What is a room without furniture and decoration? It is just a big empty box. Our first priority is to make a room functional. The kitchen is nothing without the work surfaces, the storage cabinets and the sink and appliances that define it as a kitchen. The rest of the rooms in the house are defined by their utilitarian purposes as well.
Beyond functionality, our rooms are reflections of our personal sense of style. This has been the case throughout history. Archaeologists have discovered cave drawings even in the most ancient of human dwellings. They can actually trace the evolution of man through the increasing complexity of our art and decoration. Simple outlines of hunters killing game evolved into elaborate colored frescoes and eventually into high art.
Today, we have multitudes of styles to choose from and as has been the case throughout history, style defines who we are as families and societies quite apart from the functional aspects of our furnishings and decoration. One family may prefer a sleigh bed to a standard upright bed, while another family prefers a modern metal frame bed.
The style makes little or no difference to its level of comfort. A queen sleigh bed is just as comfortable as a queen four poster bed. The defining difference is in its style.
Remember the importance of style when you are shopping for the furnishings in your home. What style of furniture really resonates with you? Do you prefer Victorian era furnishings or something more modern? Don’t let the perceived cost get in the way of your decision. While you may not be able to afford an antique headboard, you can always get a faithful reproduction. There are so many to choose from, you can find something that’s right for you no matter what your budget.
Yes, you do have to think about function and what will realistically fit into the space available to you. You may have to get a corner workstation when what you really want is a solid wood executive desk. You will be amazed, though, by how close an approximation in style you can get, even in a modestly priced corner work station from an online furniture dealer. The selection we have today is vast.
There is no reason to sell yourself short, even if you are on a budget. With a little work, you can furnish your home is a way that is distinctly yours and that you will love to live in. Style and aesthetics seem to be a uniquely human characteristic. They are what make life more than just living – they make it enjoyable and enriching.