Tips to Personalize Your Space
By Paige Tepping
RISMEDIA, June 4, 2010--Buying and moving into a new home can be a stressful process, but for many homeowners, the fun is just starting. A new home in a new location offers the perfect opportunity for homeowners to reclaim their space and personalize it by using objects, furniture and themes that are important or meaningful. Here, the experts at Ryland Homes offer tips to help you find your inner decorator and personalize your home so that it suites you for years to come.
Be true to you. Your home tells a story about you, so fill it with objects that you enjoy. Decorate for you – not for others.
Tread cautiously with trends. Trends are great, but not always practical for your lifestyle or your pocketbook. Ask yourself if the design you implement today is the one you’ll want to look at years from now.
Think of others. When planning your space, imagine it with people in the room. Often, homeowners try to decorate their homes like pictures they see in a magazine. But those are for photo shoots – not for real life. Instead, focus on what’s comfortable and functional for you, your family and your guests.
Focus. Find an inspiration around which to focus your design, whether it be a piece of furniture, art or a meaningful antique. By planning your design around your most prized items, you can maintain focus and stay true to your style.
Wow ‘em with white. Nothing brightens a room like a touch of white. By simply adding a white throw pillow or towel to a room, you can make it feel cleaner, brighter and more luxurious.
Think in 3-D. Don’t forget that every room has three surfaces to consider: the walls, floor and ceiling. Each helps establish the mood.
Cast the best light. Even the best design can look shabby in poor lighting. Choose good lighting to maximize your surroundings.
Look ahead. Kitchen and bathroom upgrades tend to offer the most return on investment when it comes time to sell your home, so don’t overlook upgrades like tile and cabinetry.
Thanks Paige, everyone can learn something from your article.
Rich Ferretti, Mint Hill Real Estate Professional.