There is not one singular item that makes a house a home. It doesn’t matter whether you live in an apartment, condo, tiny bungalow or a huge house, it’s the way you fill your space that makes the difference. Homes come in many styles, but they all share one element: personal touches that reflect the personality of people who live there. If you’re ready to transform your house into a space that you love to come home to, follow these five tips.
1. Light Up Your Rooms
One easy way to make a big impact on the overall feel of any space is to change up the lighting. The default lighting in many rooms is a single overhead bulb or fluorescent lighting that can be harsh or overly sterile. Even in a rental, you can cheaply replace industrial lighting with a decorative pendant or chandelier. In addition to general lighting, use floor, table and overhead fixtures to highlight certain areas and illuminate spaces. Employing different levels of lighting in a room will make the space feel warm and inviting.
2. Adorn Your Walls
There is nothing personal about blank walls. Wall hangings — whether a wall of framed photos, a few carefully curated art pieces, an oversized mirror or a shelving display of your pottery collection — give any room a lived-in look. Don’t let the impact of wall hangings stop you from populating your walls. For lightweight frames, use easily removable adhesive hooks. For heavier pieces, use monkey or gorilla hooks that can be installed will minimal damage to your wall, but can hold from 35 to 50 pounds.
3. Create a Heart
Every home has a heart: the space where people naturally gather during parties, where you find your family relaxing during quiet evenings at home. A fireplace is a perfect place to create the heart in your home. Warm up a plain fireplace by installing a mantel that reflects your personal style and then decorating it with a few personal touches. Add inviting and comfortable seating, arranged so that the fireplace is the focal point, and you’ll find your family and guests drawn to the comfortable space you’ve made.
4. Cover Your Floors
As the “Big Lebowski” taught us, a rug can really tie a room together. Carefully chosen floor coverings can warm up a cold space, define smaller spaces within a large room, cover less-than-ideal flooring, and add visual and textural interest. For apartment dwellers, floor coverings are essential. They are great for absorbing sounds, both within a room and between levels.
5. Welcome Your Guests
A home should be a place where you love to spend time, and also feels comfortable to visitors. Set this vibe from the start by creating a welcoming entryway both inside and out. If your front door opens to the outside, warm the entrance with plenty of plants and good lighting. If you live in an apartment where your entrance is inside, choose a beautiful year-round wreath and bright doormat to welcome your guests. Inside, decorate your entryway with a rug, fresh flowers or a leafy plant and a decorative mirror or print.
No matter what kind of space you live in or what your style is, creating a home is all about adding your personal touch. Create spaces that make you feel comfortable and happy, and it will surely do the same for others.