Whether it’s a large house, a small apartment, or an apartment in a Senior Living Community, we all have to live somewhere. But what does your home say about you? Is it a place where you feel rested, calm and happy? Are you constantly stressed out by mess, chaos, and a design that just makes you sad? Here’s how to make your home your happy place!
Find Your Design Style
It doesn’t have to be tricky or complicated…“design style” sounds fancier than what it really is. But before you can have a space you love, you need to find out what you love! Here are a few popular design trends that might speak to you:
- Country Cottage
- Sleek & Modern
- Beach Vibes
You can figure out your style by looking at magazines and pictures on the internet, using apps or websites like Pinterest, or even just doing a Google Image Search for interior design. Notice what colors and styles draw your eye again and again. Think about the homes you’ve lived in or places you’ve visited, and consider which felt the most comfortable. Once you know the style you’re going for, it’s easy to find items that complement your style.
If you don’t have a place for it, you can’t own it. The best way to prevent a cluttered, messy feel in your home is to remember: You Can Only Own as Much Stuff as You Can Store. This is especially important in a small space, like a senior living apartment. If you can’t fit your latest find on the shelf, something else has gotta go. Avoid piling things up in corners or on surfaces. If you can’t find a place for it, it needs a new place to live. As a bonus, owning fewer things means less stuff to clean, organize, maintain and keep track of. A little minimalist spirit goes a long way!
Adding light is one of the easiest ways to make your home more pleasant. You might not be able to add windows or skylights, but you can add lamps and mirrors to maximize the light you do have. Glossy surfaces reflect more light than matte ones. Choosing lighter colors in paint, furnishings and decor will also make your space feel bigger and brighter.
Feature Things You Love
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Marie Kondo method, in which you only keep items that “spark joy.” If you’re downsizing, this is a great way to determine what to keep and what to let go. Check out this post that might help you decide. Things that make you smile should take center stage in your home.
With a little extra time, you can make any home a happy place to live. Find your design style, prevent or eliminate clutter, maximize light, and feature the things that bring you joy, and you’ll be smiling every time you open your front door! If you’re looking for a new place to live, you’ll find many beautiful apartments at any one of Stellar’s Senior Living Communities. Give us a call to check availability today!