Home is a refuge and a retreat; an oasis removed from the stresses of daily life. It is a place where people unwind and relax, and can be themselves without inhibition. It is also a place into which friends are welcomed as honored guests and to which family longs to return for the holidays.
But any home’s atmosphere and livability is defined more by the items with which it is decorated than the building itself. A home’s furniture gives it character and substance. Furniture is the single most important element in creating a home that is warm, inviting, and comfortable. More than that, furniture also expresses the personality of the home’s occupants, revealing the homeowner’s values and priorities.
Selecting furniture for a home can be a difficult and complex task. It is tempting to visit a furniture showroom and choose an entire matching ensemble for a living room or bedroom. However, consider carefully before choosing this route. Sometimes having a room filled with pieces that match each other precisely can be visually unexciting. It may represent more time and effort, but weigh the benefits of choosing a couple of matching pieces and then blending them with other pieces that go with the matched pieces, but do not necessarily match them. This creates visual interest, and allows the homeowner to express their individual style in a unique and creative way.
Just like clothing and hairstyles, furniture design also goes through cycles of fashion. When furnishing a home, resist pieces that have an ultra-trendy feel, and choose something with more timeless styling instead. Opt for clean, straight lines and a natural wood finish in modern homes. When furnishing an older home, consider furnishing it at least partially in furniture items from the era which the home represents. Either genuine antiques or clever reproductions are viable options. Consider using such furnishings in public rooms, and reserving private family rooms for more modern decor.
Using personality and creativity, it is easy for homeowners to furnish a home that expresses the fundamental elements of their character. By choosing stylish, yet timeless pieces, people can ensure that they will enjoy their furniture for years to come.