There are a lot of things that make a house a home from the memories you create there, the culture you foster, the rituals you have. Our homes should carry an atmosphere of peace, and feel like a place we can stop rushing around, truly unwind and be with the people we love. Whether we are renting or homeowners, have a big backyard or dwell in a tiny apartment, there are a few elements we can all control to make the place we live look and feel more like home.
1. Let The Light In
Lighting is not just a variable design focus; it plays a crucial role in our moods, sleep, mental health and even our performance, so it’s important to get it right in our homes. Unfortunately, many of us won’t have a say in which way our bedroom windows face or the size of our windows, but there are some things we can do to use the light we do have effectively. At the end of a particularly dark hallway you can place a large mirror to help reflect the natural light – mirrors can be a great way to boost the light you have, and give the feeling of a brighter and larger space. Other things you can do to create the light you want in your home is to replace heavy window coverings with lighter, more sheer curtains or blinds, remove things from outside that may be preventing light from entering such as large hedges or other dense foliage, add a beautiful table or floor lamp or even fairy lights and candles at night, or change harsh fluorescent light bulbs to a more soft, warm light. Sometimes all it takes is a lick of white paint to help reflect natural light and make a room feel brighter.
2. Make It Yours
A house is a building, but a home tells a story about who lives there. Use pieces around your home that reflect you – your hobbies, your interests, and your family. It is possible to create a space that reflects you and is authentic to your family, without completely disregarding style or aesthetics. Your home doesn’t need to look like a catalogue – if it did, it wouldn’t feel like home. Keep that handmade quilt on the bed, the mementos from your travels on the shelf, and framed photos of memories and loved ones. Surround yourself with familiar things that bring homely comfort and integrate them with the new, to create a home that tells your story, and includes everyone who lives there. It might be your vintage plate collection or an array of indoor plants, either way you can help to make your house your own by using your keepsakes to reflect who you are.
3. Declutter And Organize
A home needs to be functional, as well as aesthetically pleasing. Having things stored and organised means less clutter. If your kitchen has limited storage space, consider mounting some inexpensive open shelving to store and display mugs and plates, jars of dry goods, or spices. Add a decorative ladder, baskets or crates to your living space to hold throw rugs. Hooks on the wall can give hats and bags a place of their own and storage cubes in shelves can hide clutter. Having clever ways to display and store your belongings can create a beautiful sense of organisation and calm, as well as become the perfect medium to display your favourite items.
4. Add Some Art
Fill the walls. They don’t have to be filled to the brim, but having artwork on the walls creates warmth, and if the art has special meaning to you it really can help to make your space feel like home. Whether it’s a framed gallery wall of photos, or simply a collection of postcards pegged up along some twine, wall art can help to inject some colour and personality onto what would otherwise be a blank wall. Renting? Taping pictures and posters onto the walls with some washi tape can be an effective way to display them too.
5. Shift Your Perspective
Sometimes you need to rearrange your furniture to get a new perspective and appreciation of your space. And sometimes you need to change your point of view. It’s so easy to get stuck in a place where you see all the things you haven’t got, and begin the long slide down the slope of comparison and discontent. A simple attitude change can change the way you see your home, and change the way others feel about it, too. After all, it’s not about what you have, but who you share it with, and the memories you’re making there together.
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