How does a house become a home?
The term ‘home’ is highly personal, and the process of transforming the utilitarian concept of a house into a cherished home involves intangible attributes that are hard to pin down. All in all, this is a difficult question to answer!
That being said there are a few tricks we can use to make a house feel more like home, and that’s what we’ll be running through today. By creating a welcoming, pleasant and personalised atmosphere you’ll be feeling at home in your house in no time!
Let’s get started…
The lighting in the home will dramatically affect how the space feels, so maximise natural light for a bright, welcoming home, and add some mood lighting for those cosy spaces.
A few fresh flowers around the place imbue the home with life, and help to create a cheerful atmosphere.
This is more general advice than a specific step you can take, but over time try to create your own style in the home by mixing different pieces and designs together rather than sticking to a specific theme.
Make your home welcoming to guest by keeping plenty of refreshments handy. A well–stocked fridge will make you feel more at home too.
A home is not just about what you can see, but what you can hear and smell too. The right music can make you feel far more at home in your house.
Building on the above point, a pleasant smelling home is important as well; it’s not just about cleanliness, but about familiarity and comfort. Try incense, scented candles or best of all, good old fashioned baking.
Fill your house with photos of friends and family and it’ll soon feel a lot more like home.
By creating a calm, comforting atmosphere candles can be used to give your house a more homey feel.
Don’t buy all your furniture at once from one big chain store, that’s a sure way to make your house feel soulless. Instead collect different pieces over time, or better yet, make or customise some yourself.
Speaking of cosy spaces, creating a super-comfortable space to relax in is essential for a homey environment.
Make the home truly yours by using all of it. Making use of every nook and cranny invariably means getting creative, and personalising the space is a big part of what makes a house a home.
It could be something as simple as painting a small wall or replacing a coffee table you’re not keen on, or it could be renovations that require professional assistance, either way if there’s something you really don’t like in your home you should finally get around to getting rid of it.
When it comes to turning a house into a home small changes make all the difference, so take a look at this guide to little improvements that'll make you fall in love with your home.