Are you adventurous? Well-travelled? Creative? These are personality traits that can be written on your walls. So, what does your home say about you? There’s a reason that they say ‘home is where the heart is’ resonates with people. No matter where life takes you, home is the place you come back to time and time again. Your home is meant to be a place of comfort, safety and self-expression—it’s supposed to represent who you are. Is your home telling the correct tale or do you need to write a new story? Before you decide, here are some things your home may be saying about you, whether it is intentional or not:
Examining your home’s exterior elements: while it’s known that it’s not fair to judge a book by it’s cover, for those who never step foot inside your home—the cover may be all they have to go on. Your home’s exterior can say just as much about you as the interior design. This means there is a lot of room for creativity and self-expression before anyone steps inside. One of the first indicators to a passerby as to what type of homeowner inhabits a residence is the basic size of the home. Size is often a reflection of income or lifestyle. Exterior colour schemes are also a great way to express who you are. Bold colours give a sense of homeowners that are out to grab life by the horns and take on adventures. For example, a red door says, ‘look at me, I’m not shy!’ While muted colours may make you appear more relaxed, casual or understated. Similarly, small welcoming details can be great indicators of the lovely hosts that live within a home. Details such as welcome mats, charming pathways or outdoor lamps create a sense of familial space that welcome guests, saying, ‘Home is where the heart is’.
Let landscaping tell a personal story: the landscaping effort that goes into a home is also an indicator of homeowner taste and style. Great landscaping takes planning, investment and energy—which tells those who pass by that the homeowners, are hard-working people. Even a landscaping work in progress says something to the outside world. A landscaping project that reveals clean lines and symmetrical designs could be a way to emphasize the importance of order in your life, or simply say that you are a minimalist. Landscaping that plays up embellished arrangements or intricate stonework could express a love for detail and charm. A contrast of these two elements combined could speak to your appreciation for balance in life.
Emotional investment in interior design: once family and friends step through the front door, your story continues through your interior design choices. The interior colour palette is going to immediately set a tone for the home’s overall sense of atmosphere. Warm colours vs. modern cooler tones define the home’s purpose within seconds of walking in. The floor plan of the home is also a clear indicator of lifestyle. A home that displays an open floor plan gives the sense of a family that enjoys time together. The materials that are used to build a home speak to the future plans of homeowners. Homes that have investments made in the long-term features such as granite countertops or high-end hardwood flooring could indicate that the owners are committed to the long haul. While homes that have cheaper, lower-quality pieces can say, ‘We don’t have the money to invest right now, or we don’t want to invest in this short-term living space’.
The importance of home efficiency and extras: beyond the aesthetic appeal of a home is its functionality and what that says about the homeowners. For example, if your home runs on green efforts, the commitment is going to show through. Solar panels, rainwater purifiers or high-efficiency heaters are silent testaments to a homeowner’s belief in a sustainable environment. The securities you add to your home also speaks to your personal beliefs. For instance, posted security system signs are clear indicators of homeowners that value protection for themselves and their home.
What does your home say about you? Are you friendly and welcoming or are you private and closed off? Isn’t it amazing that your home has the power to tell your story without even saying a word? Design your home’s exterior and interior with purpose and meaning, and send a clear message of who you are. No matter what’s important to you and your family, there’s a way to convey that to the outside world through home design. As life and preferences change, so can home design and what it says about your life—and that makes your home the ultimate storyboard for great things to come.
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