Easy Ways to Make Your Home Cozy and Welcoming

If you feel like your home is missing something, keep reading for some easy ways to make your home feel more cozy and welcoming!

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Your home is a sanctuary, a place away from the outside world where you can relax and just be yourself, and for this reason you should make it as attractive and comfortable as possible. However, it is not necessary to spend a fortune on making your home unique. Many upgrades can be achieved quite cheaply. Keep reading! 

Spruce Up the Most Used Spaces

Focus on which spaces in your home are used the most and try to make these rooms as cozy as possible. The living and dining room need to look and feel welcoming to others since these are the places where you take your visitors, and you always want to make a good impression.

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For many, that means making these spaces look sophisticated. There are several ways of achieving this. The first is to pay attention to the details of the room, the areas that you may think go unnoticed, but that actually have a huge impact.

A great way to begin sprucing up your space is using molding! While plain moldings are a good and safe choice, you can make more of an impact if you install detailed molding, such as those decorated with curlicues or dentils.

Then there are also the skirting boards. Unlike ceiling moldings and cornices, the plainer these are the better. You can make either more or less of a statement depending on whether you choose standard or high skirting boards. If you want more of a period look, high skirting boards are the way to go when decorating your home.

Windows

Windows can often be a last thought, but this is a mistake as a dressing up your windows can have a huge impact on the look of a room. They also provide a good opportunity to “up” the elegance stakes, depending on how you dress them. For example, a blind or a roller at your windows makes a minimalist statement, but they can easily be enhanced by the addition of curtains, even if the curtains are only used for framing and are not meant to be drawn.

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However, you may want more flexibility when it comes to your window dressing, in which case, shutters may be a better choice. A very fashionable choice, shutters allow you to regulate airflow and offer different levels of privacy – for example, slats can be shut for complete privacy, or opened for less. You can also split these in two with the different types of shutters available, such as café style shutters or tier-on-tier shutters, which mean that you can have privacy with the lower tier but open the upper tier for airflow.

Furniture

If you want to stick to a budget but still make some creative changes to your home, then consider how you can upcycle existing furniture to suit your current taste. For example, do you have a chest of drawers that is still perfectly serviceable but that is looking a little tired? If so, you could sand it down and give it a fresh coat of paint in a different color, or perhaps even paint on a design of your own creation, such as a leaf motif or a geometric pattern.

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Kitchen

If you have plain tiles for your kitchen splashback that are a little boring to look at, then instead of the labor and expense of removing and replacing with colored patterned tiles, take the easier route and simply stick on patterned decals. In this way, and with very little effort and expense, you can change the entire look of your kitchen.

Free up Space

Most of us are constantly looking for ways to store what we own, but we can become too familiar with our spaces to see their potential. Need space for a computer desk? Then how about that space underneath the stairs? Clear this area out and you may be surprised by how much room you free up – at least enough for you to do your monthly accounts or the kids their homework. Not enough shelving? Make the shelving you do have do double duty by fixing jar lids to their undersides so that you can screw in storage containers.

A Splash of color

There are tons of ways to mix and match with color in your home. You can create splashes of color with your bookcases. If you have a lot of different-colored books, rearrange them so that you have all the same colors together. This will help you create a focal point.

Tip: If your bookcases contain more ornaments than books, then you can still add color by painting or wallpapering the back panel. This could also help to set off your ornaments to better effect.


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There are many ways that you can jazz up your home without spending a fortune. All you need to do is try looking at your fixtures, space, and furniture from a different perspective and consider how they can be enhanced or repurposed.

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How To Use Pantone’s Color of 2017 In Your Home

Each year, the Pantone Color Institute chooses a color they believe represents the times. For 2017, they’ve named “Greenery 15-0343” the color of the year. This warm, vivacious color symbolizes energy and new beginnings. It’s the perfect shade of green!

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Pantone describes “Greenery” as a fresh and zesty yellow-green color that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of “Greenery” signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

But now that we’re oxygenated and reinvigorated — how do we incorporate this unique color into our home design? It’s certainly a departure from the cool greys and clean whites that we’re used to.

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Pantone Color Institute calls “Greenery” “nature’s neutral” — a hue more typically used during spring and summer, but one they see as a statement color year round. It’s a true energizing color to decorate this summer! Surprisingly, it’s actually easier to incorporate this outside-the-box color than you might think especially with different shades of green

Accent Decor

This spring, consider swapping out your usual accent pillows for a pop of “Greenery.” A quick visit to your local home store can bring a big change to the feel of your family room. Even less of a commitment — try out “Greenery” when shopping for a new cozy throw blanket. A nice pop of color when you want, and easily tucked away when you’re feeling a more traditionally nature neutral vibe.


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Plants

What better way to incorporate “Greenery” than with actual greenery? A classic color palette is always a fresh way to add a bit of color to your space. Whether it be real or faux, a sweet succulent in a fabulous pot can be the much needed change you’ve been looking for.

You can add Pantone’s beautiful green hue in tiny amounts and still make a huge impact on your space. Upholster an accent chair, add a large round vase, hang some beautiful drapes in Pantone’s green and you will surely be stylin’ for 2017.

Area Rugs

Area rugs are an easy and impactful way to introduce a new hue into your space. A bold rug can help make a colorful statement, anchor a seating area, and soften a hardwood floor. At RiteRug Flooring, we can create the perfect custom area rug for yourdaily life. Completely green, or just a touch — your Pantone 2017 spring update is closer than you think.

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