Whether you own or rent your house, it should always feel like yours. And it only takes a few creative touches to take your living space from generic to one of a kind. SampleHouse has 10 simple ways to make your house feel like home sweet home:
Just add pictures
Your walls are your canvas. Dress them up with photographs and artwork that suit your style and speak to your heart. Adding photos of family, friends, pets, and anything you enjoy is a great way to transform your walls from blank space to your own personal gallery. SampleHouse has a multitude of frames to choose from, so make sure to pick the perfect frame to go along with your photos.
Make your entrance inviting
Your front porch is one of the most visible features of your house and also one of the most neglected. You pass by it once day to get the mail and vow to give that one lonely pot of geraniums some flower friends, but it never happens. Well hop to it! The front porch is an ideal spot to showcase your decorating talent and bring some of the personalization from the inside of your home to the outside. Adding a wreath or painting your front door a vibrant color are easy ways to make your porch stand out.
Landscaping is worth the legwork
Landscaping can be labor intensive, but it really pays off in terms of curb appeal. If you can stand a few days digging in the dirt or spare the money to pay a professional, you can take your home from “okay” to “OMG!” in no time. And by choosing your favorite flowers and shrubs, you’ll be able to enjoy the view, too.
Embrace the holidays
Getting out the ladder and pulling down those boxes you swore you just put away can feel overwhelming as Thanksgiving looms, but dedicating a day to decorating your house is a perfect way to make it feel more homey. Even simple touches such as a season-specific wreath (they’re not just for Christmas!) and scented candles will evoke the spirit of the holidays and create a welcoming environment for friends and family.
Warm up to throw blankets
Throw blankets, draped across the back of your couch or stacked in a cozy pile, invite friends and family to snuggle up and stay awhile. Throws are one of the easiest ways to add warmth and personality to your house during any season and provide respite to chilly guests.
Light a fire
Sure, it’s a pain to clean out and you’re never really confident if the flue is open or closed, but your fireplace is an indispensable tool for creating a warm and relaxing atmosphere during cold-weather months. The crackling of logs and toasty flame are worth a few minutes of sweeping and rummaging around for a flashlight to check the chimney. If you’re concerned about safety hazards, your local fire department should be more than willing to perform a fireplace inspection.
Whether real of faux, houseplants are an eye-catching yet simple way to add personality and life to that bare corner in the kitchen or dining room. If you’re unsure how green your thumb is, there are artificial plants that look and feel just like the real deal and don’t require much care beyond dusting.
Don’t neglect the floor
Your refinished wood floors are gorgeous, but we promise it’s okay to cover just a few square feet with an area rug. In addition to providing a little softness and relief from cold floors, area rugs are available in almost unlimited colors and patterns. SampleHouse has plenty of prints and colors to choose from.
Play with color
This tip comes from the lifestyle gurus over at Real Simple. They suggest incorporating unexpected pops of color into your decor for an easy, inexpensive, and fun way to go from drab to fab. Even something as simple as a neon throw pillow or a pair of vivid candleholders attract the eye and give your house some playful touches.
Adopt a furry friend
Having a pet is one of the most rewarding ways to transform your house into a home- just ask Winston! Dogs require a lot of energy but make for a fun and lively addition to your household. If your schedule keeps you away much of the day, cats might be a better fit. They’re perfectly content to sleep all day and warm your lap when you finally get home from the office. If allergies or pet hair are an issue, a fishbowl with a finned friend can give your home the touch of warmth that it needs.
Whether you’re looking to embrace the holidays with decorations galore or add a colorful throw rug to your floor, SampleHouse has everything you need to create a cozy home sweet home that is all yours!