A house can be the most beautifully designed, elegantly decorated and perfectly styled, but without adding life and personality it will never feel like a home. At the end of the day ‘home’ is a feeling rather than a place.
We’ve been in our new flat for quite a while now, but only recently has it felt like our home. Previously I felt our flat lacked character, I would browse Pinterest and fawn over the places filled with photographs, prints and clutter picked up on great adventures. I’ve slowly started realising just how to make a home feel more homely.
I didn’t realise just how much of an impact shelves can have on a home, but a place to display books, pictures and worldly belongings makes the house feel more personal and inviting. What’s that saying ‘collect moments, not belongings’ or something like that? Although the saying resonates with me in some ways, I think belongings can often be reminders of moments and the best way to jog your memory is to keep those sentimental belongings displayed.
Flowers & Plants
If I could, I would turn our home into a jungle; plants climbing the walls, hanging from every ceiling and sitting on every shelf but that would make watering a full time job. Research has shown that flowers and plants have both an immediate and long term effect on happiness and whilst I won’t try to delve into the science I do have to agree with the psychology. Whether it’s a fresh bouquet of blooms on the bedside or a four foot cheese plant draped in the hallway they will fill your home with life.
Artwork & Prints
The simplest way to breed life and personality into your interior is to fill every wall and surface with artwork or meaningful photographs, surrounding yourself with happy memories will instantly make you home feel more welcoming.
I love a well-executed gallery wall, but they take quite a bit of planning and are a big commitment, IKEA do some brilliant picture shelves that give just as much impact as a gallery wall but leave far less holes in the wall. I’m also a big fan of sticking art up with printed tapes, I have a lot of these up in the office area purely because I’m fickle with my inspirations and like to switch them up often.
Currently our walls are a split of about 90% prints and 10% personal photographs, I would eventually like to increase the personal photograph quota, but for now just a smattering of photographs of my beautiful nieces amongst the handmade prints will do.
Prints don’t have to be expensive (unless you are a fan of gorgeous handpainted art); If you are a dab hand at Photoshop you could whip yourself up a couple of quotes, if not, Etsy is a great resource or I have posted a few free printables here and here.
There are so many other ways to make your house feel like a home, but a lot of them are personal to the individual, for instance if you love crafts you could weave your own cushion covers or you love cycling, why not make a light pendant out of an old bike wheel. Just make sure your home feels like you, no matter what.