The saying, ‘home is where the heart is’ couldn’t be far from the truth. It is your relaxation zone, your haven, and the one place you can be yourself without apology. Before you decide to call that building your “home,” it first is a house. The physical structure making up your living space can only become your beloved dwelling if you dedicate time and attention to it. Logically, life’s pressures can inhibit the desire to put in any effort but give it a try anyway.
- Ignore trends
Ignoring trends is a mark of personal uniqueness. It is tempting to get caught up in creating that ideal home and forget your personal taste. For some people, colors should be the central theme for a home. For others, artwork, fabric, shapes, and sizes are real deals. You do not need to get confused. If your motivation stems from decorating your home to withstand the test of time, focus on what you love. Remember trends are seasonal and constantly overtaken by another. If your taste is antique and that is what works for you, go all out. You may have however observed that common themes seem to run through homes without necessarily being trendy. There are rugs, sofas, wall clocks, tables, and light fixtures, and there are many more to choose from based on the fine details that define your personality. Apart from this also concentrate on what you need. For example, if you have a roofing problem, get a roofing company to take a look.
- Make it work for you
Converting a house into a home translates into personal habits and living comfortably. Your interior layout should be a dominant feature that helps with how you operate at home. For example, when fixing cabinets and drawers, decide where to put regular items for easier retrieval. Your most valuable items meant to be displayed could be moved far back on a display stand or hung on walls. If you are an individual who prefers to watch movies from the bedroom and not the living area or hall, fix a television in there. Do what makes you happy and not necessarily what may impress a guest in your home.
- Play around with the interior design
Once again, it is your personal space, and what you decide to do with it is your charge. Play with lighting, textures, indoor greenery, flowers, paintings, and art (if you can afford it). Besides, artwork should not be that expensive to purchase or create. You can find a host of beautiful 3D images that could be printed and framed beautifully on a wall or two. It will be a fun project to experiment with your space and find various ways to make it beautiful. If you don’t have the time but have the resources, you can hire a professional interior decorator to help you choose your home design.
- Create comfort
A few items of stunning miniature architecture displayed on your wall or stand help create aesthetic beauty. However, if you are after a relaxing home, comfort is essential. Replacing comfort with just aesthetics could spell doom for how you perceive your home. Nobody would love to return home after a stressful day at work, to recline on an uncomfortable sofa, bed, or couch. Beauty is important but cannot replace the relaxation comfort provides. If you have the time and resources, take your time when picking items for your home, like furniture, making sure you only choose those that would bring maximum comfort.
- Use personal mementos
Whether you live with family or not, surrounding your space with personal mementos is worth the constant recollection of great memories. When you include bits of items that represent you or loved ones, you achieve the purpose of turning the house into a home. Certainly, home is where the heart is if you can return to it and be surrounded by love. Digital mementos such as family photographs taken with a phone could be printed out and placed by your bed. They become the first thing sighted when you wake in the morning and the last vision before going to sleep.
- Create space meant for you only
Usually, many people forget to dedicate a spot in the home meant for them only. It could be a cozy chair and coffee table in one corner of your living space. Regardless of how small your home is, find that single place only you can go to unwind and release stress. Your go-to zone is not a fantasy sighted only in Hollywood films. You can create that space for yourself and enable the creativity within.
- Simply rearrange furniture
If you are like most people, seeing the same thing all the time could become boring and uninspiring. Your home is a refuge that deserves a do-over when you feel it is time. It is normal to get stuck at some point in life but when you see this coming on, get to work. The natural thoughts that may come to mind will be what new items you can bring into the space to make it feel and look different. However, you may already have what you need and so instead of buying new things, rearrange furniture. Doing this in your home can be a thrill and as you use this to get back on track, you would have created a new look for your living space. It may not be easy moving furniture around, but it is a good exercise to capitalize on to tone your muscles.
Take a break to love your home. Unlike human beings, your house (turned home) cannot reject you. It will always open up to you regardless of how bad a day you have had. Sometimes, personal problems and challenges unintentionally become apparent in our physical spaces. But always keep in mind that when you begin to lose control of things you cannot handle, the love you put in your home will come back to you. If you are fortunate to have a home, cherish it.