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In this article, I am going to show you an ultimate guide to the perfect home sweet home like you have envisioned. Well, everyone has their own version of a home sweet home. Unfortunately, not many people could afford to buy their own house or even space. Nevertheless, we still would want to create a comfortable place to live in. A clean, tidy, good smelling, warm and lovely home to look forward when you come home tired from work.
What is the Meaning of Home Sweet Home
When someone is away from home for a long time, we use to say this phrase that we are happy to be back home. Even if it is for a short period of time, the relief and happiness that it brings are uncountable.
Although, I believe that it will be in our capacity to create a cozy environment. This is accomplished by either decorating it, declutter, organizing them tidy or simply keeping things clean. Some people could afford domestic workers to do the tasks. Literally, there are 11.5 million migrant domestic workers in the world. In contrast, there are people who could not afford these types of services. Hence they spend their quality time managing the house by themselves. This could be a type of hobby too.
Here is the ultimate guide to creating a cozy home for you.
1. Home Decor/Decorations
It is all about decorating our beloved home attractively and with more function. Besides, the best home decoration comes with changing the layout of the furniture, expressing our creativity by DIY crafts, and making our home memorable and full of expression. Hey, you could even hang a “home sweet home” signboard at the entry of your house. Just to create that homely feeling.
Besides that, it needs a lot of attention and careful planning when it comes to picking items for decoration. Styling the home space according to our personal preferences and in the budget is the key to a successful user-friendly home living.
There are a lot of decorative items available online and offline that you can pick within your budget. Sometimes a simple design doesn’t mean a boring one. However, if it comes with great functionality, warm and inviting, that could be also efficient home decor.
What Home Decor is Trending Now?
The modern home is with clean, crisp lines, a simple color palette and the use of materials that can include metal, glass, and steel. Furthermore, it follows a strict style format and eliminates all unnecessary items.
The beauty of minimalist house design is that it looks much neater and simple with a clean texture. It comes with minimal furniture. The color theme is often classified into the light and airy. Contrarily, just monotone colors such as black or white. Minimalist design for home has high functionality in its style.
Just as the name goes, shabby chic is very much with feminine, soft and delicate style. Usually, it comes with a white, pastel pink, or creamy red. Moreover, its furniture usually has a touch of vintage and antique look. Furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear.
Transitional means a mix of both traditional and modern worlds. Typically aimed for those with an active lifestyle, this home decor comes with a tonal or neutral background color. The furniture is basically nuanced, abstract, and rounded elements.
Contemporary design is all about the now and the future. Often confused with modern home decors, contemporary developed in the latter half of the 20th century. Neutrals, black, and white are the main colors in contemporary style interiors. Besides, contemporary is sleek and fresh by highlighting space rather than things.
This design by its name originated from the Scandinavian countries such as Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Clean, simple lines, minimalism, and functionality without sacrificing beauty is the way of this home decor. The colors are usually bright white with some pops of black and tans.
This idea of design derives from old factories and industrial spaces that in recent years have been converted to lofts and other living spaces. A natural color palette is used to achieve this design. This design becomes popular in the late 2000s. On top of that, exposed bricks and pipes, concrete flooring, and large open windows are the key elements to give that “warehouse” feeling.
Bohemian or Boho design is inspired by those who are free-spirited, with fewer rules to follow. This design has lots of colors pop through decorative items. On the other hand, most of the furniture is collected from old times or vintage-inspired. Use dyed textiles and patterns from around the world to spice things up in your living space.
Traditional decorating is calm, orderly, and predictable. Usually, the colors are refined, rich tones and darker. Hardwood floor is a must to feature in this design. Therefore, if you love anything that is antique items, classic art pieces and with a sense of European style, then this is the design for you.
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Rustic describes a design that’s natural, rough, aged, and casual. This design incorporates natural materials. The color themes are usually natural like shades of brown, gray, green and gold. Moreover, rustic is a combination of ecodesign and country style. The furniture is made from raw logs and boards. This design is helpful to create a calmness with extremely pleasant simplicity.
These are some of the home decors that are trending in season now. Although, you may think that these things are pretty hard to achieve or even not within the budget. Thus, I am going to guide you through some simple ways to decorate your home.
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Look at the picture above carefully. You would already want to be in there because of its warm ambiance. Therefore, to create such a lighting environment, you can use fairy lights or lampshades. Besides that, purchase LED bulbs that have lower Kelvins and frosted as it provides warmth.
Pastels or Earthy Color Tones
On top of that, to create a lovely room, go for pastel or earthy colors such as beige, pastel pink, green, white, tans, copper, gold, and pastel yellow. Try to keep them balanced and neutral without adding too many colors. If your bank balance allows, try getting some pretty wallpapers with minimal pattern.
- Throw pillows
- Fluffy blankets
- Plush rugs
- Photo frames of your favorite people
- Potted plants, cactus, and succulents
- Fresh flowers or you can opt-in for fake flowers too
- Beautiful curtains if your area has a window
- Wall arts
- Nice smelling candles/scents
Here is a list of items that you can easily purchase online or any DIY stores. On top of that, you may even visit any thrift shops to find any unique piece of items just to add that vintage touch. I love shopping at thrift stores because they are affordable and sustainable.
2. List of Organization Habits
- Do not procrastinate
- Focus on one task
- Set timers
- Spend one hour a day to tidy a space
- Do not aim for perfection
- Create a planner or to-do-list
- Clean on the go
- Set goals
- Practice self-care
- Reducing extra items makes you happy
Staying organized is the keyword here. You have to be persistent and consistent in making your home. Of course, you could always grab a pen and paper to create a to-do list, but make sure that you follow them. Begin your tasks with your music and a cup of coffee. Though, do not get away by just listening to music or sitting down at a corner reminiscing your old photos. Set a timer for about 1 hour and get space/room done. Consequently, repeat this for every day for every room. Furthermore, declutter your items, reduce the unnecessary ones and organize them in one place using the Marie Kondo style.
3. List of Cleaning Tips
- Make your bed
- Use the right vacuum cleaner
- Always buy an all-purpose cleaner with a good microfiber cloths
- Clean shower while at the shower
- Keep floor clean
- Do your laundry every other day
- Clean fridge weekly
- Wash the toilet every time after use
- Spot-clean the kitchen
- Tidy things at the end of the day
The first thing that you ever want to start in the morning is by making your bed. You will only need two minutes and rest assured that one task is considered done. It is best that you could also train your children to adopt this habit. Besides, try to invest in a good vacuum cleaner or a robotic cleaner. This will help you to save more energy and time. Moreover, it is best that you prepare a cleaning schedule and checklist so that you will be more mentally prepared. Besides, make it a habit for you to tidy things in the kitchen or any room for 10 minutes before calling the day off.
In conclusion, your home sweet home is about your personality and Home Sweet Home: The Ultimate Guidediscipline. Your self-care comes first before you tackle down your house mess. Definitely, you would feel overwhelmed with the piles of clothes or papers but keep focus, jot down a schedule and make sure you work on it. I wish the best of luck to you and hope to see you again in my next post!