Regular readers of my blog know that I’m passionate about the home. I love finding new ways to turn a plain space into something unique and personal. After all, you spend most of your time in the house, why not make it special? Your home should be a portrait of you. You should fill it with all the things that define you. All the things you love! When you get everything right, you ought to walk in the front door, and feel that warm, cosy glow of home. It’s not easy achieving this feeling. It takes years of tweaking and working to turn a house into a home.
If I’ve learnt anything, it’s that you’ll never be finished! There’s always a new idea, or something to do. The list is never-ending. But, the important thing is that you make a start. Turning your house into a home requires hard-work, and a grand vision to follow. Close your eyes right now, and imagine your dream home. What does it look like? What style is it, and what makes it so homely? Now, follow that vision and turn your empty house into a wonderful, cosy home. Are you feeling inspired? Let’s take a look at a few more ideas:
Whenever I move into a new house, the first thing I have to do is fill it with memories. Old memories, that is. Photos are the best place to start. Nothing makes the house feel yours like a gallery of family photos. I like to create a haphazard wall full of my favourite framed photos. Make it a focal point, and draw attention to it. After all, these photos are your life! I also make sure I have all my old books in pride of place. They help bring back fond memories and feelings of warmth. Now, all that’s left to do is make new memories!
2. Choose the right colours
There’s a fine line when it comes to painting your house. On the one hand, you want to put your own mark on things and get creative. On the other hand, instinct tells you that painting your living room purple is a bad idea! You’ve got to strike a balance between functional and creative. I always like to use warm neutral tones and pastels. It’s a much better start than a cold white. I tend to think of the walls as the backdrop of the home. Keep them simple, but warm. Then, inject colour and personality with the furniture and personal items.
3. Go vintage
Do you really want your house to look like an Ikea show room? I didn’t think so. If you want to turn your house into a unique home, you need to find bespoke and creative furniture. That means going vintage! This is my favourite part of decorating the house. I get to immerse myself in vintage flea markets and boutique stores. I recently found a great little boutique seller called Ian Snow. They’re full of quirky home products that you won’t find in other retailers. You’ll need a sharp creative eye here, but follow the things you like. It doesn’t matter if your furniture is all mis-matched; it all adds to the effect!
4. Show off you
Turning a house into a home is all about putting your stamp on things. Don’t be afraid to show off all the things that make you you. Do you have a favourite hobby? Show it off! Are you a budding artist? Create a bespoke piece, and put it pride of place in the living room. If you love music, frame your favourite records and hang them up. Let your personality and passions shine through in the house. If nowhere else, you should certainly do this in the bedroom. You can also use all your old personal items. If you’ve got tons of ‘junk’ lying around in boxes, try and use it! It will add depth and texture to your rooms. Plus, it’s a personal touch that no-one else has.
5. Get the lighting right
The lighting is so important when creating the right ambience in your home. A plain ol’ house always has the same boring light fittings. That one big overhead light is doing nothing for the atmosphere of your home. My advice is to use the interior designers’ ‘rule of three’. That means using three layers of lighting in each room. The first is the main overhead light (use it sparingly). The second is task lighting, like lamps and directional spot lights. Lastly, use candles or fairy lights as ambience lighting. By doing this, you’ll create a much warmer flow of light. Don’t forget to let in lots of natural light too!
Most homes come with simple, functional carpets or flooring. It’s your job to turn these into something a little more appealing. If you’re on a budget, a rug is the best way to add texture and character to your floors. A rug works wonders on a hard, wooden surface. It brings a soft touch and warmer feel to cold, hard rooms. In living rooms, a rug adds another layer of texture, giving the room depth. Try it for yourself!
7. Do something quirky!
When most people are decorating or renovating, they tend to follow interior design rules. They stick to the current trends and ‘best-practices’. Well, I’m here to tell you to forget everything you’ve learnt! Decorating is all about making your own rules. Get creative and do something silly or quirky. Use your imagination and indulge your sillier side.
Lastly, don’t forget about creating a full sensory environment. In order to create a cosy, homely feel, you need to tease all the senses. Using scented candles and incense, you can create a signature fragrance for your home. It’s an easy way to turn a cold, hard space into something fresh.
Thanks for reading! I hope I’ve inspired you to make some homely changes in your house. Have I missed out any essential tips? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so let me know your interior design secrets!