Creating a Space that Reflects Who You Are…
The one thing that I love when it comes to how you make your home look more adult is the fact of how it makes me feel so sophisticated. It makes me feel so grown up, having a gorgeously decorated house to come home to. It also reminds me of how far I’ve come. From my university dorm room to my first apartment, it feels like my interior style has come leaps and bounds. I can see the progress and it feels good to say my skills have been refined.
Making your home look more adult is a process but so worth it. Becoming house proud is a journey, but once you’re on the path, the journey of creating a home that everyone will admire is so much fun. So if you’re ready to upgrade your bed linen and are serious about changing up your home, here are my top tips on how to make a house look more adult…
Hang Up Your Artwork.
Hanging up your artwork is the first step in creating an elevated home. For the longest time, my artwork would just sit on the floor leaning up against the wall. Bare walls suggest a lack of regard for the surroundings, it’s the ultimate sign that this home is a ‘temporary’ space. Whilst you want a few blank spots for your eyes to rest, take the plunge and hang up your prints. Take your time to hone in on your art style and determine the types of pieces that make you happy.
Once you start to develop your collection, now it’s time to hang your art correctly. Firstly, now is not the time to just stick your prints onto the wall with blutac. Invest in some frames, they don’t have to be expensive, I love finding a thrift frame in vintage stores. Giving your artwork the TLC it needs and framing it correctly will ensure your artwork lasts for a long time.
Opt for Neutrals.
A neutral palette always looks so sophisticated and timeless, which is the vibe you want to create when you’re trying to make your home look more adult. So it’s time to say goodbye to those pieces that don’t fall into the traditional interior style and hello to warm, neutral tones.
Neutral doesn’t mean any colour. Whilst it’s important to start with the building blocks in your blacks, whites and browns, colour can be easily incorporated with your rugs, textiles and more. Personally, I like to change my colour depending on the season, with dark greens and rusts for Autumn and Winter, and airy blues for summer.
Shop Neutral Home Decor.
Eliminate Clutter But Get Personal.
For the ultimate grown-up home, it’s time to get rid of clutter. It’s time to find everything home and get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in your home. That doesn’t mean to have everything bare. How you decorate your shelves should reflect your personality and your personal style.
I love to show off my personality with my decor choices. This includes my coffee table books, the scent of my candles and floral choices. When it comes to showing personal touches, I love to do this with photographs, little trinkets. The decor allows me to show off my personality without having to say a word, whilst the personal touches allow me to invite a guest into more of my life.
Upgrade Your Kitchenware.
The next step in making your home feel more adult is to upgrade your kitchenware. It’s time to get rid of your miss-matched mugs and invest in a set. You’ll also want to invest in a set of wine glasses and a cheeseboard, those entertaining bits for last-minute gatherings with your friends. Once I started having these pieces on hand, I started to feel like I was ready for anything.
More than that, I feel like my home is somewhere where I now want people over, somewhere for people to gather and catch up. Having these pieces allow me to create a moment, elevating everyday life.
Incorporate Accent Lighting.
I’m always talking about lighting and how it can make a difference to your home. Accent lighting is what makes your home from a house to an elevated space to live in. Don’t rely solely on your home’s overhead fixtures. Think about table and floor lights. Accent lights that will make a difference to your home. Every sitting point in a room should have some form of lighting. Somewhere where you can curl up with a drink and a good book.
The next thing is to get in the habit of using these accent lights more than your overhead light. I hardly use our main light and it’s made a difference to the vibe and feel of our home.