MAKE A HOUSE A HOME
Since leaving home I’ve lived in nine different properties – six rented and three owned – and there are a few things I did in each one to make them feel cosy. I always like to work with what I have rather than against it. For example, I don’t think my current minimalist style would have worked in my previous 1930’s house. My surroundings play a big part in how I feel, so creating a homely environment is always time well spent!
When styling a property, I like to consider the senses as well as aesthetics. Lighting and aroma can transform a room as can houseplants and soft furnishings. So if you’re renting or not yet ready to decorate, here are seven simple and easy ways to make a house feel like a home.
An elderly lady once told me that the quickest way to make a house feel like a home is to give it a good clean – simple advice but she was right! There’s no better way to remove the feel of the previous owner than to air the property and scrub it down!
2. Get comfortable
Cushions, blankets, throws and rugs are a great way to instantly make a room feel cosy. Fabrics soften spaces and add warmth and comfort. During my years of renting, I hung beautiful fabrics to cover damaged walls. Instantly transforming the space and making it homely.
3. Consider lighting
Lighting can improve the look and feel of a room. Consider the brightness of bulbs, lamp shades and sidelights. There are lots of gorgeous lamps available ranging from traditional freestanding to contemporary desk lamps. Investing in a classic lamp is always a good idea because if you move you can take it with you.
4. Introduce some greenery
Houseplants improve air quality and bring a room to life. So, whether you like large palms or tiny succulents, there’s no denying they add a little charm. I like to pick plants with different patterns, colours and textures to create eye-catching displays. After all, who can resist nature’s lovable housemates? (Further reading: 3 simple ways to style your houseplants.)
5. Think about aroma
Scented candles, reed diffusers, oils, joss sticks or pomanders add fragrance to a room. There are so many different scents from calming lavender to uplifting zest. And with Spring on its way, I’m looking forward to opening the windows to let in some crisp fresh air.
6. Display your sentimental items and collectables
It’s fun to display sentimental items and collectables. Being surrounded by the things we love is comforting and gives a room a personality. Be bold and confident with what you choose to display – perhaps a stylish handbag, collections of photographs and prints or even your favourite shoes. Liberate your things and enjoy your treasure!
7. Add people
And finally, the simplest way to make a house feel like a home is to fill it with family and friends and make lots of happy memories!
I’d love to know how you make your house feel homely.