Make Your Home Feel Homely With These 6 Essential Decor Items
Now that we spend most of our time at home due to the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to turn our house into a home. When creating a happy home, you need to focus on a warm and welcoming feeling, and there’s no better and easier way to achieve that than with décor. Here are a few essential items for that inviting, homely vibe.
Layer your lighting with lamps and candles
Often neglected and taken for granted, lighting is actually an essential part of every home, especially those that feel cozy. Unless you have proper lighting, all your efforts to brighten up the space will end in unsatisfying results. So, make sure to switch up your lighting. Add a layer of light sources to change the entire mood of a room—opt for table lamps, floor lamps, fairy lights and candles to create a warm glow. These fixtures serve a practical purpose, but if you pick when design-wise, they can serve as beautiful décor items even when turned off.
These fixtures serve a practical purpose, but if you pick when design-wise, they can serve as beautiful décor items even when turned off. You can also add a fish tank with LED aquarium light to your room. This particular idea will allow you to use less lighting and cover more area. LED lights do not generate the heat that fluorescent light bulbs do, and so they won’t heat up your aquarium water. A very popular advantage of LED lights is the fact that they last far longer than other traditional types of lighting. LED lights are durable and efficient lighting options. They are not prone to damage due to their small size. Their unmatched brightness and long life give you value for money. Their high-intensity illumination offers excellent quality lighting convenient for all spaces in your home.
If you think you don’t have space for extra lighting, you’re probably wrong, since even the smallest of rooms and tables can spare some space for a lamp with a narrow base.
Add cushions and throws for warmth
Honestly, cushions and throws don’t serve a particularly big purpose, but they sure make a difference if you want to make your house feel like a home. For centuries, people have been draping blankets over their sofas and armchairs to turn a simple space into something more inviting, and so can you. Here’s a fool-proof recipe you can try out: layer your sofa with six different-sized pillows (two 22x22 pillows, two 20x20 and two 18x18) and make sure they complement each other yet vary in texture. Finish the look with a chunky throw and a woolen blanket for some extra texture, warmth and coziness. When you curl up on the couch in the evening, you’ll see how handy these will come. Plus, they simply look cute and that’s sometimes enough.
Don’t forget underfoot comfort
A plain and ugly floor can literally suck the warmth out of your living room. Don’t let that happen to your house and brighten up your space with some extra comfort underfoot. Rugs can be an expensive investment, but they really make a huge difference in the home’s vibe and even acoustics (especially when decorating a new house). If you search the internet, you will manage to find many options that fit your space and your wallet. Just make sure to get a rug that’s big enough—ideally, it should fit at least halfway under your furniture.
Fill your walls with personalized artwork
If you want a super-fast fix for your home, opt for artwork. Some bigger problems with the house won’t be solved overnight, but if your biggest issue is bare walls, you can take care of that overnight. According to real estate agents and interior designers, one of the biggest offences people make is to leave their walls empty. Luckily, you can create a more pulled-together space by stocking on prints and other artwork. A family home will always benefit from a custom family canvas print with names of your loved ones, that will ensure a 100% custom look to your home. These are more than affordable, yet leave a huge positive effect on home residents and guests. Mix your bigger personalized prints with a few smaller ones to vary your art in size and create a more interesting and lived-in space.
Decorate with plants and flowers
In order to boost ambiance in your house, turn to foliage. Even the darkest of corners, starkest of shelves and unhappiest of mantels can be brightened up with a touch of greenery. And the bonus part is that plants help purify the indoor air and keep your home safe from all sorts of toxins—it’s a win-win situation. Make sure to choose your plants with the location and your level of experience in mind. Logically, larger empty corners can offer a perfect home to a big potted plant or tree (palm or fiddle leaf fig) while tabletops and mantels will make do with fresh flowers or succulents. If you have a notoriously black thumb, you can even consider a vase of dried blooms and branches to create a zero-effort arrangement.
Make a few tiny home improvements
The devil always hides in the details, so do a few home improvements that will not break your bank but will break that monotony in your home. For instance, you can swap furniture hardware to give it a more expensive look. This simple and cheap fix can transform every dresser, cabinet and door, and give your home that lux and intimate vibe. Even IKEA cabinets can look more unique and exclusive with eccentric pulls or crystal knobs!
All of these items can be found in your local mall or furniture store, and if you want to stay on budget, they can even be found at flea markets and thrift stores. Make sure to be liberal with decoration, follow this guide and you’ll create something the entire family will love.