What is the difference between a house and a home? A house is just the structure that you live in, it’s a roof over your head and an address to return to. A home is completely different, it’s a place you look forward to being in, somewhere you shut yourself away from the outside world and you can call your own.
So, whether you are heading off to college, renting your first place or buying your first home you need to put your stamp on it, in order to make it a home. With this in mind, here are the rules you should follow when it comes to making your house a home.
All about the paint
Painting the walls is a cheap, easy and fun way to change the whole look and feel of your home. Decorating is the one way to show your personality throughout your home and really give it your very own personal touch. Make it a space that you feel you can share with your friends and family when they come to visit, with your favourite colours and patterns throughout.
Be smart with your storage
One of the biggest lessons to be learnt when making a house feel like a home is functionality. The beauty of organised bookshelves and clutter kept at bay will make your house feel homey, almost instantly. Storage for some can be very simple but, for others its a time to showcase creativity with storage boxes, handmade baskets and so much more.
When it comes to storage, especially for those of you moving house, consider using storage containers to hold your household items in, whilst you are getting things together and decorating. This will enable you to keep all your things in one handy place and space to work out what looks best in your new home. If there’s any furniture that doesn’t you don’t need to worry about squeezing it into your property then having to take it back out again.
From decorative objects to family photographs, sculptures or painting - artwork can be anything you want it to be. Its role in your home is to add an element that makes it feel unique to you and gives you that warm feeling inside as it means something to you. The artwork is instantly homely as it highlights memories in your lifetime and a list of things that make you happy to see every day.
Give these items their own special place in your home whether that's on a table, mantelpiece, bookshelf, attached to the wall or in a display case - wherever it may be, they will stand out when anyone enters your home.
Create cosy lighting
A cosy atmosphere, created with lighting, is key to that homely feel. Avoid blue tinted lights and white lights and instead opt for a soft yellow glow for that warm fuzzy feeling. You should layer the lighting in your home, which essentially means having more than just an overhead light in each room. Try to feature floor lamps that hang over the sofas for reading, as well as fairy lights for effect. Dotting candles around your home is another nice touch - just remember to blow them out when you leave the room!
Have guests over
Make sure you are spending as much time in your home as possible. Invite everyone over - share your home with your friends and family, it will give you a sense of pride and love for it. Filling the house with love and laughter will make it feel like a home more than anything else.
Over time you will fill your house with everything you, you’ll make new memories, share special moments and it will soon become your home.