With most of us spending more time at home right now, it’s no wonder our living spaces are under pressure. They’re multi-tasking hard to provide a practical place to live and work, as well as a relaxing sanctuary that helps to boost our mood.
Feeling at ease in our homes can have a huge impact on our mental health and sense of wellbeing. I definitely feel the stress levels rising when our house is messy, for example. If you view your house as homely, welcoming, and a reflection of your personality, you’ll automatically feel better when you spend time in it – and so will visitors!
Easy ways to make your house feel like a home
Making your house feel like a home doesn’t happen overnight, but there are some simple things you can do which will make a big difference. Here are some ideas for simple ways to inject personality into your living space and make it feel more like home, and less like somewhere you happen to live.
Add family photos
One of the simplest and quickest ways to make your house feel like home is to introduce some family photos. A family photography session is a great option which will give you a lovely selection of truly personal prints; these are particularly great for wall art on a large scale.
You can also do things like create a gallery wall, mixing your own photos with prints to create a unique display. And on a small scale, framed family snaps make great accessories on shelves and side tables.
Choose a style that reflects your personality
If you’re redecorating a room, choose a style of interior design that feels like it suits you. For example, if you’re all about decluttering and simple living, a modern minimalistic style will make you feel at home, while a more vintage, bohemian style will probably get on your nerves!
Try not to be influenced by interior design trends, and instead focus on a style that feels good to you – your home will reflect who you are much more easily this way.
Adding accessories to a room is a great way to introduce your own personality to the space. Think of them as the little finishing touches that make your home feel lived-in. Vases, framed quotes, coffee table books on your hobbies, favourite novels, handmade items such as cushions, and those family photos we’ve already covered are all great examples of accessories that you can use to tell your story.
Display your treasures
Similar to using accessories, displaying treasured personal belongings is an easy way to make your house feel like home. Think along the lines of favourite books, souvenirs from family holidays, kids artwork, and ornaments that have a special significance to you. These personal treasures will act as little reminders of happy times, helping you to feel grounded in your home.
Dial up the comfort factor
Soft furnishings are brilliant for giving your home a cosy, welcoming vibe – particularly during the colder months of the year. They’re also really easy and relatively low cost to change, so if you want to give your room a quick update this is a good place to start.
Use cushions, throws and rugs to layer up the cosiness, choosing an accent colour that complements the room’s colour scheme. To really dial up the comfort factor, go for rich fabrics such as velvet, faux fur and soft wool. Think about using a similar approach in bedrooms to cosy up those rooms too.
Introduce accent lighting
Ceiling lights can be harsh and unwelcoming, so work on introducing accent lighting to create a softer atmosphere in the evening. Wall lights, table lamps and candles are all great for creating a homely feel. You can also use lighting to draw attention to a particular feature, such as a shelf of treasures or a favourite picture – another great way to create a personal vibe.
Add in some greenery
Houseplants can have such a positive impact on how we feel, helping to reduce stress levels and improve our mood. They’re also a brilliantly simple way to give your home colour, texture and a more welcoming feel. They don’t cost a fortune either.
When you choose your plants, consider the conditions in the room you’re going to put them in – cool shade or bright sunshine, for example – and choose a plant that will enjoy those conditions. You’ll find this information on the plant’s care label. Think also about the amount of space you have, and what size of plant will look good in it – it’s so easy to get carried away!
What’s your favourite way to make your house feel like home?