Your home should be a reflection of your life and personal style, but it also needs to be comfortable and functional. There are no rules when decorating your home, but there are guidelines for smart design decisions. Knowing which areas are worth thought and money means truly enjoying your space and feeling confident with your decor purchases. Listed here are five home must-have pieces that instantly enhance any space.
1. Entry Bench
People get their first impressions of your home from the entryway. This is where you enter your home, typically with something in your hands. An entry bench is a welcome place to stop and unburden yourself, and a place to sit to remove your shoes. Your bench doesn’t need to be costly, and it doesn’t have to be a traditional bench. Consider using something you may already have, such as an old trunk or a few garden stools layered together. A bench can also provide a great solution for hiding unwanted clutter. Whatever style home and space you have, create an inviting feeling by offering your guests a seat.
2. Paint Plan
Paint is one of the most effective ways to update a space and make it your own. Paint can enhance architectural details and provide a backdrop for your decor. Deciding on a palette for the paint in your house can make the entire home feel cohesive and well planned. Consider all surfaces, including walls, ceilings, trim and floors. You can even consider painting furniture that may need to be refreshed to mesh with the overall decor. To some, a paint plan will be keeping the same color and tones throughout the entire home. For others, it may be an assortment of colors. As long as there is a method to the paint madness, your home will feel more complete.
3. Meaningful Art
Fill your home with art that is meaningful to you. This can be through paintings, photography, ceramics or sculptures. Meaningful art doesn’t have to come from a well-known artist or cost you an arm and a leg. It just needs to be something that speaks to you and makes you happy. It doesn’t even need to go with the style of your home. If your home is super traditional, but you like bold, modern art, go for it! Mix styles and create something unexpected. Art can portray your unique flair and aesthetic.
4. Quality Rug
Quality rugs are worth every penny. Rugs are one of the most common ways I find people trying to cut costs; however, they are a worthwhile investment if you’re looking for something to maintain its shape and last longer than a few years. Contemplate the type of rug that will best suit you and your home. Natural fiber rugs create an organic look, whereas wool rugs bring more warmth and softness. No matter your style, complete your home with a long-lasting, beautiful rug.
5. Solid Sofa
A functional, comfortable, good-looking sofa is always worth the investment. A reliable sofa will save you money down the road when all you have to worry about is swapping out pillows. Since the sofa tends to be the main gathering spot for most homes, you need it to be durable, including the fabric. There are fabulous indoor and outdoor quality fabrics that feel as soft as true linen, but can withstand the constant wear and tear of daily life. A well-made sofa will age gracefully and supply endless comfort.
Photography by John Sloan