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How To Transform Your House Into A Home

 Buying a house is just one part of the process of finding and creating your dream home; the real hard work then lies in transforming that house into a home that reflects your family’s individual style, taste, preferences, and way of living. There are a lot of decisions to make, a lot of design ideas to choose from, and a limitless choice of furnishings and interiors to select from. It can all get a bit overwhelming so we have a step-by-step guide and some practical tips to help you transform those four brick walls into a home that reflects you!

  1. Floors

Do you like wooden floors, tiles, or carpets? First, decide what kind of flooring you would like for your house, and then go about choosing the color scheme. Dark wood or lighter shades. Patterned carpets or plain shades. Vinyl flooring or porcelain tiles. The choices are endless.

If you want variety, you can mix things up as well. For instance, the bedrooms, living room, and lounge area could be carpeted for a cozier feel while the entrance, hallway, and landing can have wooden flooring. You could opt for tiles that suit your budget and taste for the bathrooms and the kitchen. Remember, you will walk on these floors every day, so make sure you choose something that you will be happy to see for years to come. 

Practicality should also be a factor when deciding between wooden flooring, tiling, and carpets. You will have to keep the aspect of cleaning them in mind too, so factor in all that before making your final decision.

  1. Doors and Windows

Doors and windows are much more than just outlets or useful holes in the wall. They can, often, make or break the overall look of a room so give them the attention they deserve. Bay and Bow windows add character and depth to a room, while awning windows are great for smaller spaces. Likewise, your patio door can become a feature of your living room, balcony, or garden area. Dallas Windows Doors have a lovely selection of windows and doors so take some time to consider the overall look you would want in that particular room. 

  1. Walls

There’s a lot more to the walls of your house than meets the eye. You can keep them as bare or as filled up as you wish. Adorn them with paintings or photo-frames, or a mix of both. Choose to paint them in neutral hues or bright colors, or if you want to add an element of design to your space you could even opt for patterned wallpaper.

Feature walls are very common and really do stand out if tastefully done - choose one wall of your living room to accentuate and either paint it a different (usually brighter) color or dress it up with some paintings and photo-frames. It should basically stand out as the focal point of the room. 

  1. Theme

Now that we’re done with the foundation and structure of the rooms (the walls, floors and doors and windows, let’s work on the interior design. There is no dearth of ideas and things you can do here, so it’s best to start from the beginning - with a basic theme or colour palette that you would want running through your home. Is your style eclectic, or minimalistic? Do you prefer muted, neutral tones or brighter colors? Country-feel or modern, state-of-the-art look? Once you’ve got an idea and a vision for how you would like your home to eventually look and feel, choosing paints, fabrics and other accessories will be much easier. 

  1. Soft Furnishings

This is one of the most crucial factors in the interior look of your house - how you furnish your room can eventually make it look blah or stunning. Curtains or blinds can accentuate your window space. Cushions and decorative throws can make a dull sofa come alive. The right bedding can make your bedroom feel so much cozier. Colour, pattern, and texture must all come together to make your room feel warm, inviting, homely yet pretty. 

  1. The beauty of mirrors

You’ll be surprised how mirrors can change not just the look but also the apparent size of a room. Mirrors can make a room look much bigger than it actually is, as it adds depth and the illusion of space. So if you want to decorate a smaller room in your house, do put up a large mirror and see the difference it makes!

Mirrors also add light to a room as they reflect it back into the space, so rooms that get minimal sunlight or natural light will also benefit from having a mirror in it. 

And last but not the least, decorative mirrors can make a house look classier and more stylish without shelling out a lot of money.

  1. Add a dash of color

Even if muted tones and lighter shades are your personal choice, adding a dash of color to a room can really make it come alive. It doesn’t need to be something over-the-top or garish, it can be one statement piece such as a bright rug or colorful piece of furniture or even something as simple as a large colorful painting. Not only will it set a lovely contrast to the rest of the room, but will become the center point of the room.

Flowers are a simple and lovely way to add some color and life to any space. If you find yourself short of time and feel you cannot tend to them every day, opt for artificial flowers and plants that can do the job just as well. A bleak hallway can get an instant spark with a vase and some flowers, and make the entrance to your home feel warm and welcoming. 

  1. It’s the small things: Accessorize your space

The last step in beautifying your home lies in accessorizing it. Statues, ornaments, candles, showpieces - there are so many ways to make your home stand out. Add a touch of YOU and your family to every room and personalize it with photo-frames, medals, souvenirs, or any other objects that make you smile and bring back happy memories!

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