The importance of “home”can be credited to one thing: family.
More than a touch point between activities, today’s home is a safe haven, a place to relax, unwind, and reconnect. Because people are spending more time at home, they want their surroundings to be more comfortable-not just from a physical point of view but from a visual one as well. The full-time mom may be most interested in a homey kitchen where almost everything can be done including homework while an executive-type might want the ultimate master suite, an oasis where he or she can truly escape the pressures of the day. A well-outfitted home office might appeal to someone who works from home while a couple who entertain frequently will put more emphasis on the living and dining rooms.
The good news is that there are as many decorating possibilities as there are points of view. It’s simply a matter of determining your priorities and personal preferences not forgetting your budget of course, then translating them into a room scheme. Creating comfortable living quarters, however, is more than a matter of shopping for a new piece of furniture from time to time; it means starting with a master plan-one that takes into account the wants and needs of every family member which sometimes includes pets.
There are more resources than ever to help you carry out your design strategy. If you prefer to use a professional interior designer, he or she will have access to countless discounted furnishings. On the other hand, the do-it yourselfer doesn’t have to give up a thing in terms of style; from furniture stores and boutiques to a virtual wealth of online resources, good design is readily available.
Simply put, creativity doesn’t have a price tag. Just keep in mind that decorating is an evolution, a never-ending process. But as long as you follow your heart, your home will suit you. And nothing else really matters.