We all look for something different in a dream home. Some of us look out for spacious design above everything else. Others won’t even consider a property unless it comes complete with an outhouse, or garage space. Sometimes, our preferences don’t even involve the house itself. Instead, certain individuals place more focus on the garden included, or the view they get to enjoy.
This makes sense when you consider that you spend more time inside the house looking out than you do looking at the property itself. Once you’ve bought the place, in fact, you may stop seeing it at all. But, the view will always be there, either reminding you of the mistake you made in not considering it, or rewarding your efforts. It’s just difficult to find anything which tops a stunning landscape. Aesthetically pleasing views like these are good for mental health among other things.
Why is it, then, that many of us fail to make the most of those views we work so hard to find? It’s not only our houses which we stop seeing once we’re in them. Whether your dream house is on the beachfront, or in the middle of nowhere, it may be that you go weeks, or even months, without taking time to look out. It’s a crying shame, and one we’re going to help you rectify. Here are a few ways you can keep your view at the forefront of your house.
If you have to crouch up next to a tiny window to look outside, the chances are that you won’t bother. Even if you intend to make the time, you probably won’t remember because the view isn’t right there to remind you. Plus, the calming benefits of stunning scenery would be difficult to enjoy this way. Instead think about making your windows more prominent so that you can see the view, no matter what you’re doing. It may be that you want to install a panoramic window to help you appreciate what you have. Or, perhaps you want to invest in something like these sliding aluminium windows, which you can open on nice days. This way, you would literally be able to invite the view into your life. Whichever way you choose to do it, this is a surefire way to make the most of your view at all times. Even better, you won’t have to take time out to do so. A panoramic window in your living room, for example, will be there in front of you whenever you use the room. It won’t require any effort from you!
You don’t need us to tell you that the way you arrange your furniture is essential. It impacts everything, from the way a room makes you feel, to how spacious an area appears. And, it can also be a massive help in making the most of a view. Common sense dictates that you wouldn’t have your furniture facing away from your windows if views are important to you. But, some of us don’t take this far enough. Instead of merely placing furniture where you can see the view, you can use it to highlight your windows. In an ideal world, people’s eyes would be drawn straight to your stunning surroundings. Using furniture as a sort of guide is a fantastic way to ensure this happens. If your furniture leads the way to the view, all attention will be in the right place.
Take a living room, for example. Most of us use television sets as the focal point of the room. And, the furniture dictates this by leading the eye towards that central feature. Remove the television from this equation by placing it in a corner, or somewhere out of the way. Then, use the windows in the same way you used your television before. In no time at all, you view will become your best feature.
Consider the uses for your rooms
Unless you’re lucky enough to afford a house in the middle of nowhere, your stunning view will only be on one side of the house. The other side is probably either other houses or a road. There’s no getting around that. But, you should think about where you place each of your rooms. It’s no good putting the rooms you use most often on the side without a view. That’s a sure way to let that stunning landscape go to waste. Instead, reconsider what you use each room for. Think about whether you use the view to the best of your ability, and if not, make some changes. Rooms worth focusing on are your living room, study, kitchen, and bedrooms. Placing bathrooms and cloakrooms on the other side of the house makes much more sense. A spare room wouldn’t be the end of the world, either.
Make the effort
If you aren’t willing to make an effort to appreciate the view, you’ll struggle to get anything from it, even with these points. Even if you rearrange your furniture, or install much bigger windows, it’s down to you actually to look outside once in awhile. Otherwise, your efforts, and the view itself, will go to waste.
The good news is, once you get into a habit with this, things will get much easier. Instead of turning the television on the moment you sit down, take ten minutes to look outside. Pay attention to everything around you. Landscapes change all the time, so you can be sure there will always be something to look at. Extend this to twenty minutes, and then half an hour. Before you know it, you’ll be in the habit of absorbing that view each day. Just as reaching for the remote was once second nature, looking out the window will now be a go-to relaxation method. Finally, you’ll be in a position to appreciate the dream view you always wanted. And, you’re sure to appreciate your home a lot more because of it. So, don’t hesitate to get started!