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Affordable and creative ways to transform your living space

 How does one transform a house into a home, a space that speaks volumes about who you are? [Courtesy, Freepik]

Our homes go beyond brick and mortar they are sanctuaries, reflections of our personalities and silent storytellers of our lives. Yet, many of us find ourselves surrounded by ugly furniture and impersonal décor.

Before long you start to yearn for a space that truly resonates with our individuality. But there is a problem, how does one transform a house into a home, a space that speaks volumes about who you are?

Well, you don’t have to hire an expensive interior designer as long as you allow your creative juices to flow and stick to this guide.

Add personal pieces: We all have things that spark joy and trigger happy emotions such as travel souvenirs, childhood keepsakes or a cherished art collection. Instead of relegating these treasures to dusty boxes, consider transforming them into conversation starters. Display your grandmother’s handwoven carpet on a bare wall or curate a gallery wall showcasing your travel photography.

Pick your favourite colours: A fresh coat of paint can be more than just an aesthetic upgrade. It can set the mood and establish the emotional tone of a space. Think of a calming sea foam green transforming your bedroom into a tranquil retreat or a vibrant mustard yellow infusing your kitchen with a burst of energy. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour so research the psychology of colour and choose hues that resonate with your personality and desired ambience.

Play around with textiles: Fabrics have the power to transform a space by adding warmth, texture and a touch of personality. Consider layering textured throw pillows on your sofa, each with a unique pattern or colour reflecting your eclectic taste. Alternatively, you can swap out your old boring curtains for custom drapes in a bold geometric print thus injecting a touch of modern flair. Remember, textiles are like chapters in the story of your home each piece adding a new layer of depth and personality.

 A fresh coat of paint can be more than just an aesthetic upgrade [Courtesy, Freepik]

Old is gold: Vintage finds and family heirlooms possess an undeniable charm. Incorporate these pieces into your décor not just as museum relics but as showstoppers. Imagine a vintage record player displayed prominently in your living room inviting guests to share their favorite musical memories. Or, showcase an antique pocket watch you bought at an auction on a bookshelf to spark curiosity.

Lights up: Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood and creating a personalised atmosphere. Ditch the harsh overhead lights and opt for a warm, layered approach. Imagine flickering candles casting a romantic glow on your dining table or strategically placed table lamps illuminating cosy reading nooks. The right lighting scheme can transform a cold space into a haven of comfort.

Personal art: It’s perplexing how people prefer to display other people’s art when you have the option to do the same. Take your home as a canvas for your creativity. Don’t be afraid to showcase your creations even if they’re not masterpieces. You can frame your child’s colourful drawing and hang it proudly in the living room or display a hand-painted ceramic vase on a side table. These personal touches not only demonstrate your creativity but also inject a sense of warmth and authenticity into your space


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