Stylish Practicality: Jazzing Up Your Home Necessities
Posted On August 3, 2016
There are many things in our home that we have to have. You need a system to keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer. Without lights in all the rooms, you would get through a lot of candles. And somewhere to wash and dry your clothes isn't always essential, but it's a great convenience. However, just because these things have to be in your home, it doesn't mean they can't look good. Something can be a practical necessity but also look super stylish at the same time. Even better, if you want to improve how they look, you don't always have to look for replacements.
Learn to Cover Things Up
Before you go out and buy anything new, covering up an unsightly household necessity can be an excellent solution. Of course, there are some things you can't cover for practical or safety reasons. But there are plenty of items that can benefit from a well-place curtain or even cupboard. For example, building a cupboard around your boiler is an option if you can't stand looking at it. Some homes have heating appliances in odd places, meaning you might have to put up with a boiler in your living room or bedroom. Turning it into a cupboard can hide it away and reduce any noise it might produce too.
If you're not up to much DIY, a curtain or a screen is a great way to hide something too. Try going the country cottage route in your kitchen and hang some curtains from the counters. They can be used to hide your dishwasher or washing machine, or perhaps a messy area under the sink.
Select Stylish Heating and Cooling Systems
Your heating and cooling appliances are two things that can mar the look of your home. You might have an AC unit you don't like the look of or radiators that stand out in every room. One available option is to consider replacing what you have now with something new. For example, a modern fireplace or wood burner could be a more stylish heating option. If you want to explore what you can do, locate Save Home Heat or your nearest heating and cooling store. You can have a look at which options are available, including hidden options like heat pumps and underfloor heating.
If you don't want to make any big changes, you don't have to. There are other solutions for a bit more style. For example, if you have radiators, you can give them a coat of paint. Make them match the rest of the room so they blend in. You could also use radiator covers if your radiators themselves look a bit banged up. If you have a fireplace, you could paint it or fix it up to refresh its look.
Update Your Home's Hardware
Some of the small things in your home can make a big difference. For example, door handles and bathroom fixtures can make a room look out of date. You can replace some of these things for not much money. If you're on a tight budget, some new door handles could help you do what you want without overspending. Have a look around your home and take note of anything that looks a bit tired. You could put in new lighting fixtures or install new curtain poles.
Select Sleek Home Appliances
Your home appliances can take up a lot of space, but you can't live without them. From your washing machine to your refrigerator, they make your life easier. However, your eye can't help but be drawn to them, since they're often so large. Apart from hiding them away, the way to deal with this is to buy stylish appliances. You can buy sleek items that look at home in your kitchen or laundry room, and they don't always have to be expensive. Of course, you could also splash out on some more costly pieces. They might be more likely to last a long time and look extra stylish.
Make Storage a Design Feature
Everyone needs storage in their home, but it can often end up being messy. You have boxes and shelves that are not only overflowing with stuff, but also look pretty dull. Storage in your home doesn't have to be only a practical, incidental addition. You can put some more thought into it and make it more attractive. Even just choosing a set of colorful shelves can make a difference to the feel of a room. You can also look for storage items that are more than just storage. It could be a box that also serves as a comfortable bench or a coffee table, for example.
Focus on the Doors and Windows
Doors and windows are essential in your home. At the very least, you need external doors, even if the inside is open plan. You can't get rid of them completely, but you can make them look better. Replacing doors and windows can be expensive, so consider some other options first. For example, you could paint your doors and the frames of both windows and doors. However, if you do want to replace them, it could have a fantastic effect on your home.
Don't Let Kids and Pets Stop You Being Stylish
Having children or even pets calls for a more practical home than most. There's usually nothing particularly stylish about changing tables or litter trays. However, there's no need to let your kids and animals stop you from having a beautiful home. If you want to buy more stylish things, you could end up spending a bit more money. Super fashionable baby furniture or pet necessities can sometimes cost a fair bit more. But if you don't want cheap things to ruin the look of your house, you might think it's worth the cost. Of course, another option is to spruce up some cheaper things. Give your child's bed a paint job or improve the dog's bed with a cover or cushion.
Don't let the practical aspects of your home stop it from being stylish. You can do both if you know how.