How to Make Your House a Home: 9 Tips

 

Home. Those four letters have so much meaning.

A house is the bricks, the walls, the roof, the ceilings - all the physical things that hold together a shelter. A home is so much more - it is a feeling as well as a place. A feeling of warmth, coziness, safety, and love. A place where you can be yourself with the ones you love most.

No matter where you hang your hat, your personal style should play a big part in the things you bring into your spaces. That way, you will love being there even more. 
 
Today I’m sharing some tips on how you can make your house a home, and create a haven that is personal to you.
 
1. EMBRACE WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW
  

Sometimes it seems like everyone else has the perfect family and home life, doesn’t it? I know all too well the feelings of inadequacy that can come from comparing your home to someone else's. But the truth is, no one has it all together. Each one of us has our own strengths and weaknesses and we are all on a different phase in our life journey. So next time you feel the self-doubt seeping in, look around and notice the good that you already have in your life. There is so much to be grateful for and there is power in recognizing those things. Your home is full of love and memories that are yours to keep. Remember: always look for the good while also seeking out opportunities for improvement. Nothing is perfect and change takes time.

 
2. BE INSPIRED
 
The best way to figure out your personal decorating style is to seek out inspiration. We are so lucky to live in a time where inspiration is at our fingertips. We don't have to go far to see beautifully designed spaces. Start with the experts and pull from them the things you love about the spaces they create and also what you don't love. Ask yourself these questions: How does this room make me feel? Can I imagine myself living in a space like this? What do I love about it? What would I change? How can I adapt this style to fit my space?
 
You can incorporate different elements into your home, but first you need to know what you love and are drawn to – so go out and find some inspiration!
 
Here are some of my favorite design blogs to help get you started:
 
3. SET THE SCENE WITH MUSIC
 

Music has a way of creating a mood and bringing people together. Think of the way movies use music to move our emotions. When the music builds, we start to feel excited because we know that something is about to happen. Music is such a powerful and emotional connector. Why not bring that bit of science into your own home and set your scene with music? 

4. PAINT THE WALLS
 
Something quick and easy you can do to bring some YOU into your home is to paint the walls. The contractor grade paint is usually pretty flat – literally. Focus on refreshing the paint job in one room at a time. After a few coats of paint and a few hours of drying time, you’ll have a fresh new color that already tells more of your story. 

 

5. ADD ACCENT COLORS

 

Adding pops of color has a definite impact on the way your home feels. Each color and shade has an effect on mood, environment, and emotion. It’s true that certain colors make you a feel a certain way. Using color in your home is an amazing tool to help you create a space that feels the way you want it to.

 
Whether you decide to go bold or more subtle, think of your accent color choice as the sprinkles on your cupcake. They will add some fun interest and help you feel the way you want to feel while you’re in the room.
 
Quick Color guide:
Reds and oranges are intense and energetic. Yellows are uplifting and cheery. Blues are calming and relaxing. Greens are restful and stress relieving. Purples are dramatic and sophisticated (and my personal favorite). When in doubt, choose accent colors that you love and want to spend time with every day.

 

6. PUT YOUR MEMORIES ON DISPLAY
 
Chances are, you have items that are meaningful and important to you living in the back of your closet. Why not get them out and display them? You can enjoy your memories and collections everyday rather than only see them when it’s time to spring clean. You can create a gallery wall of family photos or arrange a shelf with mementos you've been collecting from your travels. These things could help bring a memory to your mind and a smile to your face if you put them on display.

 

7. DISPLAY YOUR FAVORITE ART
 

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Having art around that inspires you and brings you joy will always have a place in your home. You can amplify a mood with the type of art that you choose to display. The art pieces you choose help you express yourself and your individuality. They also help others get to know you better when they come to visit. A great piece of art should inspire you or encourage you or make you smile. When choosing which art you want to hang in your home, choose what you love - don't worry about matching your sofa. 

8. ADD INTEREST THROUGH TEXTURES

Furniture and floors can all have sharp lines that sometimes seem harsh and uninviting if left alone. You can soften harsh lines by adding textures that will help to make the room feel more cozy and welcoming. Layering in textured throws, pillows, baskets, and rugs will add beautiful and interesting moments for the eye to rest on.

 

9. WELCOME IN LIGHT AND LIFE

 

 

Light is such an important character in your home's story. During the day, open the curtains and let natural daylight stream in. You'll have more energy and you'll feel happier. Natural light also makes rooms seem bigger and more welcoming. Win, win! 

Some other important characters in your home's story are the plants and pets. Plants make the air smell great and will reduce dust in the air. Pets give you companionship and can reduce stress. Both plants and pets need special attention (i.e. you need to keep them alive!) but will help make your house a home.

Of course, the most important characters in your home's story are the people who live there. We are collectors, we are memory keepers, and we have so much love to give as human beings. You and your loved ones should feel at home and in love with the way the home makes you feel when you're there. 

When it comes to making your house a home, the most important thing to remember is that your home is part of your story. You get to decide what story you want to tell the world.  

 

What is it that makes your house your home ?

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