Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or you simply want to reapproach the design of your house, it’s important to make efforts to make a house into a home. A home is a place where you can feel comfortable and relaxed, and it can be a haven for you and your family. There are many approaches you can take to make your house into a home.

Focus on the Most Important Rooms

When trying to make your house feel more homey, sometimes it’s best to focus your efforts on the most important rooms. This includes rooms where you and your family spend the most time. For example, you might want to put more effort into the family/living room whereas a bathroom probably wouldn’t want more attention. You can make these rooms feel more like home by adding personal touches such as family photos or keepsakes. Adding décor and little touches like rugs or pillows to make the room cozier can also help. Determine which rooms you and your family spend the most time in and do your best to make them enjoyable spaces to be in.

Be Thoughtful About Color

To make your house a home, you need to personalize your space. This includes establishing a color scheme. There are several approaches to take here. One option is to establish a color scheme with your furniture and other touches while your walls remain neutral. Of course, you can also flip this and have colorful walls with neutral furniture. It all depends on the look you want to achieve. The colors you choose can have an effect on the energy in the room. Bold and bright colors can be very energizing and exciting. Softer colors can have a more relaxing effect. Think about how you want to feel in each room as you select your colors.

Increase Privacy

Another way to make a house feel like home is to increase your home’s privacy. It can be difficult to feel at home if you feel like you’re being watched or observed by others. Making your home more private is essential. Increasing privacy in the backyard ] is where many people will start. You can add privacy screens around your yard. In fact, these screens or walls can even be multifunctional. You can hang plants on them or even some décor. Other forms of privacy could come from planting more trees or even hedges. This helps give you privacy and it adds more green to your yard.

Add Relaxing Space

To feel at home, you need to be able to relax. The best way to do this is by designating certain space to relax in. Inside, this could be a den with comfortable recliners, or you could even create a spa-like experience in one of your bathrooms. Additionally, you can add some relaxing space in your backyard. Spending time outside is so beneficial and it can be made more relaxing if you have a deck or patio. There are endless features you can add to a deck to suit your needs. You can incorporate planters or grow boxes onto your deck to garden or to add some beautiful flowers. Your deck is also a great spot for a grill. Consider features that will help you relax outside.

Keep It Clean

It’s hard to relax or feel at home in a messy house. Do your best to keep your home clean. There are plenty of ways you can maintain a clean home without making a lot of extra work for yourself. Start by cleaning up after yourself throughout the day. Don’t let dishes pile up and don’t avoid clutter around the home. You can also try to do a little bit at a time. This way the work gets done without having to do long stretches of cleaning. Another helpful tip is to create a cleaning schedule and stick to it. Decide what needs to be cleaned every day, week, and month. Additionally, you can make things easier on yourself by focusing on one room at a time.

Make It Smell Nice

The thing about smells is they can evoke specific memories. If you know of smells that remind you of home or of your childhood, then consider adding these smells throughout your home. Even if you don’t have certain memories attached, having a house that smells good makes it more inviting. Making your home smell good is done in two ways: introducing good smells and removing bad ones. Start by cleaning out your garbage disposal and garbage can. Remove bad smells from your shoes. You can also add baking soda to carpets to make them smell fresher. To add good smells, you can get an essential oil diffuser, light candles, and even bake some cookies.

Add Personal Touches

When decorating, try to incorporate as many personal touches as possible. There are many ways you can do this. As mentioned, you can display pictures of your family to make it personal. You can also display items from your travels to show where you’ve been and add a unique decorating style. Hanging your favorite art pieces can also help your house feel more like home because you can regularly see art that makes you happy. In fact, you can also hang artwork that has been done by your family. Include pieces your kids have made at school or even have a family art night to create pieces to hang.

Have Lots of Plants

Having house plants displayed throughout your home adds a lot of aesthetic value, but they can also benefit you physical and mentally. Of course, plants produce oxygen which can improve your indoor air quality. Plants have also been shown to improve mood, reduce stress, and even boost creativity. Overall, they create an environment that elevates your health, and they literally make you feel happier when at home.

Making a house into a home takes a lot of work. Often, it can be an ongoing process. Be thoughtful and intentional as you work on your home to make it more inviting and enjoyable. You and your family will appreciate the effort.

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