Think back to a time long ago, when you were a renter. Unless you had amazing roommates, chances are you spent time in some sterile-feeling places.
In other words, you may have lived in houses, but they certainly weren’t home.
Things are different now. You are now officially a homeowner – with 1,500 square feet of your own; how can you make your space a cozy home?
Today I want to share some tips that will have it feeling like a comfy abode in no time flat.
(1) Declutter it from top to bottom
If you’ve already been a homeowner for several years, an empty house likely isn’t the problem. It’s the opposite – you’ve got stuff, things, and doodads lying about, everywhere you look.
It wasn’t always like this – work got busy, parenting got in the way, and so forth. Before you knew it, things got out of control – now, you don’t know where to start.
Don’t allow clutter to turn your home into your adversary. Identify what you no longer need, find homes for necessary items, and minimize what is visible.
The mental relief created will take you a long way towards creating a homier space.
(2) Soften interior lighting
There’s nothing worse than the default light fixtures that come with many new houses. Lacking creativity and occupied by fluorescent bulbs, they create an atmosphere that is harsh and impersonal.
By softening your home’s lighting, you’ll create living spaces in which people will want to linger.
Start by chucking any fluorescent bulbs – these have been proven to suppress melatonin, the hormone responsible for sleep.
Replace them with LED, incandescent, and even Edison bulbs – these do a much better job giving off inviting warm light.
If you have more to spend, invest in dimmer switches and indirect lighting. The former allows you to adjust a space’s mood, while the latter adds an elegant feel to any room.
(3) Purchase vintage appliances
As fancy as today’s appliances are, stainless steel feels so cold and conformist.
If homey is the feeling you’re shooting for, consider replacing some of your pieces with vintage models.
Whether you opt for retro-styled or actual antiques, these appliances will bring a country or 50s-themed kitchen alive.
From Philco refrigerators to traditional wood-burning stoves, these items won’t just keep/cook food, they’ll become conservation pieces.
While they may look fantastic, older appliances come with increased risk. Machines, no matter how well-built, eventually break.
That stylish refrigerator, by its age, may cost more to fix than a modern model.
To protect against these expenses, it may be worth your while to invest in a home warranty.
Appliance plans are the cheapest package that home warranty companies offer, with some beginning at $20/month.
Not all contracts are the same, though. Check out ReviewHomeWarranties’ guide on appliance warranty to ensure you are picking the right plan.
(4) Add plants into your space
The air in modern homes is often counterproductive to relaxation. With everything from carpet to furniture releasing mildly toxic gases, they can wear you down over time.
While acquiring non-toxic home furnishings is the best play, not everyone can afford them. In this case, plants can help clean up the air. According to research conducted by NASA, 87% of air toxins can be absorbed by plants within 24 hours.
On top of this, greenery has been proven to boost one’s mood – this is precisely how your home should feel.
Indoor plants aren’t just good for your health – they can also serve as stylish home decor.
From spiky succulents to lush fiddle leaf figs, these plants will create visual delight and spark conversation.
(5) Upgrade your bedding
If you got the sheets for your bed at Target, we need to talk. You spend a 1/3 of your life asleep – make that time as cozy as possible.
First, ignore thread counts – go with Egyptian cotton sheets for softness, and linen sheets for that hotel bed feel.
Second, add a pillow mattress pad – it’ll feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud.
Third, up your pillow game by getting one that supports your head/neck. Feel free to add multiple pillows, as this will make reading in bed more comfortable.
(6) Add rugs to wood floors
There’s nothing worse than touching down on a chilly floor on a winter’s morning. Avoid this rude shock by laying a fuzzy rug beneath your bed.
This fluffy addition will insulate your delicate soles and it feels nice to walk on.
Elsewhere in your home, rugs can add character to other living spaces. From a classic Turkish-style carpet to more modern styles, a simple floor covering can make a bold statement.
(7) Display family/favorite photos on its walls
Unless you’ve created them from scratch, no piece of furniture is truly distinctive.
Not so with pictures – they are a reflection of your personal life that nobody else can imitate.
Don’t be shy – find your best photos of friends and family and have them professionally printed/framed.
From holiday memories to trips taken abroad, these captured moments can transform any house into a home.