It’s nice to have beautiful spaces in your home, but wouldn’t it be better if it’s highly functional too? Here, we’ll talk about how to achieve it without blowing up all of your life’s savings. Without further ado, here are the top eight tips that will help you create a space that’s as gorgeous as it is practical.
Light It Up
Natural lighting can make your space both pretty and practical. Not only will it help reduce eye strain (artificial lighting tends to do that), but it can also help enhance your mood and boost happiness. And, if you work from home, natural light may also help improve your productivity.
If your current arrangement is limiting you from adding the ultimate lighting source (aka windows), worry not, for these tips will help channel more sunshine into your space:
- Get rid of things that block your windows ー inside and out.
- Rearrange your furniture to usher more light in.
- Install window coverings that are easy to roll or tie up.
- Repaint your walls with lighter colors, such as neutral, earthy hues.
- Opt for light-reflecting flooring made from laminate, ceramic, wood, or stone.
- If you prefer carpets, go for lighter colors.
- Use mirrored, glass, or metallic decorations and accessories.
Don’t Go Overboard
Many of us tend to decorate and decorate to the point that everything looks like a big mess. So if you want to keep your space lovely without losing its functionality, don’t go overboard with the design.
Your couch, for example, should still have enough seating room despite the decorative throw pillows. The same goes for the table, which should be able to maintain its function despite the embellishments on top of it. You should be able to put something on the surface, not on top of the decor surrounding it!
Utilized Unused Areas
Look around your house. Notice how many areas are unused or under-utilized? If you want to create a beautiful and functional home, then you need to take advantage of these spaces.
The best example here is the area underneath the stairs. You can transform it into an extra storage space or perhaps a small nook for fellow book lovers. You can even put a small daybed underneath it if the area permits.
Select Stylish Storage
Storage space is a common concern among many homeowners, and many resort to adding cabinets and shelves that are not necessarily attractive.
The good news is you can keep more clutter in a chic fashion with the help of stylish storage. Opt for storage ottomans that you can sit on or put your feet on, or use beautiful bins to add fanciness to your space.
Organize Your Cabinets
Cabinets are not only for storage. They can add a touch of elegance too. But let’s be honest: some of us tend to stuff everything into the cabinet. That’s why we often find it hard to get the one thing we chucked inside a few weeks ago.
If you want your cabinet’s insides to look as good as it does outside, organize it well. Buy dividers and containers that will help you separate the items inside. Not only will this make the inside space look neater, but it’ll help you find the things you need faster too.
Embellish Your Electronics
Electronics such as TVs, sound systems, modems, and cords are crucial, but they can disrupt the otherwise cozy look of your space. Instead of moving them, the best thing you can do is embellish them. Frame your TV, cover your cords, and place some of your electronics on a decorative shelf. Doing so will blend your gadgets well with the rest of your room.
Go For Laminate Countertops
Granite, limestone, and marble countertops are charming 一 but porous. They have small holes where liquids and organisms can get into quickly. You can seal them, but you need to redo this process every year. If you want a beautiful kitchen counter that doesn’t need much maintenance, opt for laminate countertops instead.
These kitchen countertops are relatively easy to install; you can even do it without the help of a professional. They’re also priced reasonably, as they’re five to six times cheaper than granite and quartz styles.
Most importantly, they look just like the more expensive countertops. Whether you’re looking for a style that mimics white marble or oiled soapstone, an affordable laminate version is your best choice.
Get Your Concrete Surfaces Sealed
Concrete surfaces are great additions to every home. Not only are they beautiful (think painted or acid-stained), but they’re also suitable for radiant heating. Concrete is also easy to maintain as long as you have them sealed.
As the name suggests, concrete sealing helps protect the surface from spills, dirt, grit, and unsightly damage. It’ll also protect it from moss growth, which would require moss removal (pressure washing won’t always work.) Without sealing, your concrete will look unpleasant immediately ー even if you just installed it.
Remember: Prevention (sealing) is better than cure (repair.)
Creating a beautiful and functional space is easy. With the proper lighting, storage bins, and surfaces (countertop and concrete), to name a few, you can make every space in your home stylish and useful.