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18th March, 2019

Making a house a home

Making a house a home

You have found the dream property. You have exchanged, completed and collected the keys. You have purchased the essentials and even hung the family photos. So why does your new house not feel like a home yet?

Fine & Country Interior Design is often asked to manage full property refurbishments of newly purchased properties; however, we love helping our clients take their properties to the next level with our styling design services. Many new homeowners want to use existing furniture or purchase the essential items themselves, but when it comes to achieving the look of Pinterest and Instagram inspiration, it can be a challenge to achieve the look and feel you envisage for your home.

Whether it is an opulent country estate, a chic city pad or a luxurious townhouse, atmosphere, character and comfort are the true components of any home. Here are our team’s top tips to turn your house into a home:

Embrace colour

Many newly purchased homes will feature white or magnolia walls. A feature wall or even just a full grey finish can seem daunting, especially when you test it on white walls, as even a light grey can look like it would be too much. However once completed, feature walls or darker paints rarely stand out in the way you might imagine. They can provide an essential aesthetic that links to your furnishings and transforms the room. Be brave and move away from whites and magnolias for your general wall finishes. Greys and blues can provide a beautiful contrast to furnishings and will help you achieve a more modern look.

Accessorise to your personality

A great way to give a room character is to showcase your personality with accessories. Photographs, unique travel souvenirs, vases and candles add character to a room and illustrate your interests and hobbies whilst providing décor that will give colour, height and another dimension to your surfaces and walls. We provide a service to acquire accessories including commissioning artwork that will fit your style and colour scheme.

Invest in cushions

Cushions are the forgotten secret to adding colour, texture and character to a room. For a little more than ‘off the shelf’ options you can specify size, shape and fabric to design a selection of cushions, tailored to fit your existing furnishings. Our team can help you pick every detail of your cushions from contrast piping to textured details to help you achieve a unique aesthetic.

Create warmth with lighting

Whether you are installing a feature chandelier or simply switching cold bulbs for warm, lighting is the key to creating a relaxing home. We love designing unique feature lighting with our clients such as a chandelier that is more artwork than lighting or a free hanging filament bulb display, however there are various subtle changes you can make to lighting to enhance your home. Place feature lamps on either side of sofas, beds and console tables to create height and brighten dark corners. Install down lighting under shelving units to create a stylish look that will highlight key accessories. Change your switches and use dimmable lighting to transform your home’s atmosphere..

It can often seem impossible to know where to start when styling your home. These tips are essential for anyone looking to transform a newly purchased property, or for those looking to sell their property and showcase it at its best.

Fine & Country Interior Design create real homes with our clients, and love to discuss what their dream home could look like.

To take advantage of our free design service with procurement on our styling services, contact interiordesign@fineandcountry.com today.

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