By paying attention to all manner of aspects of your home’s décor, you can help to make your property a welcoming, visually attractive and comfortable place to be. The situation is certainly no different when it comes to all of those individual items that really are ‘must haves’ if you are to achieve the right overall effect.
So, without further ado, here are some of the items that we reckon are ‘must haves’ for your own home in 2013, from eye-catching artworks to efficient multi fuel stoves.
Some of us pretend to ‘know nothing about art’, when the reality is that it really surrounds us every day and has a major impact on our lives... and indeed, much of that art is to be found in the home.
Your choice of artwork sends a clear signal of your tastes, sensibilities, dreams and ambitions, whether you choose a landscape painting for above the mantelpiece or a reprint of a Picasso nude for the corridor. Alternatively, you could commission a local artist to create something that is entirely unique to your home.
They may not exactly be ‘new for 2013’, but houseplants have long been great additions to the home. They look and smell good, remove carbon dioxide in the air before converting it to oxygen and even neutralise harmful chemicals such as polyethylenes and formaldehydes.
It has been said that plants decrease stress and make a person feel more creative and positive... and don’t forget that there are also many plant types to choose from to complement your décor, from cactuses to ferns.
There’s a certain magic in something as apparently simple as a mirror. We seemingly learn something about ourselves every time we cast a glimpse of ourselves in a mirror, and they can also make your home feel larger, especially when you invest in floor-to-ceiling ones.
Although mirrors have long appealed in the home, there has been an increasing tendency to choose ones that have beautiful frames in their own right, as well as to have several identical mirrors together to add inspiration to bare sections of wall.
If you thought stoves were a mere relic of a time before central heating, think again. They’re actually more relevant than they have been for a long time, with many homeowners choosing them on account of their environmental friendliness and relatively low running costs. Plus, they’re available in a wide range of styles, designs and types, with multi fuel stoves able to burn the likes of wood, coke and coal.