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How to bring balance to your home

How to bring balance to your home

Emily Murray, creator of the Pink House blog and author of the forthcoming book, ‘Pink House Living’ (published 19th March by Ryland, Peters & Small) knows the secret to creating a balanced home space. And, no, it’s not all about painting your house pink.

Smart storage

I’m a huge fan of bespoke carpentry to make the most of limited space and hide clutter. You might not think you can fit an extra cupboard in that room but a carpenter can help you utilise every nook and cranny to help keep your house tidy and your mind calm.

Don’t fight it

Dark, north-facing rooms can make you feel down and out of sorts. But don’t reach for the white gloss paint; rather than attempting to battle the gloom with bright hues (which will only make the room look dingy), turn the space into a cosy sanctuary with rich, dark tones, metallics and plenty of peripheral lighting.

Renovation rules

Planning a renovation? If you’re extending your home, consider whether the size of the new spaces will be in balance with the rest of the rooms, and make sure each living area flows easily into the next. Paying attention to proportion and design from the outset will result in a long-term sense of equilibrium, and guests who feel instantly at home. 

Outside in

There’s no quicker way to restore balance to your home than with a bunch of flowers. If you can, eschew tired-looking supermarket bunches for a few carefully selected seasonal stems from your local florist, and pad them out with foliage from your garden.

Pink for the win

Ok, so I *would* push for pink, but it’s not just *my* favourite colour: in fact this paler shade of red is scientifically proven to make us happier.  Start with a pink front door and you’ll feel those happy vibes the moment you arrive home.

Emily Murray; @pinkhouseliving


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