Giving your home some sense of personality can often be surprisingly difficult for a lot of people. This is because they often end up coming up against obstacles that they simply weren’t expecting. Of all of these the most common is trying to find some kind of balance between form and function. From is the aesthetic design of your home, ranging from the style, decor, and sense of identity. Function is how well you’re actually able to use the house. Do you have the space to move around? Can you fit all of your stuff in it? Do the lights work? What tends to happen is that people focus so heavily on function, since that’s the aspect that helps you actually live in your home, that they end up neglecting the aesthetic side of things. Of course, doing things the other way round can be just as dangerous. You don’t want a house that looks absolutely incredible when you upload it to your Instagram feed but doesn’t have running water, or the roof is leaking. The key is, as with most things in life, balance. With that in mind, here are some ways to balance form and function so that a home that works doesn’t also need to be boring.
Space is often the thing that’s at the forefront of most people’s minds when they’re designing their home. However, it’s important to remember that space is about more than just square footage. You need to think about space both in practical and aesthetic terms. Look at the space around you as well as the things that you want to put into it. Will creating a large amount of space in the center of the room make it feel light and airy, or is it going to leave it feeling kind of stale? Some homes benefit from large amounts of empty space, giving them a trendy, modern feel. However, if you’re trying to create a more rustic, bohemian style, then you may not want to use as much empty space. The trick is to find a happy medium where you have the space to move around and feel comfortable, without feeling as though you’re in some kind of cavernous space that never really feels like home.
There’s a general rule that says that you should try and get as much light into a room as possible at all times. Now, there’s a degree to which this is true. If your home is poorly lit, then it’s going to end up feeling dank, dark, and unbearably cramped no matter how big it is. However, that doesn’t mean that buying the brightest bulbs and filling each room with lamps is the solution. You should also think about the kind of light that you’re trying to create in your home. Think about it this way: the atmosphere of your kitchen is fundamentally different to the atmosphere of your bedroom, right? Well, light is often one of the most important factors in that. If your bedroom was lit with the kind of cold, bright lights that you use in your kitchen or bathroom, you’d never be able to get cozy and relax. And if you had soft, warm lighting all throughout your kitchen, you’d end up constantly straining to see anything. Fitting the light to the tone of the room is one of those things that is incredibly important, but often goes ignored.
Generally speaking, the appliances in your home, everything from the taps to the washing machine, are thought of in purely practical terms. This is, of course, the most important part. It doesn’t matter what your dishwasher looks like if it’s not going to wash your dishes. However, that doesn’t mean that you should ignore the aesthetics of your appliances either. Let’s say that you’re living in a home with a distinctly vintage style. You certainly aren’t going to want chrome fittings, and modern looking appliances are you? Try and find appliances that fit with the style of your home overall. In fact, there are a lot of companies that make appliances that are fully modern in their construction but designed to look classic and vintage. Companies like Only Radiators have a wide variety of different styles ranging from traditional to stylish industrial radiators. You might not think that those kinds of appliances would generally be a consideration when you’re designing the aesthetics of your home, but they really can make a significant difference.
Storage is something that almost never gets thought about outside of purely functional terms. After all, at its root, storage is often about hiding things away, not showing them off. And sure, if you want to store things in plastic boxes in the attic or under the bed then that’s fine, but there are plenty of ways that you can use creative storage methods that bring out the style of your home perfectly. If you’re living in a more modern, industrial style property, then things like metal frame wardrobes fit with that wonderfully and even allow you to turn your clothes into a part of the decor. Similarly, a bohemian style home benefits greatly from a sense that things are just loosely scattered around. Piles of books and decorations, while they might be very carefully placed, look fantastic in these kinds of homes when they’re out in the open.
If the attitude that you should take to your home needed to be summed up in a single word, that word would be “holistic.” You should think about every design choice that you make in relation to everything else. How does a particular piece of furniture affect everything from the shape and size of a room to the color palate, theming, and overall style? It might seem like a lot of extra work, but if you want a home that you can really be proud of, then it’s worth the time and effort that you put into it. After a while, you’ll be factoring all of these things together without even thinking about it, and creating a really beautiful home will become practically effortless.