Your Practical Guide for Redefining Your Living Space

By Dhanyaa / 7 December 2023

homeElegance in white. Photo Source: The Spruce

  • Discover the art of turning your house into a cosy home with five simple steps.

When I first walked into my new home, it felt strange and unfamiliar. Honestly, I didn’t like it. All I wanted was to go back to my old place where I’d been for years. The idea of redesigning and decorating the new house seemed like a big headache as if there was so much work to do, and I felt overwhelmed.

Yet, as time passed, my perspective shifted. No matter where I go, there’s truly no place like home. That house has definitely become my home. Redesigning and decorating my living space, despite the thought and effort it demanded, is a process I wouldn’t trade for anything else. Somewhere between all the furniture shopping and painting the walls, my house has transformed into a place I’d prefer to spend the entire day.

Now, as I get used to daily life, my home has become more than just walls and furniture. It’s a cosy place, reflecting my journey, joys, and who I am. In sharing my experience, I want to help you on your home journey. Your home is a part of you, a special place waiting to be discovered. 

So, whether you’re moving or refreshing, let’s explore making spaces into cosy corners where your personality shows in simple, heartfelt ways.


1/ Beg​​in with a Thoughtful Plan

​​home Pokok.AsiaThe art of a thoughtful plan in shaping your living space. Photo Source: iStock

Let’s start your decorating journey with a well-thought-out plan. 

Think deeply about how you live, what you need, and what you like. Imagine how you want each room to feel, maybe cosy, productive, or fun. And, of course, set a budget that makes sense for what you want to do.

This plan is like your decorating map. It guides you through everything. It’s the plan that keeps everything working well together in your home. 

Taking the time to plan carefully at the beginning means you’re creating a home that not only looks good but also feels just right for you.


2/ Craft a Unique Color Palette

home Pokok.AsiaBringing life to spaces. Photo Source: One Kings Lane Blog

Think of colours as the magical ingredients that can set the mood in each room of your home. 

When you start decorating, pick a bunch of colours that make you feel good. Start with neutral ones like white, beige, or grey as a base. Then, add in pops of your favourite colours using things like pillows, paintings, or cool furniture.

Each colour can make you feel different things. For example, blues might bring calmness, while reds could bring energy. Choose the colours based on how you want each room to feel.

If it’s your bedroom, maybe you want calming colours. If it’s the living room, maybe you want some lively colours.

The key is to have fun and pick colours that make you happy. 

It’s your space, so make it uniquely yours with colours that match your style and feelings.


3/ Master Furniture Placement

home Pokok.AsiaThe art of arrangement. Photo Source: The Spruce

Now, let’s talk about furniture, the stuff that fills up your home and makes it cosy. 

First things first, grab a measuring tape and figure out how much space you have. You don’t want a sofa that’s too big for your living room, right?

Once you’ve got your measurements, think about what you’ll do in each part of the room. If it’s the TV area, make sure everyone can see the screen comfortably. If it’s a reading nook, set up your chairs and lamps for the perfect reading spot.

Don’t be afraid to play around with different furniture setups until you find one that feels just right. 

It’s like arranging puzzle pieces until they fit perfectly together. 


4/ Curate Your Space with a Blend of Styles

home Pokok.AsiaFinding harmony in diversity. Photo Source: Mansion Global

Alright, let’s get into the fun part which is mixing and matching! 

Think of your home as a canvas, and you’re the artist creating a masterpiece. Instead of sticking to just one style, like having everything super modern or all vintage, let’s mix things up.

Imagine a cosy living room with a modern sofa, surrounded by vintage-inspired chairs that make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. 

The key here is to blend different textures, patterns, and styles that somehow just click together. 

It’s like picking ingredients for a perfect recipe – each one adds its flavour, making the whole thing more interesting. 

So, don’t be afraid to mix a little modern with a dash of vintage, or rustic with a hint of glam. 

That’s the art of mix and match, creating a space that’s uniquely you!


5/ Prioritise Functionality and Storage

home Pokok.AsiaPractical elegance. Photo Source: Martha Stewart

Ever heard of furniture that pulls double duty as storage?

Think about an ottoman – not just any ottoman, but one with secret storage inside! 

It’s like having a stylish treasure chest where you can hide away extra blankets, magazines, or anything you want out of sight. 

And what about bookcases? Sure, they’re great for showing off your favourite reads, but imagine having cute baskets on the shelves to hide away the things you don’t want on display. 

It’s a double win – stylish and smart! 

By organising your stuff in furniture that’s not just pretty but practical too, you’re creating a home that’s both clutter-free and super cosy. 

It’s like having the best of both worlds!


Styling your perfect home

All said and done, decorating and designing your home isn’t an easy task, but it sure is super satisfying when you see the final result. 

Don’t rush it. Take your time. If you’re moving into a new place, start with the essential areas like the kitchen and living room. These are the spaces you use every day, so it makes sense to focus on them first.

Building your home slowly is like growing with it. Each piece you add tells a bit more of your story. 

So, be patient, plan well, and enjoy the process.

Use these tips to turn your living space into a cosy and functional place that shows off your style. 

Have fun with it, and let your imagination go wild. 




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