The following is a guest post:
Decorating your own home can fill you with enthusiasm and ideas. Your home is your castle, as the old saying goes, and how you choose to decorate it reflects some of your character and allows other people to see the kind of person you are.
Going to someone’s home for the first time can be very revealing. Although at work someone might seem formal and reserved, if you’re invited over for a summer drinks party or a dinner party you might see a totally different side to them in their own home. Obviously, it’s a social occasion and people are usually more relaxed in their own environment, but the furnishings and décor they choose helps to give an overall impression, too. And of course, the same thing will happen when you open your doors to colleagues and acquaintances too.
However, you shouldn’t worry about what other people think – or might think – when you decorate your home. Although it might tell them more about you as a person, your first priority is to make your home somewhere you enjoy spending time in; not about what kind of impression it will make on others.
So, when choosing a sofa, although you might think you ‘ought’ to get one of the latest shapes or colours, think about whether that’s what you really want in your home. Chic designer recliners might look great, but do you have the space in your living room for one, or will it just look overly large when in the reclined position? Likewise, a light coloured fabric sofa might be the best choice for the overall look of the room, but if you have young children who aren’t the best at washing their hands, how long will it stay looking good? Often, it’s best to go for the most practical colour and shape sofa that suits your household, and use other items like framed prints and ornaments to stamp your personality on a room.