Keep cool, stay warm…
Warm, as it has been recently, or cold, as it will be in a few months – you can experience both in comfort if you organise things at home.
Good curtains help you prepare for all sorts of weather eventualities at any time of the year. The recent heatwave saw families keep cooler by drawing curtains or closing blinds during the day; keeping out the worst of the un-seasonally hot weather we experienced. Come December and January we’ll be doing the same thing – but to keep the heat in.
But that’s far from being the only advantage a decent set of curtains will provide to a living area, bedroom or elsewhere in your home. For many people it’s as much, or perhaps more, about the aesthetics and ‘fit’ with the rest of the home – furniture, carpets and flooring, pictures or wall coverings and, in bedrooms of course, the bedding.
What kind of feel do you want to create in your home?
A keen, discerning eye can pull together an attractive home from a number of sources – and it needn’t break the bank. You just need to decide on the kind of look you want to achieve and whether you want that look throughout the home or vary it according to individual taste or needs.
Children of different ages will probably want their rooms to more reflect their personalities and interests. An eight-year-old, seventeen-year-old and parent(s) in their forties will see things quite differently.
Hallway and landing space
Homes with large hallways and open landings are a great opportunity to utilise space that some people only see as functional. A wide hallway can be used for so much more than a set of clothes pegs and a place to leave school bags. An old-fashioned telephone table and chair or coat stand can really set-off this kind of space. Equally, a landing with space can be utilised on both a practical and aesthetic level with an easy chair, side table and lamp.
Your home office?
The recent pandemic saw one of the biggest ever changes in workplace culture when, literally, overnight, millions of people around the world started working from home. With that trend set to continue to some degree – with ‘hybrid working’ seemingly the chosen option for many it’s worth starting to think properly about your home office set-up. If you’re likely to be working at home a lot, it’s time to think about something more permanent than the end of a dining table or perching that laptop on your knees when you’re on the sofa.
Approach fitting out your home office area like you would any other part of your home, after all you’re going to be spending plenty of time there. Make it nice.