How to make your home extension feel more homely
It can be challenging to make an extended room fit in with the rest of your home. When designing your extension, you should try to match the exterior materials to the original building. Closely matched materials can create a seamless finish on the outside, and a well-designed interior can help the home to feel consistent throughout.
Here are a few ways you can integrate your extension with the rest of your home.
Planning ahead can save you a lot of time and money. Before you begin renovating, consider how you will make the home fit in with the rest of your property. The extension should flow with the rest of the house so that it does not feel like a separate part of the building.
A consistent colour palette throughout the home can help all of the rooms to flow together. For example, you could decide on an array of neutral tones to use throughout the home’s paintwork, furnishings, carpets and décor. You could use a different accent colour in each room to add a little individuality to each space. For example, you could use a deep emerald tone in the kitchen paired with neutral furnishings and a royal blue wall in the bedroom. Follow the same rule for the extension to help it mesh with the rest of the house while maintaining individual character.
Lighting your extension is essential and can make a huge difference to the atmosphere of the room. You can add more light into the home extension by installing VELUX windows during the construction process. These can be fitted after the extension is finished, but you will need to tidy up the paintwork afterwards.
Furniture shapes a room and makes it feel lived in. Add multi-functional furniture to your extension to get more use out of the space. For example, you could have a sofa bed that functions as a couch and bed. A home extension can be expensive, so make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
Some extensions are freezing cold in the winter and boiling hot in the summer. Temperature control is key to making an extension, like a conservatory, liveable and usable throughout the year. Manage the temperature in the extension by adding insulation in the walls or ceilings. You may need to invest in specialist conservatory insulation if your extension is primarily constructed of glass panels. Insulation can also help you manage moisture, light, and noise in the extensions.
Furnishings and décor are often the fun part of renovating. However, your extension also needs to be practical and worth the money. Make sure your home extension is suitable for your family and consider its primary purpose when designing it.