One of the real pleasures in life is coming home, don’t you think?
At the end of the day, to be able to walk through the front door and just immediately feel more relaxed because you’re home.
If you’ve just moved into a new house though, especially if you’re renting, it might not quite feel like home yet. Maybe you can’t put your finger on what changes you need to make to create that homely atmosphere.
If you’re in need of a bit of help, here are a few things you can try to get you on your way to making your house a home.
Use different light sources to create the atmosphere you want.
Most of the time, especially in the winter months, we want our homes to feel warm and cosy. So think about getting a variety of lamps to use instead of having the main overhead lights on all the time. If you can, try to position the lamps at different heights, as non-uniform distribution of light has been found to create a more relaxed environment.
You could also try adding candle light too, for extra cosiness.
Give the kitchen some love.
For most people the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we spend a lot of our time when we’re at home, so it’s worth putting some effort in and making it a room you really love.
If you’re not sure where to start then take a look at the great guide that Quercus living have put together to help you get the kitchen of your dreams, based on your lifestyle and what you want from your kitchen space. There are so many beautiful pieces of Quercus furniture that you could use in your kitchen to really make it a room you love spending time in.
Choose good quality furniture.
Take a bit of time to figure out your own personal taste when it comes to furniture, and then buy the best quality you can afford. If you know you would like some gorgeous wood furniture, but aren’t sure exactly what kind then take a look at the different ranges that Quercus living offer. You’ll quickly be able to pick out the ranges that appeal to you the most.
I personally love the look of the Rustic oak furniture range. I’ve always loved the look of oak wood, and Quercus have a few different options to choice from that are make from oak, but the rustic range is my favourite.
I really love how solid and almost chunky the pieces look, I think they would add to the cosy atmosphere that I want from my home.
What is great about Quercus is that once you find a range you like you can furnish pretty much the whole house, to get a really love cohesive look throughout your home. No need to shop around and hope that items from different places ‘go’ together.
Display photos and mementos.
Once you’ve picked out your key pieces of furniture you can start thinking about the little extra touches that will make your house really feel like home.
A perfect way to really put some of you into your home is to display photos of you and your family and friends. Order some big canvases to hang on your walls, put some other favourite photos in frames on your bookshelves or mantelpiece, or for a more relaxed vibe pop a load of prints on your kitchen fridge.
Make it tactile.
Choose sofas and chairs in soft, comfortable fabrics. The layer them up with cosy blankets and throws to wrap around you on cold evenings. Use cushions to add interest and extra cosiness to your sofa.
Not only will this all make you feel more relaxed, it’ll help visitors to your home feel more at ease too.
Studies have found that people find social interactions easier and smoother if they touch and feel things that are softer/smoother. So if you want others to feel comfortable in your home pick soft furnishings that are nice and tactile rather than rough.
What is it about your house that really makes it feel like home to you?
Disclaimer – this is a collaborative post.