The #1 Thing Every Home Should Have—Do You Agree?

There are so many elements that when combined create the ideal interior for a home. It's not just beautiful things either (although they help). No, creating your own space, your personal sanctuary is just as much about your energy and personality too. It's easy to look at the styled imagery of iconic designers and feel as though it's miles away from our reality, but according to Spanish designer and author of New PerspectivesLuis Bustamante, "A house has to transmit the essence of the owners" and " interpret their dreams and aspirations."

He writes in his book that our homes often say more about who we are than our clothes, taste in food, and our hobbies, and believes the key mission of every decorator is to "ensure the house speaks the same personal language as its owners." And you don't need to be an interior designer (or hire one) to achieve that.

In fact, the biggest influence for anyone when approaching an interior is travel. "It has completely influenced my style," he says. "I have learned so much traveling around the world getting to know different cultures, different people, different ways of living." All these are key for inspiration.

"A house is very personal. It's where you spend the most time with family and friends and where you collect things from your life," he says. "So it gathers very interesting things that really speak for themselves about who lives in the house." It's all about creating visual harmony with symmetry and personality to create timeless spaces.

Read on to discover some more of Bustamante's tips for creating a house that feels like home and the one thing he says every home should have.