If you’ve just moved house, got a rented place, off to university or just want to spread a little love into your home, I’ve put together 11 easy ways to make your house a home. Lots of ideas, tip tips and how to’s on the best way to breathe life and personality into your four walls. If your home just doesn’t feel like ‘you’ this is how to make sure it does.
No. 1 Photographs
It might be a cliché but bringing out all your old photos can help you feel connected to a space. Frame them, hang them on the walls, give yourself something joyful to look at every time you pass by.
No. 2 Colour
Whether you like it or hate it, colour can have a huge effect on your mood. If your new space is too bright, tone it down, but if you need to inject your favourite hues, go for it. In a rented space this isn’t always easy but look for ways to add your best-loved palette through accessories.
No. 3 Plants
Now you may not be a plant person (I know I manage to kill more than I grow), and if not then invest in some faux versions, but research does show that indoor plants can improve your perceptions of a space, so get yourself off to your local shops now and make a purchase.
No. 4 Books
Surround yourself with your favourite books. If you don’t read them, fire up your Kindle, or enjoy sifting through a pile of magazines. Losing yourself in your most loved of pages will help you connect with the space around you. You’ll always remember where you read that amazing novel, or in which issue you found your lusted after pair of shoes.
No. 5 Eat and Drink
Ok so of course you’re going to do this in your new place, but I mean invite some friends round and have a meal together, or better still throw a party. Creating new memories in your new house will help you feel anchored and give you something to feel affectionate towards in your new walls.
No. 6 Smells
Surround yourself with fragrance. Now this may sound silly, but if you move somewhere new, ensure you wash all the soft furnishings in your usual detergent and fabric softener. It’s an easy way to rid yourself of another person’s smell, and make your space feel like home.
No. 7 Indulgences
Nothing says home more than freshly laundered, über soft towels. Wrap yourself in the warmth, comfort and familiar smell of a quality towel, and you’ll be transported right back to a place like home. It’s possible to create home comforts and indulge in them, even if you think they aren’t there.
No. 8 Coffee
Well not just coffee, but tea, or even wine. Spend time with neighbours and friends getting to know them all over again over a mid morning drink. Start to feel comfortable in the space and let other people see it to. Their complements will go a long way to making it feel more like a home.
No. 9 Outside
Don’t forget to make the outdoors a part of your home too. Whatever your outdoor space looks like, from a balcony, to terrace to huge, rambling garden, give it some love and start to spend time there, making it your own.
No. 10 You
Only you can make a house feel like a home. Inject your personality into the space, rented or owned. Live the way you like to live, don’t let others dictate this to you.
No. 11 Time
Sometimes you just need time. To do the above, to make new memories, to feel connected. It doesn’t always happen at once so have patience. Maybe the reason you ended up in your new house is the reason it can’t feel like home. If that’s the case, do what you need to do. Only you know if you’re ever going to feel happy there.
Christy Towels Giveaway:
The towels I’ve used in the shot above are from Christy, who along with COTTON USA are running a giveaway to win a room makeover including towels, bathrobes, bedlinen and more as part of the #feelslikehome campaign. Christy Supreme Hygro® towels carry the COTTON USA International trademark for quality U.S cotton rich products.
You can find out more and enter the giveaway HERE.
Furthermore you could check out their video on tips for folding towels too, for ideas on how to keep your home comforts looking their best.
What would you do to make your house a home?