Your home is your sanctuary. It’s your space to wind down after a long day, enjoy time with your loved ones, and channel your inner interior designer.
Whether you have recently moved into a new property or you’ve lived in the same place for years, it’s always nice to add lots of personal touches to your home. And these touches don’t need to be anything extravagant and expensive.
Even the small touches contribute to making your home feel like home! They help your house feel like more than just a building where you sleep and eat.
For those of you who are renting, it can be particularly challenging trying to find ways to personalize your living space. Your landlord might not allow you to decorate and you might now own the furniture that you use on a daily basis. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t add your own style to the property.
Homeliness isn’t defined by the color of the walls or the layout of the house. It’s defined by the unique accessories or homely designs that add to the coziness and inviting character of the place.
So, whether you are a homeowner or you are renting, you still have some creative control over the way your home looks and feels.
If you need some inspiration on great ways to transform your home into a relaxing space that reflects your character perfectly, here are some ideas for you.
Don’t Be Afraid to Accessorize
Whether it’s a handmade ornament or some Irish gifts for the home, the world of home accessories is huge. There are endless designs and styles of homeware being released every month, meaning you can easily find something that suits your home aesthetic.
You could go for a bold bronze sculpture for your living room or a dainty dreamcatcher for your bedroom. Maybe the dining room would look great with some miniature fake plants or a set of stylish food storage jars.
Even if you love the minimalistic look, your home can still benefit from some accessories here and there. Go for some items that use neutral tones and minimal designs to place subtly throughout your house to add an extra special touch.
Nothing says ‘homely’ more than lots of fluffy blankets and woolly throws. Surrounding yourself in softness is a cost-effective way to increase the serenity of your home.
Place a large throw over the couch or throw one over your duvet on the bed so you’re never going to feel cold. You may also want to get a cozy weighted blanket to enhance your sleep quality. This will make your bedroom feel like a safe haven where you can happily drift off into a deep sleep every night.
Rugs are also a great way to increase the homeliness and coziness of your property. Not only do they feel amazing under your feet, but they also add to the cozy look of your home. Whether it’s a thick, fluffy rug for your living room or a thinner, waterproof mat for your bathroom, rugs are the way to go!
They are also helpful to cover up any cold hardwood flooring that you might have in your home. If you’re renting and you can’t pull up the boards to replace them with warm carpets, rugs are the perfect temporary solution.
There are so many different types of rugs available in different sizes, designs, and materials. You can use a different style in every room to keep it exciting and varied too.
Display Childhood Memories
For many of us, thinking about childhood brings back amazing and happy memories. If you’re looking to make your current property more homely, consider displaying items that bring back these memories.
This might be some of your treasured family photos from a childhood holiday or old ornaments that your grandparents gave to you years ago. Maybe it’s an old board game that you used to play as a family every Christmas or a small plastic car that your brother loved to play with when you were younger.
There are so many small items that you can find a place for somewhere in your home. By placing your favorite nick-nacks in each room, you’ll be able to reminisce whenever you like!
Keep Your Home Clean and Tidy
It’s difficult to feel relaxed and cozy in a place that is full of clutter. Giving each room a quick tidy will leave your home feeling open and inviting. If possible, tidy things away as you go along to avoid things getting out of hand. Try to stay on top of cleaning the floors and kitchen countertops as well as regularly washing your bedsheets.
However, with life being extremely busy for many of us nowadays, it’s understandable if your home gets a little messy sometimes. You might get home from work and want to snuggle up on the couch for the rest of the night. Cleaning and tidying is probably the last thing on your mind!
If you struggle to find time to regularly clean and tidy, setting aside a full day each month to perform a deep clean and get everything tidy and organized within your home will make a huge difference to its level of homeliness.
Adopt a Pet
Coming home to a furry friend that excitedly greets you at the door is one of the best feelings. Adopting a pet has amazing benefits to your mental health and it’s the way to give your house a homely feel. Even the soft touch of an animal’s fur can calm you down by reducing stress and increasing the levels of positive neurotransmitters in your brain.
Of course, your pet also provides social support. They become part of your family!
If you have the time, money, and energy to properly care for a pet, you should definitely consider adopting! Remember that if you currently rent your property, you will have to run it past your landlord first! Thanks to Creative Irish Gifts for consulting.