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There are certain things that every home needs to have in order for it to be its very best. Let’s take a look inside to see what your home needs now. Image Source: Terra Telms

Your home is your castle, whether you are a man or a woman, and as such, should be decked out like a castle. This doesn’t mean that you need large statues of knights lining your walls, but it does mean there are some items your home – and every home – should have.

From a high quality couch to window treatments, it is time you start thinking about the things your home is missing. Think about comfort items, trendy pieces, and something to add a little bit of glitz and glamour to your home.

You may think that these items are unattainable, but that’s where you’re wrong. No matter what your budget is, there are ways for you to get these ten things that every home should have. Read on to learn about the items your home is missing.

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Every home needs certain things to make it comfortable, livable, and on-trend. Here are 10 things we think your home should have. Image Source: Mary Cook

1) An Amazing Mattress

There is nothing more important in your home than the mattress you sleep on each night. It is one area of your home that you should definitely splurge.

Take the time to test out a few mattresses and find what fits your body and sleeping habits the best. From those made of memory foam to those with temperature controls, an amazing mattress is something that every home should have.

After all, it is the place you go to rest after a long, hard day at work. It should be inviting, comforting, and down-right amazing.

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You should always splurge on a top-quality mattress for your bedroom. Image Source: Susan Glick Interiors

2) Artwork in Your Home

Artwork in your home is one of those things that everyone should have, but can tend to get overwhelming when searching for the right piece.

You can make the search for art much simpler, however, and choose a piece that speaks to you. It doesn’t have to be a pricey piece, just something that shows off your personality.

Art is something that stays with you, and should mark a memory or a place in history. Take the time choosing what’s right for your home, and think about where you want to put it before purchasing.

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Art is something that stays with you, and should mark a memory or a place in history. Always choose art that speaks to you. Image Source: Chrysalis-Home

3) Plant Life

Even if you lack a ‘green thumb’ a plant is definitely something your home should have, and for good reason. There are several different kinds of house plants that need little care and maintenance to flourish indoors.

In addition, not only do plants increase the air quality in your home, but it can make it feel more like a home. This is especially beneficial if you live in an apartment, as it can really make it feel like a permanent place as opposed to a temporary dwelling.

From a designers’ perspective, you might want to choose something a little taller than most small houseplants, such as a dracaena, which can get up to 10 foot tall. This can become a focal point in the room.

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Even if you lack a ‘green thumb’ a plant is definitely something your home should have. Image Source: Rikki Snyder

 4) One Trendy Piece

It’s no secret that trends come and go in style and fashion, but the same is true in interior designs. While you want to avoid trendy options for expensive items, such as a bright orange refrigerator, there are reasons for having a trendy piece in your home.

You can add a pop of color to your monochromatic living room with a plush, round, bright colored ottoman. You get the benefit of a trendy piece without blowing your budget on an item that will soon be out of style.

Another trendy idea— add bar stools to your kitchen island, or choose a trendy, funky art piece for your wall. These options really bring your home into the now, but can easily be replaced when the fad wears off.

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Embrace a few trends in your home with trendy artwork or bright red furnishings. Image Source: EE Arch

5) Window Treatments

While you may enjoy the sun shining in your big front picture window, there are times that pulling the curtains closed is exactly what you need. That is just one of the many reasons why every home needs window treatments.

Aside from pulling the curtains closed for privacy, there are other benefits to having window treatments. This includes controlling the amount of light in your home, and adding an additional layer of insulation for your home, which reduces energy bills all year long.

Lastly, having window treatments really adds to the décor in your home, enhancing the style. You can choose one simple window treatment, or combine different types to create a desired appearance.

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Window treatments are a must-have item. They are beautiful and functional! Image Source: Carter Kay Interiors

6) Candles and Accessories

From a simple breakfast of coffee and a muffin to an elegant meal with the entire family around the dining table, candles are the perfect centerpiece, and should be a staple in every home.

Candles have the natural ability to create a calming feeling, and make every meal special. The warm flickering candle can turn any regular day into something magical, and keep children’s attention focused on the table and the meal.

If you do have kids in the house, it is recommended that you opt for battery-operated candles as opposed to those with real flames. Many battery-operated candles flicker, giving you the same warming feeling as a traditional flame candle. And don’t forget to accessorize with other table-top items such as vases, decorative trays, books, and pictures—all of these little decorative touches add warmth and character to your home.

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Don’t be scared to accessorize your home. Trendy accessories add character to your home. Image Source: Ohara Interiors

7 ) Something Black

Much like every woman needs to have a little black dress in her closet, every home needs to have something black. It is classy, never goes out of style, and goes with anything.

Something black in your home can accent the other colors in the space, adds definition and sophistication, and provides weight in the design. You do not have to add a lot of black to the space, just a bold accent.

This could be anything from a painted block on the ceiling, a large vase, an accent wall, or an area rug. You get to pick the piece that is black. Just remember not to overdo it. One  or two well-balanced pieces are all you need.

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Every home should have something black—it adds depth, style and warmth to your home. Image Source: Echelon Custom Homes

8) An Organized Bookshelf

A bookshelf is more than a bookshelf—it is a wall of endless decorative possibilities, and it is definitely something that every home should have. There is one key detail, however, that should not be overlooked – the bookshelf needs to be organized.

Yes, this is the perfect place to store your favorite books, but it can also be a great way to display a personal collection, a bold black accent piece, and even family photos, all of which can change over the years to fit your personality.

Avoid putting all your books on one shelf. Instead, alternate books with decorative items, using heavy, bulky items as book ends to hold the books up. This increases the visual appearance, and shows off your personality.

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Book shelves aren’t just for books! Decorate your home with shelves lined in things you love. Image Source: Hudson Place Realty

9) A Personal Touch

Your home’s design and interiors are – and should be – a reflection of who you are. That said, it is necessary that every home have a personal touch, something that really shows your guests who you are.

This could be a collection of your favorite things from your childhood, your travels, or your family’s history. No matter what it is, it is special to you and should be on display in your home.

Not only is this a way to let your guests get to know who you are, just by your collection, but the stories behind the items can be great conversation starters.

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Every home should have personal touches through family pictures or personal momentos. Image Source: David Michael Miller

10) A Quiet Retreat

Life is stressful. That goes without saying. From a busy work schedule to a busy home schedule, the days tend to get overwhelming, and there never seems to be enough hours in the day. With all that in mind, every home needs to have a quiet retreat.

You need a place you can look forward to going to at the end of a long, yet not long enough, day. For most men, this space is a man cave and for some women, it is the kitchen, craft room or reading nook. However, to truly relax, and kick up your feet, you need a serene space in your home.

The bathroom is also the perfect place to create a calming and relaxing space. Include a claw foot soaking tub, candles, and dimmers on the lights with a cool color palette to end your day. Choose a room just for yourself to transform into a quiet, well-deserved retreat.

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Every home needs a quiet retreat where you can relax and escape—the bathroom is a perfect place to get away. Image Source: Zellc

Now that you know the ten things every home should have, it’s time to get creative. Many of these items can be obtained by transforming things you already have in your home. For instance, adding that touch of black can be achieved by simply painting a wall or spray painting an inexpensive vase in your living room.

You can also get your personal touch and organized bookshelf by transforming a shelving unit in your home with paint, then filling the shelves with books you have in boxes and your family heirlooms that are collecting dust in your attic.

Take the time to think about how you can get these necessary items in your home to show off your personality, add unique touches, and give yourself the quiet, relaxing, peaceful space you are proud to call home.