Light touches for your home to make it easier, even more livable don’t have to be expensive, nor complicated.
They can be simple, functional, easily built or added and, yet, far more valuable than they cost to make home life more of, well, home!
Fortunately for us, Houzz contributing writer Cheryl Freedman was thinking about the same thing and jotted down a few ideas, published them in a recent Houzz post.
“It isn’t always the investment pieces — the forever sofas and antique tables — that we end up loving the most in our homes,” Freedman writes. “Instead, sometimes it truly is the little things that make day-to-day life just a bit easier or more special.”
1. Put your feet up. The humble footstool can easily be overlooked in the living room as we hunt around for the ideal armchair. But it’s an amazingly versatile piece that also adds relaxed, vintage character to a space.
2. Add some narrow shelves. Picture ledges are a great place to display a shifting gallery of art. Kids’ drawings, inspirational quotes or family portraits can sit next to more serious artworks.
3. Pin up your paraphernalia. Even in the age of the Internet (and the resurgence of pegboard), sometimes nothing beats an old-fashioned bulletin board. Whether you use it as a mood board, filled with paint cards and fabric swatches, an inspirational display, crammed with quotes and favorite artworks, or even just a place to pin the plumber’s phone number, bulletin boards add personality and, of course, are highly useful.
4. Park your umbrella. If you have the space, an umbrella stand is one of those simple things that makes daily life more organized.
5. Make teatime or your coffee break fun. So you like to drink tea and you want to display your collection of nice mugs. You also need to be able to access them fast, when you’re in urgent need of a hot beverage (which is basically all the time). A row of hooks is your answer.
6. Celebrate a clock. Yes, we know you use your cellphone to check the time — everyone does. But if you don’t have a wall clock, you don’t know what you’re missing. A classic design adds a vintage vibe and helps ground a design.
7. Plug in a wall light. Wall lights can make a real difference to the ambience and functionality of a room. However, they require planning (not always easy), an electrician and, inevitably, a certain amount of upheaval.
8. Pull out a chopping board. No more scrambling around in cupboards for a suitable surface to dice a carrot on. A handy pullout chopping board takes up less space than a butcher’s block but means you’re always prepared, whether you’re slicing a lemon for your drink or rustling up something more complicated.
9. Add some wheels. Do you spend half your life pulling your coffee table closer to your sofa so you can put down your mocha or magazine? Then a coffee table on casters could be the answer.
10. Work in some wicker. Storage baskets are the easy option for most of us. They give the impression of order without requiring us to endlessly organize all our bits and pieces into carefully assigned homes.
Read Freedman’s full piece: