It’s been a while since I’ve put together a home inspired blog post, so today I’ve decided to put once together about a few small changes to the home that you may find really useful.
For those who don’t know, I also live in Newcastle-Under-Lyme as well as Manchester, so living across two cities can get a bit hectic. The last thing I need is to come home to a messy, unorganised house. Which is why I’ve been updating both homes to take on features which help to keep my ‘homes’ smart, sassy and tidy looking – whether it’s 11pm at night I come rolling in, or I’m setting up for a day working at home…
1. Invest in professional looking blinds
I like my privacy, but I hate closing curtains, if that makes sense. Instead, I’ve invested in smart looking blinds at both homes to give the living room some depth, but also that privacy I need when it comes to shutting them.
However, as you can see from the photos above and below, I’ve opted for a more heavy duty look – actual shutters which are wooden and give a real ‘frame’ to my bay window. I was basically inspired by Plantation Shutters, which give the ultimate light control and are super easy to maintain. Because they are so thick and chunky, cleaning is a breeze – I just whip a cloth or duster over them.
Because these are of a high quality, you can expect to pay a lot for them, although there are some retailers out there in which you can find cheap window shutters at affordable prices, yet still look classy.
2. Opt for a corner sofa
The day I switched up my two seater and armchair for a snugly grey corner sofa was potentially the day that changed the look and feel of my home. If you live in a small house and struggle for space, a corner sofa instantly adds that ‘cosy’ feel to the room, and is super for practicality.
I chose one with oversized cushions and a fresh grey colour palette to give it a more ‘classy’, modern feel. Corner sofa’s instantly look inviting – and more so than two separate suites.
3. Use candles for decoration
I don’t feel like my home is my haven without candles dotted around the room, lit or unlit. There’s something about the ambience a dimly lit candle gives, and the scent can really improve my mood or aid relaxation.
When I looked into interior design, I noticed that all the living rooms and bedrooms I was drawn too incorporated either large pillar style candles, or smart little pots on the mantle piece. They just add that instant cute-ness and sweet ambience to any room, but living rooms in particular for me.
4. Add mirrors where possible
When I come home after a busy day and my living room/house might be a little untidy, I freak out more because the rooms are such small spaces. However, when my rooms are given the illusion of more space – created by adding mirrors – I feel completely less stressed out.
Whether it’s a large landscape mirror above your fire place (the best trick for enlarging a room) or cute hanging mirrors on a gallery wall, you’ll recreate the illusion of a large space.
They are just 4 little tips which make me feel a lot calmer when coming home to two different houses. It might sound a little silly when I say that they way a room looks can alter my mood, but these hacks really do help me create a haven of ‘tidiness’ and clarity.
Hope these help!