What sort of look does your home deserve?

Find out the age of your home before you decide on a style

If you’re planning to redecorate your home, you might want to consider the age of your house first. Although paint is a great way to spruce up your house’s appearance, it’s essential to consider the style of your home before you get started. The style you choose should complement the age of your home and the surrounding neighbourhood, or it could clash and look awkward. If you know your house style, you can find the style and colours to match your home perfectly. Often, homes work well if they are in keeping with the era in which they were built – but we don’t mean you need to add avocado bathrooms to your 1970s build! Instead, try to nod in the direction of the era by not avoiding it altogether.

If you’re not sure what style your home has, take a stroll around the neighbourhood, and take note of the homes that look similar to yours. You might be surprised at how easy it is to see the differences in architectural styles. You can also search online for photos of homes in your area and see if you can find one that looks similar.

Creating a rustic, country feel in your home

Once upon a time, we all dreamed of a chocolate box cottage with a picket fence and roses in the front garden (well, we did anyway). For those homeowners who have an older or more traditional home, it is worth taking a look at creating a rustic, country feel in your rooms that bring out the original features. Many cottages and older homes have fireplaces. Rather than ripping this out to make way for a modern log burner, why not make a fireplace feature out of the space by exposing the brickwork and adding some decorative logs?

Older, traditional homes are generally much softer to the eye than their modern counterparts. Simple lines, cosier furniture, and personal mementoes occupy these homes, so if you have many beautiful family photos, trinkets handed down through generations or old style dressers you cannot part with, these will come in handy for your rustic home look.

Bring the modern and contemporary vibe into your rooms

If you are lucky enough to have bought a new build or built your house from the ground up, you may wonder how to bring a modern and contemporary look and feel into your exterior and interior designs. Outdoor cladding wood is a brilliant material to cover the exterior of your home for a number of reasons. Thanks to its insulation properties, it’s stylish, aesthetically pleasing, and could even reduce your energy bills.

For the interior of your home, modern designs are often made up of sleek lines and minimalistic presentation, so have a think about some clever storage that melts into the background. Large mirrors placed carefully will bounce the natural light around your rooms, and beautiful paintings are often the centre of attraction. Keep your home as minimalistic in floor and wall colour as possible and add touches of colour with your photos and plant decoration for an ultra-modern look.