In looking to create a home that speaks to you and your family - there is one simple question to ask yourself and a question we ask clients on a regular basis - " How do you want your home to feel?" Defining the feel of your home gives us so much information as designers to create a home that reflects our clients lifestyle - and it is a really effective way to define the purpose of your home for you and your family. Knowing the feeling that you want your home to reflect can give you the big picture perspective to create the best home for your lifestyle. Ready to give it a try ? First take a look and ask and answer the questions below ( do this for every member of the household ) and then we will move on to suggestions for bringing those feelings into your space!
- How do you want your home to feel ?
- How do you want to feel when you walk through the door ?
- What do you wish guests would think about your home when they come over ?
- What are the top three words you would use to describe how you want your home to feel ?
Once you have the answers , putting together your style becomes clearer - here are a few ways to bring " All the Feels" to your home
If you want your home to feel more relaxed ..... A relaxed home is a home where you don't have to feel afraid to put your feet on the sofa , cuddle up with your favorite puppy or kitty and take your shoes off ,- It's a home that invites you to take your hair down. If this is the ideal way for your home to feel consider using performance/durable fabrics and materials and loosening your expectation on perfection - this style is all about "lived in" If you have items in your home that don't meet these guidelines - consider switching them out for items that comfortable and durable and won't break your heart when they get scratched ( or in designer terms : distressed)
If you want your home to feel peaceful.... If you want your home to feel like a sanctuary ( and who doesn't with todays fast pace world) Here are a few different ways to make this feeling more present in your home
- Use soft blues , greys and greens for a peaceful color palette
- Keep clutter to a minimum
- Revive your senses with texture and use natural scents to create calm
- Use drapery lined with blackout lining to control light and sound
If you want your home to feel authentic .... Surround yourself with things you love ! If this means books , art that speaks to you , travel souvenirs from your globe trotting - do it in a fun and curated way that shows off your passions. A great tip for making this come together is using a cohesive color scheme and pops of color to bring your collections together.
If you want your home to feel creative .... Create spaces for creativity ! This can mean using a home office for an art studio or creating a multi functional space to follow your artistic pursuits and have a place to check up on emails. Having a creative home can also mean bringing that feeling to other rooms - display your handiwork , use pin boards to tack photos and articles that inspire you and look for nooks in every space to use that creative flair.
There are no wrong or right answers about what feeling we want to create in our homes .. only that it be completly personal to the inhabitats. Are you trying to create that perfect feeling in your home ? that reflects you and suits you ? You know who to call !!