7 ways to make your house feel like a home

Your home should be more than just a place to sleep—it should be your sanctuary. After all, you spend a significant portion of your life there. So why settle for a mundane living space when you can make it comfortable and inviting? Imagine coming home to a place that fills you with a sense of peace at the end of a long, stressful day. If you’re eager to create that cozy, welcoming atmosphere in your own space, the following tips are for you.

1. Declutter

No one wants to live in a heap of clutter and disorganization. Physical disarray also affects you mentally. You’d be surprised how much calmer you’ll feel after you tidy up all that mess! 

The prospect of decluttering can feel overwhelming, especially if you find it hard to let go of your possessions. Here are some things that might help.

Start with items you no longer want

Begin with items like bits and parts of furniture that chipped off a lifetime ago, gadgets that no longer work and cannot be repaired, clothes that don’t fit, etc. You can either throw them away or give them to your local charity organization.

Have a space for everything

If you decide to keep an item, ensure you have a designated place for it in your home. This space should not be just any spot but rather a place where the item can be purposefully displayed or conveniently stored when not in use.

Do it gradually

Dedicate five minutes each day to cleaning a certain portion of the house. This way, your progress will be your motivation, and the whole thing won’t feel like work.

For more comprehensive decluttering instructions, follow this room-by-room guide from Budget Dumpster.

2. Bring Outdoor Elements

Science has shown that time spent in nature is a natural antidote to stress. Unfortunately, going on a regular nature trip is a luxury for most people, especially those who lead a hectic lifestyle and live in highly urban areas. The good news is you can integrate natural elements into your home to evoke the same sense of calm and tranquility. There are a few ways to go about inviting the outdoors in.

Add some plants

Spider plants, peace lilies, ferns, and English ivies are just some of the species that can thrive indoors. They’re not only beautiful, but they can also purify the air inside the house.

Opt for natural materials

Choose furniture or renovate spaces using natural materials like stone, bamboo, and wood. Natural materials are known to be long-lasting. They are both durable and sustainable.

Decorate using outdoor-themed art

It’s a creative way to infuse your home with outdoor charm. This brings a refreshing touch of nature indoors and can also create a serene and relaxing atmosphere in your living space.

3. Prioritize Comfort in Your Furniture Choice

Some homeowners forgo comfort in the name of the latest trend. That’s an easy way to lose your home’s personality and uniqueness. When choosing essential interior elements, like furniture, aim for a balance between aesthetics and convenience.

First, define your style. Are you a mid-century modern type of person, or do you think a Chesterfield fits better with your vibe?

 Next, think about function. Is it worthwhile to dedicate half of your home space to a living room if you rarely entertain guests or watch TV? Your home should adapt to your needs, not the other way around.

Another thing to think about is proportions. Choose furniture that fits well where you intend to put it. Take measurements and check the area’s dimensions. 

Materials and colors are other factors to take into account. Try to find something that fits with the theme that you have in mind.

 And most importantly, avoid rushing. Take the time to find something that fits all (or most) of your criteria. If you find an item that you really like but are not 100% sure about, sleep on it for a few days before making a final decision.

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4. Embrace Sustainable Practices

Adapting sustainable practices benefits both the environment and the homeowner in many ways. One such benefit is giving the homeowner a healthier and cozier living space. Let’s explore some sustainable practices that directly impact your home’s coziness factor:

Embrace natural light

Using natural sunlight to provide illumination for your home also means less electricity usage. It’s also healthier for you! Install two layers of window coverings to manage the amount of sunlight filtering into your home properly. Use a lighter layer to provide shade and a little privacy and a heavier layer that can effectively block out all-natural light. 

Place rugs

Rugs serve as thermal insulators, helping rooms retain heat more. They are also great sound insulators, and they help maintain healthy indoor air quality by storing airborne dust until they can be cleaned. 

Buy quality decor and furniture

Home decor and furniture made of cheap materials are more likely to break down quickly, necessitating frequent replacements. To save money and avoid the hassle of managing repairs, it’s wise to opt for high-quality home items. Well-made decor and furniture not only look great, but they often last for life.

Go solar 

Using solar power for your home or accessing renewable resources as an alternative to conventional grid power can provide you with a significant sense of peace and security. The hefty initial investment will be easily offset by your long-term energy savings. Not to mention you can keep your lights on even when the grid goes down.  

Grow a garden 

Gardening is a hobby with numerous health benefits. The added calming effect it brings to your home is just a bonus. If you have enough yard space, you can cultivate your own little vegetable or flower patch. Take it a step further and help the local flora thrive by incorporating bee boxes into your own mini ecosystem. Otherwise, you can easily give indoor herb gardening a try.  

5. Trick the Senses Using Colors 

Use color psychology to evoke a different mood and ambiance for each area of the house. For instance, red is a color that signifies action. It’s great for creating a good first impression and stimulating conversation. Red works well for decorating creative spaces, too.

 Yellow evokes a sense of brightness and positivity. Use yellow colors in kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms. Blue is the color of relaxation and calm. It’s a great color to use in bedrooms and bathrooms. White and bright colors are ideal for making small spaces appear bigger than it is. Darker tones can make a room feel closed in, giving the space a cocooned feeling which works surprisingly well in bedrooms.

6. Layer Your Lighting 

How your lighting is set up can make a difference in the overall ambiance of the room. Experts suggest a three-tiered lighting approach: ceiling, table, and floor. Using different layers highlights different focal points in the room and offers a pleasing ambiance depending on the time of day. 

The strength of the light matters, too! A color temperature between 2,700 to 3,000 Kelvin provides a warm and soothing glow. Anything brighter will keep you awake and alert.

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7. Showcase Personal Items

Finally, the best way to truly make your house your own is to showcase the things you love. Be that your toy collection or awards, home ownership means creating a space that reflects what’s close to your heart.

Here are some ways to decorate a home that’s uniquely yours:

  • Hang posters of your all-time favorite movies
  • Showcase your own work as centerpieces
  • Display your favorite literature on a shelf
  • Choose a color or theme that you love
  • Frame photos of your best memories
  • Customize blankets or pillowcases
  • Display family heirlooms

Wrapping Up 

Decorating your own home can be one of the most thrilling and satisfactory experiences in life. Remember that you have so much control over the result. Take the time to research, gather inspiration, and enjoy the process.

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