In my early days in London I have to admit that my ‘home’ was probably not what I had envisioned. Not quite bedsit but for some of my residences not far off. You see, I could not afford to live on my own, so I shared with others. Sharing rarely meant caring as you would see your milk disappear along with bread and marmalade and more often than not, a heated discussion about toilet paper, or the lack of it, would ensue!
Most of the time I would come home from work, quickly prepare some dinner in the kitchen and head straight into my room, preferring it to the grey nylon sofa and flocked wallpaper in the living room, lovingly provided to us by the landlord.
However, I always made sure that my bedroom reflected me as best as I could, and would go out of my way to create a pretty bedroom full of light to create a space that I was content in given the circumstances.
I’m a big fan of light and airy spaces, but not all of us have the benefit of finding accommodation like that. There are some tricks you can use to make your home your heart-centre, after all, your home is and should be a reflection of you.
Hearts are great for bringing love into the room and a home. I have a few dotted around my apartment which are hanging off door knobs. They do make a difference and nice ones are easily available and affordable nowadays.
Secondly, candles are a great way to make a place smell nice. I’m a big fan and in fact just recently started to light more candles rather than using diffusers which I used to use. I often find that diffusers do not last as long.
Lighting is important too so make sure you have nice side table lamps which give a warm glow and also consider fairy lights. They really do bring warmth into a home and I have many dotted around my home. Who doesn’t like a little twinkly effect?
Mirrors are also great way to make a room look bigger and reflect the light to those places where you may struggle with brightness.
Lastly, but not at all least, use cushions and throws; a bit of softness is a great way to make a space look cosier. A throw over the sofa or a cushion or two will make the room look cozy and inviting, but be careful not to catch ‘cushionitis’, a rare disease which I have suffered from over the years. I think it was brought on by shops like Homesense! 🙂
If you, or someone you know, needs some home styling ideas, just give me a call. A few tweaks can really make the difference! After a long day at work, there is nothing better than to come home to a place that you truly love and call your home.
Tracey B x