Make Your House Feel Like Home

There’s a big difference between living in a place that you simply rely on for provisions of necessity like a bed and a bathroom and living in a place that you really feel at home in. This is especially true in rentals. It can be difficult to establish yourself somewhere that you know you won’t be in for more than a year or two, or somewhere that is a far cry from your own taste or style. But a sense of home is all about perception, and regardless of the surrounding factors it is possible to cultivate true warmth and personality no matter where you’re living.

“Hygge” (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish term that refers to feelings of coziness and charm, and a sort of pleasant comfort that comes with certain atmospheres or situations. Figuring out how to make your house feel like home is, more than anything, about figuring out how to make your home cozy. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Hang art
shows that simply looking at art can reduce stress and make you happy. And aside from the fact that we get a big boost of pleasure from looking at things that we consider to be beautiful, hanging art in your house helps instill your individual personality and interests into the space. The more you surround yourself with things that make you feel good, the more you’ll capture that feeling of home.

Display items that remind you of your childhood home
For most of us, our childhood house or apartment stands as the epitome of what “home” really is – it’s where we first felt safe and loved. You can never fully recreate the feeling of your childhood home, but you can keep a few items that remind you of it close by. It might be a special piece of furniture, the music box from your old bedroom, or even a few dated board games. Pick a few things that hold that sense of childhood warmth for you, and incorporate them into your space for tried-and-true feelings of home no matter where you’re living.

Keep it clean
You know how bed always feels the best when you’re climbing into freshly washed sheets? That’s because it’s extremely difficult to be completely comfortable in a place that’s dirty and/or filled with clutter. If you’re trying to figure out how to make a home cozy, you need to start with making it clean. Your physical space is an expression of the way you feel, and if you want to feel truly relaxed and at home, you should make an effort to keep your space worthy of snuggling into.

Surround yourself in softness
A cozy blanket or cushion can go a long way toward making any space more peaceful and inviting. Look into purchasing a weighted blanket if you suffer from anxiety or stress. These popular bedding accessories place a gentle amount of pressure on your body to make you feel calmer and increase relaxation.

Go green
Just like art and animals, plants and flowers are well-recognized for their ability to positively impact our mood and reduce stress, among other things. There is an innate sense of hygge in nature, and we can foster that in our own homes by introducing greenery and fresh blooms into our space.

Add extra light
Few things make a house feel less inviting than insufficient lighting, or worse, fluorescent lighting. Make sure your existing lighting fixtures emit warm temperature shades of white or yellow, which promote relaxation. Then add additional lighting as appropriate. Pretty much any space can be made instantly more homey with the introduction of some well-placed lamps, string lights, or a battery-powered flameless candle in a lantern.

Bring the spa home
If you want your home to feel cozy and relaxing, take some inspiration from a place that’s specially designed to make you feel as comfortable as possible: the spa. Aromatherapy diffusers, candles, gentle lighting, trickling fountains, and other spa-specific details can all be incorporated into your own home for a quick dose of homey-ness. Do it right and you may never even want to leave.

A house or apartment should be more than just a place to crash at the end of the day. Simple design details can capture feelings of warmth and pass those feelings on to you whenever you’re in that space. Choose to surround yourself with the things that, above all else, make you feel good.

WOW Magazine – Living September 2019

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