As a homeowner, you’re always looking for ways to make the space your own – to reflect your character, your unique style, and your vision. But, it can be hard to know which design elements make the greatest impact on your home’s welcoming, livable, and stylish energy. 

Though interior design trends are always changing, there are several elements present within most homes that, when tailored to your own personal taste, can create a compelling invitation for anyone to come in and stay awhile. When implemented, interior design can make you feel a  greater sense of accomplishment and comfort in your own home – because you know it reflects who you are on the inside.

It might seem obvious, but curating the color palette present in your home is one of the most essential steps you can take to personalizing your living space. Few elements are as important in a home as color, and it can make all the difference in your mood, productivity, and comfort in your living space. Many people like to utilize warm, energizing colors in “activity areas” like the kitchen, playroom or home office, while saving relaxing, meditative colors for “restful areas” like the bedroom, bathroom, and meditation room.

A good question to ask when choosing colors is: how do I want to feel when I enter the space? Cool colors, like blue and green, promote a feeling of calm, and space for thought. Warmer colors like pink or brown convey a nurturing feeling and are perfect for cozy activities.

If your home has hardwood flooring in the living spaces, you’re in luck! Hardwood flooring is one of the most versatile assets you can have in your home. Depending on the finish, texture, and overall condition of your floors, you can create bring virtually any design to life that accents your hardwood flooring while showcasing your own personal style.

Natural hardwood flooring is one of the most glamorous elements used to accentuate a home’s natural splendor. It can easily add classic style to the space, or a zesty modern flair – and they make the space more welcoming and “’livable”, too. Hardwood floors bring coolness and airiness to the space on summer afternoons, promoting naps and quiet conversations. And, they hold warmth and welcome in guests for entertaining by the fire in the winter.

When it comes to utilizing the hardwood flooring in your home for your decorating plans, the first step is to ensure that it’s been properly cared for. And if it hasn’t, you have options! There are experts available that are more than happy to share their knowledge on professional floor installation, ongoing care, and maintenance, or even restoration if it has suffered water damage. It’s also important to make sure that you incorporate a hardwood flooring care regimen into your household tasks, as well, to ensure that your floors stay beautiful for years to come.

Finally, making a point to choose decor that reflects your style and vision for your home is a critical step in ensuring that you can welcome your friends and family into a living space that reflects your vision. Furniture and fixtures can be sourced in a variety of styles, ranging from natural to glamorous design.

However you decide to furnish your home, the most important component is the choice to engage your creativity. Your home is one of the canvasses on which you can experiment freely, and, with the right elements at your disposal, it can become a wonderful way to share your tastes with your loved ones.