Whether you’ve just had your home constructed by a local builder or you bought it from a real estate agent, you want to furnish your home for added value in the years to come..
When you want your home to look nice or you think that you might sell it or let it for rent, you want to make sure that you are picking items that actually help enhance the value of your home, rather than simply keeping the same value. Often this means picking out furnishings and pieces of decor that are going to give you the best possible value. But how do you do that? Here are a few suggestions to get you started and to let you know what to pick and what not to pick.
Don’t Choose Cheap and Insubstantial Items
While it may look cool to have a more modular looking home, that doesn’t mean that your furniture will hold up. Thin items that are made with particle board or that have not be been made with material that will truly last are not going to add value to your home at all. These will break down, get holes in them, and generally have problems that are less than desired.
Pick Instead – Hard Wood Items
Hard wood items don’t need to be huge and bulky, they can be made in most thicknesses, combined with other elements, and can be surprisingly modern. Try and pick ones that can be re-painted over the years if trends change and ensure that they are in styles that are going to be somewhat bland, making them able to blend in with other elements of any home with ease.
Don’t Pick – Synthetic Fibres
While they may look nice originally, synthetic fibres tend to break down fast, give off different smells, and are generally not going to last a long time. Often they will seem completely out of place within just a few years if you change anything in your decor. They are not timeless at all and instead are going to date your home in a way that is not at all pleasant.
Pick Instead – Natural Fibres
Try and pick items like rugs and throws that are made from natural fibres and have been professionally dyed. You’ll be glad you did when it comes time to arrange for your local carpet cleaner to come and clean your carpets and rugs. It is true that these items are going to have a more muted look, but this also allows them to blend in with other elements that are going to change around your home. Picking them in a primary colour is always a good idea as you can usually match them to something or use them as a single spot of colour in a bright room.
For the outdoors, choose quality outdoor blinds for your entertaining areas such as decks, patios and pergolas.
Don’t Pick – Heavy Chairs And Couches
Heavy chairs and couches are generally going to be a bad idea as they put too much emphasis on a single piece of furniture, making them nearly impossible to move. They can’t be changed out easily, and usually they are a bit too expensive compared to the amount of use that they will get. They also tend to be in one style only, making it so that they can’t be changed to fit other people’s tastes.
Choose Instead – Lighter More Modular Items
If you can find furniture that is made of multiple pieces that can be swapped out or used in different ways, these are going to be the best possible items for your home. Outside of that, look for furniture items that are going to be interchangeable after a while. You want to make sure that you are going to get the best possible use.
While you can find good furniture at places like Ikea and other places that sell flat-pack furniture, you do want to make sure that you are are picking the best items. Generally you want to make sure that you are taking the best possible pieces. Don’t buy things just because they match with others, but instead try and think of how they will look in your home. You can always mix and match.
Try to think of the value of the pieces in your home, you don’t want to cram it full of cheap pieces, instead try and focus on one or two at a time. A good piece will stand on it’s own merit, needing very little to emphasise it. This is where less is more and where you should really consider each and every piece that you are going to use in your home.
Don’t be afraid to go with patterns or colors that you really like, but try and keep it so that each piece works together as a whole. If you want something truly outlandish, you want to make sure that you are going to have other plain pieces to keep it in balance. Think of each room as having a central theme and build on it from there.
Try and get pieces that won’t scratch and need re-painting quickly. You want to be able to live in your home, but also have it look brand new. Modern life is not such that you can afford to have rooms that are completely untouched. You should also expect that any tenants you have are going to use all of the items that have put in place.
If you are re-doing the fixtures in a home, look for modern and sleek ones, not ones that are going to be imposing or stately. You can always add extra touches back onto them at a later date, but it is much harder to deal with large items anywhere in a house. You should still ensure that they are sturdy and that you will not have issues with their use.
Overall, adding value to a home is just making sure that they are able to be used and that they will look good for years to come. No-one should be able to come into your home and tell that you haven’t updated anything for 10 years. No-one should be able to see that you have added new items and that they don’t seem to fit in, and no-one should see your home as a place where nothing matches. If you follow the suggestions set forth here, your home should very nicely reflect the overall value that you have put into it.