When people think of home improvements, they often think of home repairs and maintenance: changing a lock, fixing a plumbing leak, patching a wall. While these are important tasks in caring for your home, decorating is also a significant element of home improvement that shouldn't be overlooked.
Decorating is what defines the look and feel of your home. It's the decorative touches that you notice when entering a room and it's these touches that give the space personality. In fact, without these decorative touches, your home will lack any endearing qualities that make it your own special haven.
Designing your interiors with color, pattern and texture, however, creates an appealing environment. Their effect improves your home. And the more satisfied you are with your interior spaces the more desire you'll have to keep up with underlying repairs and maintenance. Which as a whole, creates a well-cared for home. Basically, decorating and home improvements go hand-in-hand.
To give you an idea of how home decorating impacts your space, think about model homes. When was the last time you walked into one that was a blank slate? No color on the wall, no furniture, no interesting accents. Just an empty house.
Probably never because the designer touches are crucial to the overall look and feel of the home. Whether it's through architecture, furnishings, fabrics and so on, a model home looks top notch because it's meant to draw buyers.
Your home should be given the same star billing. Except your decorating touches should be more personable than those found in a model home, because your home decor only has to appeal to you.
Home decorating includes everything from picking out the doorknobs, light fixtures, flooring, wall colors, bathroom fixtures and kitchen appliances. Whether you are building from scratch or updating your current residence, these things are part of every single home. Their durability, function and aesthetics can make a big impact on the overall appearance of your home. Add to that your selection of furnishings, fabrics and accessories and you are on your way to creating a home to love.
Decorating is like putting the icing on the cake. You can have a cake, but it is just a cake until you add the frosting. Then the cake becomes a visual delight. The same goes with your home. Do you want it to just be a house or do you want it to be a visual delight?
In essence, home improvement doesn't stop with a nail and hammer. It continues with home decorating. The lasting result is a place you can be proud and happy to call your own.