It sometimes takes a little while to get your new house feeling like a home - some people even struggle for years! The trick to achieving that ‘homely’ feel doesn’t just lay in the comforts; it also extends to maintenance and making sure that the essential homeware items are taken care of, so that living in the home is made enjoyable.
If you’re having a hard time making your house feel like a home, look at our useful tips. There may be some areas of the home you’ve overlooked, thinking they wouldn’t play a role in comfort, but they make all the difference.
Fix what is broken
I bet you never thought that fixing faulty items - whatever they may be, could enhance the feeling of homeliness. Well, it can! Imagine staying at a hotel and the kettle in the room, for example, is broken. It certainly isn’t going to feel like a comfortable, home-like space when you’re dying for that warm cup of tea, is it? The same goes for your home. So, take the time to invest in appliance repairs so that your home works for you, and not against you. It will make you feel more satisfied and happier in your space and will certainly reduce your stress!
This is a no brainer, and this has probably already crossed your mind. If you’re unsure of where to start, start small. Don’t see this as a huge, expensive project to tackle; instead make simple changes one step at a time. Essential items that will make your living room more homely, includes scatter cushion on the sofas - it gives the living room a softer, more inviting feel. Other items include rugs (for warmth), curtains instead of blinds, coffee tables and lamps. For the bedrooms, opt for quality bedding, comforters, rugs, night lamps and bedside tables. Don’t forget that layout is also really important and can add to the feeling of a home, therefore you may also want to consider simply rearranging your current furniture.
Make sure the kitchen/pantry is well stocked
There’s nothing like a home that is fully stocked with all the snacks and goods needed to fill that foodie craving. A home is not just somewhere you live; a true home is about family, food and enjoying each other’s company around the dinner table. It’s about making memories, living in harmony and sharing with each other. The best way to make your house feel homelier is by stocking the cupboards, the pantry and the fridge with snacks and essentials so that you (or your loved ones) can whip up a good hearty meal, to be shared with those that mean the most. You want to avoid any part of your home feeling bare/empty - and yes, this goes for the kitchen too!
A home should feel comforting, warm and inviting; filled with positive energy and happiness. So why not display the happy memories you have made throughout your life, in your home? It will make your sanctuary feel more like you, it will make the space feel more welcoming and it will fill your home with joy as you reminisce about the happy memories you’ve made with special people. You can even get creative with this process, and display pictures in such a way that it adds to the decor and style of your home. The latest trend is filling a specific wall with photographs, to make it a feature wall/stand-out attraction in the home.
Don’t underestimate the power of art. This is yet another way of bringing life to a space - and it will also help you in establishing a colour palette for your home as you can pull colors from the artwork and have them match other decor pieces. This will create colour harmony and will enhance the look and feel of your home. The right art is also inspiring, and surprisingly can also make you home feel more positive and inviting.
Invest in plants
Though this may seem like an insignificant point, it will really make a big difference to the feel of your home. Plants bring a space to life. The minimalist trend for example - where less is more; always incorporates plants as it brings colour and life to an otherwise ‘lifeless’, ‘bland’ space. Plants have also become a design feature in the interior decorating world - instead of adding more ‘things’ such as ornaments, plants have been substituted, as it’s more ‘meaningful’ and carries more ‘purpose’ than a material item.
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