If you’re thinking about buying a new house, or you’ve recently purchased one, you may be wondering how you’re going to decorate it.
There are certainly a lot of things to consider, including colours, fabric, furniture, and things like tiles and carpet for the floors.
While there are many things you can do to make a house reflect your personality, here are a few tips so you can learn how to make a house a home:
Choose colours you love
Fun colours will help to give your home personality. Choose your favourite hues, and mix and match them in fun ways, for example a pile of throw pillows in complimentary colours but different textures can be an interesting way to mix things up without costing a lot of money.
It can be tempting to choose darker colours if you have kids, since furniture and carpet is likely to get stained, however there are some excellent stain-resistant materials on the market, so the only limit is your imagination.
Find comfortable furniture
Often one of the main things that separates houses from homes are the types of furniture used in each room. Houses are more likely to have expensive pieces that are uncomfortable but look nice, while homes will often have pieces of furniture that look mix-matched, but are incredibly comfortable to sink into at the end of a long day.
Find a nice comfortable couch, with some ottomans so you can put your feet up, or go shopping and concentrate on finding a quality riser recliner chair .
Buy second hand
Decorating a house can quickly become expensive. Ask friends and family if they have any pre-loved furniture they want to get rid of, or head to garage sales and second hand shops. You’ll often find quality furniture at a fraction of the price of buying new, and often it’s the pre-loved finds that have the most interesting memories attached, since you won’t be so worried about keeping it looking like new.
One of the best ways to make a house a home is to show your personality in your interior design. Cover the walls in pictures of your friends and family, let the kids make pictures to stick on the refrigerator, and if you’re the travelling type, now’s the time to unpack all those souvenirs and display the on shelves and walls where they can be seen.
Sometimes making a house a home is a matter of time. In order for a house to feel like home you need to live in it, and feel like it’s a refuge from the outside world. You may not remember a home for its amazing pool, garden, or kitchen, but you probably remember the pillow fights, mums apple crumble, and playing with the dog in the front yard. Invite friends over for dinner parties, or simply spend time with families having coffee on the porch or relaxing with a nice glass of wine.