Maybe your house felt like your home from the moment you walked into it. You could already see yourself entertaining friends and family from the first time you toured the kitchen or noticed the way the light comes in through the picture window. For some of us, it takes a little more to feel truly at home in a house. Here are some ideas to build even more of a connection to your space – and make any house into your home.
Paint a Picture
Feeling at home is usually wrapped up in the people who live there – your family. So it figures that bringing them to life within the house is a great way to make a house feel homier.
Why not create a feature wall by covering it with pictures of your family and friends? Framing the pictures can be a great way for you to introduce your individual style into your space. Don’t just focus on recent photos – vintage pictures of grandparents and great-grandparents can create an old-fashioned feel and inspire, too.
Shelve it up
It’s possible that most of your library now resides on an e-reader device, but actual books are a great way to stamp your personality on a property. Fill a shelf near a reading nook with your favourites going all the way back to your childhood. You may not regularly read each one, but even a glance over the spines will fill you with fond memories, as well as give guests a sense of whom you are.
Not much of a reader? CDs or DVDs will work just as well. What movie did you watch on a great first date? What music was playing when your children were born? Having visible mementos of things you’ve enjoyed at various points in your life can make you feel at home and transport your mind instantly to another time.
Your home doesn’t stop at the walls! The front of your house is the last thing you’ll see when you leave and the first thing you see when you get home. If it looks welcoming, chances are it’ll feel the same way too. You don’t have to spend a small fortune repainting the whole house; even just painting the front door your favourite colour might instantly make you feel comforted and warm-and-fuzzy.
If you’re an outdoor person, you may actually feel more at home in your yard than inside. Having something cozy and welcoming to sit on and pass the time is essential. You don’t have to spend hundreds on furniture; a lawn chair and a homemade fire pit can be just as homey!
Down with Décor
It goes without saying that redecorating can really make a property feel like it belongs to you, but if you’re on a budget there are still small things you can do to reimagine. Throw pillows, rugs and ornaments can help you customize and feel like your house is truly yours. If you have Scottish ancestry, tartan accents may highlight a room and connect it with you. If you grew up in the 1980s, a neon rug might really stamp your personality on a room. Small mementos from your hometown sports team – like flying a team flag outside – could be just the thing to bring back memories and create that feeling of home.
The thing that will really make any house a home is you. What do you love? What makes you feel at home and at ease? Whether it’s your family, you pets, your hometown or something else, find these things and build connections with them.
What about your space makes you feel connected and at home?