When you move into a new home, it can take a while before it feels like it belongs to you. Even after months or years living there, it can seem like it doesn’t quite belong to you. But if you’re living in your home yet it still doesn’t feel lived in, how can you make it seem more homely? Luckily, it’s really not all that difficult. You might not have had the time to think about what makes a house feel like a home before, but it doesn’t take much to inject that warm and welcoming atmosphere. Start enjoying your home more and looking forward to returning to it each day with these techniques for creating a more lived-in home.
Use Every Room
The first thing you should do is make sure you get proper use out of every room in your house. If you have rooms that you leave shut up or that you only use as a throughway to get to other parts of the house, it’s time to start using them. There more you use a room, the less sparse and empty it will become. When you start spending more time at home and doing your day-to-day activities there, you’ll want to make it more liveable. However, don’t expect the house to decorate itself magically. You need to make an effort to add your personal touch to your home if you want to give it some personality.
Don’t Keep Everything Too Tidy
You may be a very clean and tidy person, but try to resist keeping everything too neat. Although you want to avoid too much clutter, if you make the decor in your home too minimal it can look like no one lives there. You don’t want everything to feel cold and empty, so try to resist picking everything up as soon as you notice it. It’s alright to have some magazines on your coffee table or a throw draped across the arm of your sofa, instead of folded into a neat square.
Go for a Cozy Look
Warm and homely houses need to feel cozy and welcoming. It’s not difficult to create that kind of feel in your home. Once you know not to keep things too minimal, you’re already part of the way there. One of the things you can do is focus on a more rustic decor, which is casual but can also look smart and sophisticated at the same time. Using dark, neutral colors is a good place to start, perhaps with some brighter accents to add some character. It’s also a good idea to use lots of textiles and upholstery, from throws and cushions to rugs and curtains.
If you want to give your home a personal touch, you need to use things that mean something to you around the house. A vase you saw at the store might look good, but it’s nothing compared to a photo of your family or a gift from a friend. Use your space to show your personality and the things that matter to you, and you’ll feel right at home.