Making a Home Homely: There Are More Ways Than One

Not every home feels like one, regardless whether you own it or rent it, and that’s not what a home is supposed to be – just a building you happen to live in. If this sounds like you, it might be due to a lack of one of the essential ingredients needed to make a home homely, which is cosiness.

Express Yourself

While there are many ingredients to it, the basic one would be modern designer furniture. Even if modern isn’t your first choice when it comes to style, thanks to how extensive the range of furniture pieces is, you’re sure to find just the right ones that would help you express your personality the best, an aspect connected to cosiness.

You don’t have to go for a huge makeover to be able to accomplish a soulful transformation, even a couple of pieces would do. To make the most of the purchase, that is if you haven’t made up your mind yet on what it is you want to buy, it’s advisable to consider furniture that offers stylishness and functionality at the same time, in the example of chic storage cases (great for curbing clutter!), side tables that could serve as coffee tables as well or poufs that double as footrests and chairs.

This being said, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get the wanted outcome so there shouldn’t be any income excuses in preventing this much-needed change. Apart from the modern designer furniture, you could give other furnishings a try too, from decorative accessories, such as fancy mirrors that look like artworks, to fittings.

Speaking of fittings, window treatments like both curtains and blinds are an easy way to own your windows, i.e. customise your dwelling by choosing the coverings that most speak of you. Apart from this effect, they’re sure to have a greater impact on the interior décor as a whole as well, adding a warmer tone to it and proving to be essential with temperature control.

Choose the Tones

When it comes to tones, you should think of the palette you most want in your abode, whatever says comfort most to you; perhaps it’s greys you’re after, earthy tones in brown and stone, soft pink or cream – the first step in filing up your living space with it is deciding which colour, then choose the furnishings.

Even if you don’t find furniture in the desired colour for example, you could always get the help of accessories in the form of cushions and throws, lots and lots of them (more are better than none!) both of which are ideal elements when you want to inject some texture.

The wall colour isn’t to be underestimated also knowing how big of a surface it takes up. If you decide to keep it simple with shades of white, it’s easy to fill up the vast space with your favourite pieces of art, including some you’ve created and those that remind you of your family and childhood because what speaks more personalised than this?!

Bring Nature Inside

Nature is never going out of style, so you won’t risk it if you invite more of it in your nest. This could be accomplished in numerous ways, starting from the addition of plants, meaning you have all the freedom you want to play with various types of foliage, opt for wood floors, and bring more natural light by undertaking a more serious project like getting larger windows.

What I love about this solution, plants specifically, is that it has its role in effortlessly filling up empty spaces and improving the air quality at the same time. If you’re struggling with watering chores, then low-maintenance greenery is what you should be after. Now, to eliminate the chance for indoor pollution, apart from plants, it’s best to get in the habit of being wise with the materials you invite in your home.

This is possible by opting for organic materials, such as different types of modern designer furniture pieces made from sustainable wood, natural fibre, paints that are low VOC, and buying eco-friendly cleaning products.

Cosy Lighting

The power of lighting can do wonders for your interior much like the furniture, as long as you go for the soft glow instead of the glaring bright lights, of course. In terms of fixtures, there’s plenty to choose from, and you can even vary several types to create a more eye-catching result.

Opting for dimmers would help you out immensely when you’re in need of an intimate and romantic ambiance, though candles can do the trick too and the candle holders are an extra feature in adding a little bit of drama to the interior décor.

The Details

You’ve heard this before, beauty is in the details, and it really is so, particularly the smaller ones though not many of us give them the needed attention. A nice example would be the door knobs and handles, small details that could bring about an immediate change. If you don’t have sufficient amount of money, you could always replace those old knobs and handles!

Author: Christina Stone

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