your home without swinging a hammer, but serious home improvement projects can be powerful ways to transform your space. If you want more space, a home addition can give you that; if you’re sick of your outdated kitchen or bathroom, a remodeling job can fix that.
And don’t forget about your outdoor space. A patio or outdoor kitchen can bring your cozy at-home feeling to the space outside of your house, and great landscaping can change the way that you look at your front or backyard.