We have all seen the stylish homes on the TV, where every room looks like an art gallery. Every item has a particular place and there isn’t a spec of dust on any of the reflective, smooth, and clearly very expensive furniture. In this article, I’m going to be talking about how you can achieve the ‘showroom house’ look in your home, and why it will please more than just the eye.
Have a feature wall
A common wall to choose is one with a fireplace on, or the largest wall in the room so that it can become the main attraction of the room. You could go for extravagant wallpaper to add a feel of luxury and class to the room instantly. Others choose to simply have their feature wall a darker color and then add some artwork or something to catch the eye.
Doing this highlights the best part of the room which makes the structure of the room seem logical. So not only do the walls look good, but because it is laid out in such a way that’s pleasing to the eye, it creates a better ambience.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to flooring. Depending on the size of your room, dark tiles can really tie in well with your feature wall. Although, if your room is quite small, you may opt for a lighter colored flooring with a feature rug in the middle of the room. This could be through plush carpet, wooden flooring, or even lino that’s lightly patterned to give the impression that it’s an expensive floor. If you can’t afford expensive carpet, buying thicker underlay will give the carpet a much more expensive feel.
If you do want to go all out, you could go for marble floor tiles which will really class up your home. Marble floor tiles are also very easy to clean because your mop glides over the surface so easily. A winner in the cleaning department!
Going back to the option of having a feature wall a little, some people choose to structure their feature wall around their window. This works well especially if you have an unusually shaped window in the room, or it’s a bay window.
If your windows are rather generic, consider using home window tinting. Not only will it add even more style to the room, but it will bring more privacy and keep the room cooler. This is because it absorbs solar energy from outside of your home, reducing the need to use your air conditioning unit; thus saving you money on your energy bills.
Even though the idea of minimalist means to not have personal items on display, the exception within this is ornaments, mirrors and curtains. Having large plush curtains really ties a room together well, even if they’re not in use as such.
Large feature mirrors can also create a completely different feel within a room without making it look cluttered. Mirrors often open up the space within a room. Ornaments that are relevant to the room can finish off a room perfectly. For example, having ornamental plates within your dining room will straight away show what the room is for (apart from the table, of course.)
Even though rugs have already been mentioned in this article, they are a fabulous way of finishing off a room. They add a sense of homeliness to the room without taking away any style. For example, if you have chosen to have tiled flooring, the rug will soften the look of the hard floor. It will be an inviting feature of the room, plus, there are so many different rugs to choose from that you’re spoilt for choice.
With tons of furniture options out there, it can be difficult to know what to go for. One key thing to go for when planning out furniture for a room is to not make it look too full. I’ve broken it down into rooms and I will give a few suggestions for each room, showing you how to achieve the look in whichever room you desire. Doing this in each room will also make your home look cleaner, more organised, and tidy. Not having personal possessions on show is what you’re setting out to achieve. You want to be able to walk into a room, and it be clear what the purpose of that room is.
- Bedroom. Using your bed as a focal point in your bedroom will draw the eye in. A large bed with a luscious headboard will add sophistication to the room instantly. People often choose to put the bed against the feature wall to tie in the structure of the room.
When it comes to wardrobes and storage, try to be clever with what you buy. Have pieces of furniture that secretly store all of your belongings. You can buy beds that have storage compartments, ottomans, bedside tables and of course, wardrobes.
Try this: Placing your bed against your feature wall and adding matching bedside tables to each side. At the end of your bed, place an ottoman for storage and style. Opposite your bed, put your wardrobe against the wall. On the two remaining walls, you could choose to put a dressing table, or your chest of drawers. Add some features to the room like ornaments, rugs and mirrors and your room is complete.
Living room. Often in living rooms, the television is the focal point of the room. Consider mounting it onto your feature wall for extra style. This will also create more space within the room. With your seating, place your couches in such a way around the television that it makes sense. Make sure that each of the seats can comfortably see all areas of the room, especially the feature wall.
It’s likely you will have DVDs, games for your consoles and other accessories for your television. A great way to stylishly store these is to buy a unit to put against the feature wall underneath your TV. This is often a cabinet of some sort, where you can display relevant ornaments to the room and secretly hide your DVDs.
The key to successfully creating the right look within your living room is to make sure that the layout of your furniture is open plan. This ensures the room looks bigger and creates an inviting atmosphere within the room.