Your home should be your quiet little sanctuary. You deserve a welcoming place to come home to after a hard day at work. You deserve some comfort and peace and quiet. Yet, it’s not easy to make an empty house feel like a home. It’s particularly tricky in a city apartment or brand new house. Everything can feel cold and empty. There is also a direct correlation between the comfort of your home and your happiness. Taking the time to turn your space into a comfortable area will do wonders for your mood! We’ve learnt some amazing tricks over the years.
Today, we’ll share some of our favourite ideas with you.
Use deep, warm colours – There’s nothing worse than cold, lifeless colours on the walls. It happens all the time when you buy a new house. The owners repaint the walls a simple neutral cream to show off the space of the home. But, when you move in, it can all feel a bit empty. Use a deeper colour palette to give the house warmth. You can also replicate this in your furniture and finishings. Use dark custom shutters made from mahogany, or deep wood to give your living room a cosy feel, for example. Use a dark feature wall to offset the lighter creams. It’s a simple trick, but it works!
Personalise the house – As soon as we move into a new place, the first thing we do is get the photos out. Surrounding yourself with familiar items is the quickest way to make it feel like home. It’s time to put your personal stamp on the surroundings, and claim the house for your own! Use the house as an extension of your personality. Put up your favourite artwork and choose your favourite decorations for the home.
Find your signature scent – When it comes to settling into a new house, it’s not just about the colours and the furniture. You’ve got to stimulate your other senses. One of the most powerful techniques is through smells. You can use incense burners to find a signature scent for your home. Choose something that matches your personality, just as you would do with your perfume. Deep, earthy smells work great in the living rooms, for example. Something a little more fresh might be better in the kitchens.
Soft furnishings – The biggest trouble with a new house is filling it, especially if you’re up-sizing! It can leave a house feeling empty and cold when there are lots of empty space. Our favourite way of dealing with this is through lots of soft furnishings. They break up the hard lines of a new apartment, and inject some texture and comfort. You can go all-out here with colours and patterns. Try thick woven blankets over the sofas to add texture. Buy a big, chunky rug as a centerpiece for the living room. Get creative with your cushions and throws. You could even use a bean bag in a cosy reading corner!
What do you do to make a new house feel more like a home? Please let us know in the comment section!