If you’re going to invest all that time, energy, and money into creating a home, then you’ll want to at least like it! Alas, this isn’t guaranteed — there are plenty of people that have ill-feeling towards their property. But the good news is that it normally doesn’t take much for us to like your homes more. Indeed, you can do so by making just a few changes that will nudge it in the right direction. Take the tips that we’ve outlined below, and you’ll be on your way towards having a home that you love returning to.
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They say that you should start as you mean to go on. So take a look at the initial entranceway at your home: does it make you happy when you arrive after a long day or work, or is it uninspiring? If you’re not greeted by the love and warmth of your home when you step through the door, then it’s time to make some changes. This can involve doing simple things that’ll help to freshen things up. For example, getting rid of any clutter, adding flowers, and adding items that inspire joy to the walls.
Light and Airy
It’s not difficult to see the difference between a home that is dark and dingy, and one that is light and airy. And we think we all know which type of house we’d prefer to live in. If your property isn’t quite as light as it could be, it’s time to make a couple of alterations that’ll let the sun’s rays to shine through. It could be that your windows need replacing; don’t discount just how much of a difference a new set of windows can make. If your home is generally dark anyway, look at adding mirrors to the walls (they’ll help light to bounce around the house) and removing any bulky furniture that could be making spaces look smaller.
Plenty of Space
And talking of space, be sure to avoid the problem of clutter, which is a trap that many homeowners inadvertently fall into. It’s normal to acquire more and more items, especially after several years of owning a property, but remember that you do have to store those items, and the clutter they create might be compromising the quality of your house. So, could it be time for a clear out? You can sell the items you no longer need and raise some money for your savings account. For the items that you want to keep but don’t need every day, you can use a self storage service. Your home will feel a lot more pleasant when it no longer feels like you’re continually tripping over all your belongings.
Feed the Senses
There are many things that contribute to a happy and enjoyable home. When you’re trying to think of improvements to make, it’s a good idea to think with your senses. If they’re all happy, then you will be too! The two biggest ones that you may have overlooked will be what you can see and what you can smell. Your eyes will appreciate atmospheric lighting, while there are incense and other scents that can help to give your home a wonderfully calm and serene ambiance, too. The changes are subtle, but they can be powerful.
Your home should look good, sure, but it’s important that it’s comfortable. After all, this is the space where you’ll unwind and relax after a long day at the office. So to love your home all the more, take a look at upping the comfort levels. You can do this by upgrading your fabrics (including your duvet, towels, couch throws, and so on), and ensuring that it’s always possible to be at an agreeable temperature. It’s hard to really enjoy a house when you’re always feeling that little bit chilly.
Using Every Room
Another good way to love your home more is to really make the most of all the space that you have. This will involve treating every room as an individual space that can be crafted to your vision (such as making your kitchen fit for socialising, your living room fit for cosy nights in), and making the most of your outdoor space. A lot of people discount their gardens, for various reasons, but it can have a huge impact on the overall quality of your house. If you have decking, a BBQ, comfortable outdoor seating, and a fire pit for staying warm on those chillier nights, you’ll be able to live well.
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