No doubt about it, your home makes a statement. The colors you choose, the accessories and furnishings you choose and the way you arrange your things all say a lot about you to those that enter your home. If you’re like me, you want people to love being in your home and at the same time love how it looks and how it feels. And like I tell my clients, you want your home to be memorable. For example, say you are hosting a party in your home. When your guests leave and get in their cars you hope that instead of thinking about the conversations they heard or the food they were served or what everyone was wearing they remember all the wondrous things they were treated to in your home décor. In other words, they leave your home with feel good vibes your homespace puts off.
There are some very simple touches to your home décor that can send out real powerful feel good vibes and at the same time honor your individuality. I believe these vibes come from what I call “positive impact statements”.
Here’s a list of some ways to make positive impact statements in your homespace:
- By displaying special collections
- By using interesting artwork
- By artfully displaying family photographs
- By creating focal points in each room
- By adding bits of the unexpected
Displaying special collections
Most of us collect things. I love to collect vintage dinnerware. I also collect Herend Porcelain Figurines. Both are displayed in my homespace and yet, not overdone. Instead, I strategically display my collections in specific areas of my space for the greatest impact. The key to displaying collections is to remember my decorating mantra “less is more”. Overkill ruins the beauty of collectibles for sure.
Using interesting artwork
The choices of artwork that you use in your homespace are a huge impact statement. Interesting artwork makes for positive vibes. So, think through carefully what you choose to put on your walls. Have fun mixing things up, too! If you tend to be somewhat traditional, kick it up a notch with some contemporary artwork. Or if you like modern furnishings, accent your decor with black and white artwork or even landscape pieces of art. Whatever you choose, mix and match so that you keep it interesting. I promise you – the look will be great!
Artfully displaying family photographs
This type of positive statement is my all-time favorite to use in home décor because I am all about family. If you ask me, all else in life pales in comparison to the feel good vibes you can get from the family connection. Find a great space in your home to create a “wall of family life”. For more on this impact statement look for my upcoming post titled, “Artfully Celebrating Family Life In Home Décor”.
Creating focal points in each room
Nothing makes a positive impact statement more than creating an interesting focal point in the room. Ways to do this include using an interesting piece of furniture as a statement, using bold pops of color in the room with pillows or other accessories or even using an interesting area rug as the focal point of the room.
Adding bits of the unexpected
Every space can benefit from some fun and whimsy. I have been known to “hide” bits of whimsy in client’s homes in ways that on first glance get overlooked. But, boy-oh-boy is it fun to see the surprise on someone’s face when they happen upon the unexpected! Other times the unexpected can be more obvious such as in this picture of a playroom. In the room one wall was painted with characters from the book, Alice In Wonderland. The characters double as a chalkboard, a corkboard and a metallic board as well. What a great space for budding young artists to be able to create in!
“You”, your HOME’s most powerful impact statement
Finally, I want to say that your homespace is impacted the most by you. Your attitudes, your feelings and your behaviors can flat out make or break the energy of your space. Be cognizant of this and strive to thrive in your space by being positive and full of life. Your space will begin to “feel” your positive energy and others will feel it, too. When you get right down to it “you” are your “HOME” because it mirrors you. So, if you want your home to be inviting to others make sure you are giving off positive vibes yourself.
Love your space and love your life…