If you own a home with your family then you’re definitely no stranger to clutter. Whilst you might have done a good job of keeping your flat clean in the days of owning a bachelor pad or a small property with your significant other, everything changes when you have children. They grow constantly and the house seems to shrink as a result. Of course, that isn’t to say the problems with your home’s appearance stem entirely from your kids. Time plays its part; no matter how well you look after your humble abode, it’s bound to start looking a little faded and dated after a few years.
But not all is lost. Yes, you might be “too busy” with work and other adult responsibilities to take as much pride in your home as you used to but keeping your household in good shape doesn’t have to be time-consuming or strenuous. If you do a little bit of maintenance on a regular basis then you can keep your home looking good forever. First of all, however, you need to spruce up your house’s general aesthetic. Here are some helpful pieces of advice to help you make your house of clutter look like no other.
Tidy up your household.
First and foremost, your cluttered family household needs to be decluttered. You might be thinking of all the contemporary minimalistic furnishings you’d like to put in certain parts of your household and you’re definitely thinking in the right way; minimalism and spaciousness are the two components of a well-designed and comfortable home. However, you can’t get an idea of what work actually needs to be done to improve your home until you’ve removed all the junk and stripped your humble abode back to the bare essentials. Even if you’re not a hoarder worthy of starring on a TV show, you’re definitely guilty of hoarding to some extent if your home looks messy. Obviously, having children is part of it; they always want new toys that they’ll neglect once they see the next best thing. Some of that clutter overflows into other parts of the house.
But it’s not just the little ones who are guilty of hoarding. You need to thoroughly pour through every room in your house and sort unwanted possessions into piles. Some things should be thrown out if they’re beyond saving but some possessions might still hold some worth. You should sell items on eBay or other online sites if you think they’re still valuable; that money could go towards other improvements in your house. It can seem like a daunting and time-consuming task but it doesn’t have to be. Get some trash bags and set aside a few minutes every day for this decluttering project if you don’t want to do it all in one go. It’ll be much easier once you get started. Your humble abode will have a much more minimalistic design layout in no time at all.
Design a consistent theme.
We’ll get into the specifics of improvements you can make to each room in your house throughout this article but your aim should be to create a recurring theme. The color palette should be consistent in each room of the house. If you have clashing colors from room to room then this might be part of why your home’s aesthetic looks so cluttered and messy. It’s not just physical clutter that affects the appearance of your household. You’d be surprised by the extent to which poor design can make your home feel stifled and chaotic. We’ll talk further about the importance of colors and themes when improving your home’s spaciousness in some of the next few points.
Personalize your home’s aesthetic.
Another great way to improve your home’s interior design is to make it a little more personal. To clarify, hoarding clutter doesn’t make your house personal. Hopefully, if you took the earlier advice and sorted out all the excess possessions you have in your house, the things you’ll be left with should have a little more meaning or, at least, practical importance. But your home might still be lacking a little personal flavor that makes it feel like your own. A good way to personalize your home’s aesthetic so that it feels more like your home is to hang up some personal paintings.
But you don’t have to be a creative genius to improve your home’s aesthetic. The point is that you should simply put things up around the house that are a representation of your personality. It’s about decorating your abode in ways that are utterly unique. Your home should be one-of-a-kind. You could stick some of the kids’ drawings on the fridge door or even hang up more family photographs on the walls or cabinets if nobody in the household is particularly artistic. And sticking name labels on bedroom doors is a good personalized addition. Obviously, the best way to make your house feel like home is to make more memories in the household as a family; game nights, family dinners, and so on.
Spruce up the living room.
A living room should be warm and cozy. Is your living room warm and cozy or cramped and dingy? You need to breathe some life into your living room if it doesn’t feel comfortable. You’re trying to create a minimalistic household and this is certainly true for the living space of your home. You might have already decluttered thoroughly but something is still missing in this room. Perhaps the possessions that remain post-cluttering aren’t as comfortable as they could be. You need to get the balance between aesthetic and practicality just right. For example, leather couches are pretty but they aren’t always comfortable. Get the idea? But you should improve the aesthetic of your living room first. Maybe you could mount your TV on the wall, for example, to open up a little more floor space. Maybe you could hang up a few mirrors because reflections can make a room look larger.
Next, you need to think about how you’re going to furnish your living room. After all, pieces of furniture such as couches and coffee tables are the things that really turn a room into a “living” area. You should consider looking into teak furniture if you’re after furnishings with a sleek and stylish wooden finish. Teak is certainly one of the classier and more timeless woods you can buy. And that should be your objective when renovating your house: timelessness. As we’ve mentioned throughout this article, you want to avoid your home’s interior design becoming outdated in the future. You should aim for a traditional aesthetic which utilizes wood and colors rather than a patterned design that can look old-fashioned rather quickly. This will ensure that you don’t run the risk of your household becoming dated in appearance. All you have to do is take care to maintain your humble abode.
Fix your kitchen and dining area.
This might be the last point on the list, but your kitchen’s design is just as important as the design of any other room in the house. In fact, the kitchen is arguably more important because it’s a room that is used for socializing and entertainment as a family. Yes, you mainly cook in this room but you also dine at dinner time (and, potentially, for other meals during the day). The kitchen should feel comfortable and look aesthetically-pleasing as well as being a practical space. Remember, a well-designed home needs to be practical and pretty. Even if your kitchen has the functionality, it might not be a pleasant place in which to spend any time if it looks cluttered or outdated in terms of its design and layout.
Improvements don’t have to be costly. Before you refit the entire kitchen, ask yourself whether the problems are really that big. The theme of this article has mainly revolved around reducing clutter. You should aim to make your kitchen feel more spacious and see if that fixes its aesthetic. Putting up new shelving units on the walls could create more storage space for crockery that clutters up worktop surfaces, and hand-crafted shelves can be a nice aesthetic addition to a kitchen area. Repainting the walls can help too; going for a neutral color such as white can brighten up the kitchen by reflecting daylight streaming through the windows. Whilst you’re at it, you should repaint doors, cupboards, and cabinets to give your kitchen a rejuvenated appearance. You can make your kitchen look as if it’s just been fitted if you get a little creative and screw your DIY hat on.
Renovating a home doesn’t have to be costly and time-consuming. It’s all about paying attention to the little details that really bring your home together. Making your house of clutter look like no other isn’t just about throwing away old possessions; it’s about figuring out which things are essential to your home on a practical and aesthetic level. A home should look intentionally designed.