It’s one thing to buy or rent a house and live in it but turning it into the place you call home is where the real work begins. Yes, it can be a time-consuming and expensive job, but it doesn’t have to be, especially if this is your first rodeo. Decorating your home needs to be personal to you so that you feel a connection with your home and don’t feel like you’re just living in someone else’s.
A few elements here and there can turn your house from cold and empty to warm and welcoming, for example, adding in a few wall prints, cushions, throws, and other accessories. Don’t worry; we’re not expecting you to start knocking out walls and taking the doors off the hinges (unless that’s what you’re ready for!). We always recommend starting within your means, whatever they may be.
Many factors can be effective when turning your house into a home, but to begin with, we’re going to discuss our top 5 decorating tips to get you started – it’s time to get your interior cap on!
Painting Each Room
Giving your house a lick of paint is vital when turning it into a home. It’s an effective way to give it a facelift whilst also becoming a slight guideline to the rest of your furnishings that are to come.
Thinking of a theme for each room will give your home a stylish and put-together feel about it. For example, perhaps the living room follows a nude theme, whilst the kitchen dabbles in green and orange tones, etc. However, if you’re more of a recurring theme throughout the home kind of person, we suggest creating a color palette of roughly 5-6 colors of your choice, which you can experiment with.
If you display a splash of your personality anywhere, it should be amongst your walls through wall prints. Decorate those walls with stunning frames, memorable photos, inspirational quotes and other things that make your eyes light up whenever you come across them at home. It’s so important to dress those walls and a vital factor in decorating your home; it’s usually one of the finishing touches, but the sooner you start, the better.
Wall art is an incredible way to make your home feel complete, even if you miss those slightly larger and bigger focal point furnishings. They all don’t necessarily need to be nailed to the wall; you could also consider standing them on sideboards and leaning them against mirrors. However your home is set up, there is always a way that you can include wall art in the decor.
Soft furnishings such as cushions, throws, rugs, and other home accessories are the key to warming up your space. You could have your home completely decked with sofas, dining tables, seating, etc., but without them being fluffed up a little with your choice of soft furnishings, they can feel quite cold. For example, adding a couple of cushions to your sofa can improve the room and create a more seamless flow of comfort whilst tying your sofa to the rest of the decor. As well as rugs, rugs are a great way to create areas within rooms and provide your floor with the warmth that it needs.
Sometimes, what’s missing are a few stand-out pieces in each room. For example, an accent chair in your living room or bedroom that is the perfect contrast against the decor – think bold colors or patterns. Or an accent wall, adding a splash of color to one room or the next. Accent pieces thrive in spaces already put together and almost become that ‘missing piece’. You’ll find yourself struggling to remember what the room would be like without it, as it has become a major part of your decor.
From an interior design perspective, lighting plays the most important role in any room. There are three types of lighting; accent, ambient, and task lighting, each of which provides a different vibe and can be used for various things. It can change the mood of a room, the look of furniture and the tone of the room’s chosen color palettes as it transforms one room from day to night vibes.
Invest in lighting around the home and see how different lighting compliments different aspects of your decor.
Turning a house into a home is a process, and for most, it’s ongoing; as trends appear and others go out of style, your decor taste might also change. However, getting the basics in place will give your house that homely feeling; no matter what comes and goes – you’ll always feel at home.