Almost everyone has come to partially identify themselves by the homes they’ve occupied along their life’s journey. Every home, from the home you lived in when you were little to the home you live in now, is a part of you. It tells your story. It’s an expression of your unfolding identity as a person.
There are rich psychological reasons for your labor of love when it comes to taking care of your home. You work in the evenings and on the weekends on your house because owning your own home gives you a deep feeling of stability and hope. Like the ash tree in your front yard, you’re planting roots.
Here are two ideas to deepen your sense of appreciation for your little patch of sheltered space in a great big world:
Idea #1: Home Security
Here are 3 big reasons why home security is so important:
- Beautiful people and things attract attention. Unfortunately, not all of it is positive. Some of it isn’t admiration, but naked lust. The more beautiful your home, the more likely unscrupulous people will want a slice of your pie of prosperity.
- Monitored home security will do more than protect your home from intruders; it will also safeguard it from fires, internal floods, and carbon monoxide by providing early warning alerts.
- You will deter crime with signage that your house is under monitored security and you’ll be able to deploy the latest home security tech to keep your home, family, and possessions safe. These modern security features include infrared motion detectors, high decibel alarms, wireless control of the electronics in your home, and 12-hour battery backup for alarm monitoring after a power outage.
Idea #2: Design Your Home like an Interior Designer
When you see makeover pictures in a home design magazine, it’s astonishing how different the “before” and “after” pictures look. While it’s natural to assume that the “after” picture looks better because of the use of more color and higher quality décor and furnishing, there’s a lot more going on. In fact, even if you were to try to replicate the scene buying the same stuff, it would still not look as good. Interior designers use two tricks to create that clean, refreshing look to a room: first, they figure out a room’s focal point; and second, they maximize the power of negative space.
1. Focal Point
Every beautiful room has a focal point, a feature that attracts your eyes when you walk into the room. It might be a fireplace in a living room or a large window in a bedroom with a spectacular view. After you’ve identified the focal point, then build your décor around it. If, for instance, if it’s a fireplace with red bricks, then add white candles, a white carpet, and white furnishings to make the rustic red bricks stand out more.
What if you can’t find a focal point? The room you’re trying to spruce up doesn’t have any distinguishing features that you could build a theme around? In that case, create a focal point. Here are few ideas for creating your own focal point:
- Paint a wall a different color that offers contrast with the other walls.
- Add artwork that adds color and interest to a boring wall.
- Accessorize with shelves or potted plants to make a room look more comfortable.
- Use a large piece of furniture, like an enormous bed with beautiful bedding, in a large bedroom so it doesn’t look so empty A big mirror could work, too.
- Emphasize the purpose of the room. If it’s a home office, you could give it a minimalist, techy look. If it’s a den where you like to curl up with a favorite book, then consider giving it an old world, look-and-feel with antique furniture and tall bookcases stacked with all types of interesting books.
2. Negative Space
Negative space in a room works in the same way that negative space in a painting adds value to the piece of art. What’s missing emphasizes what’s there. A landscape painting with a wide swath of pale blue sky emphasizes the grandeur of the flourishing oak tree in the foreground. One way to create negative space is by removing clutter. Another way to create negative space is by leaving space around decorations you want to emphasize, like a lot of white wall space around a large portrait painting in the hallway.
Although others might assume your immaculate lawn and your interior design are an attempt to impress others, you actually don’t improve and maintain your home to impress anyone. In truth, it’s not about trying to amaze visitors or elicit quiet admiration for your sense of taste. Investing in your home means so much because everything you do, from décor to gardening and from furnishing to painting, you do out of love and appreciation for owning your very own place in the world.