It’s difficult to try to come with a definition for the term ‘home” because, well, home is where the heart is. In one home definition attempt, someone associated the term with the idea of a familiar and usual setting, a place where one feels relaxed and comfortable. But how do you achieve that? How do you turn a house into a home? We tried to answer this question and we came up with ten decor ideas that we think could inspire you.
An important part of making a space look and feel like a home is having a comfortable couch or sofa. Before you pick one, consider the type of ambiance that you wish to create as well as the way in which you’ll be using the room. For example, if you entertain a lot, you might want a sectional sofa. If you’re going for a super cozy look a small sofa with comfy cushions would be perfect.
Another thing that can make a home look super cozy is a reading nook or reading corner. To set up something like this you need a comfortable chair and a small table. You can optionally add other things as well, such as bookshelves for example.
A homely decor can be created in any type of space, including utilitarian rooms or transitional areas such as the hallway. The workspace is no different either. To make a desk or a console table and it’s immediate surroundings look inviting and pleasant, keep the decor clean and simple and use accent lighting in the form of table lamps.
The bedroom should obviously be the most comfortable room of the house and to achieve such decor and ambiance you can rely on soft and pleasant textures and fabrics, warm wood for the flooring and colors and patterns that help you relax and feel good. The lighting also plays a very important role here.
The interior design strategy for making a space feel homely is different based on the type of room in question. In the dining area, for example, an idea can be to have comfortable, upholstered chairs, a wooden table, an area rug or a carpet on the floor and warm and pleasant light directed above the table.
Wallpapered walls are known to give rooms a warm and comfortable appearance and to create a welcoming vibe and when you combine them with other homely design features the result can be quite wonderful.
Dark walls are surprisingly unpopular which is a bit unusual considering how successful they are at making spaces look and feel cozy. A great way to put an emphasis on this design feature is by complementing dark walls (or a single accent wall) with a white ceiling, light-colored flooring, warm wood accents and strategically-positioned accent lighting.
Like we mentioned before, materials, finishes, textures and colors are all very important when it comes to creating a certain type of ambiance and decor into a room. That’s why a soft and fluffy throw blanket can make the living room look extra welcoming or why area rugs are so important.
Another thing that has the ability to totally change the look and ambiance in a room is the curtain or set of curtains. For the bedroom, you want something dark which doesn’t let the light through but for the living room, something lighter is in order, something which doesn’t block the view entirely but offers privacy up to a certain degree.
Last but not least, the lighting. The type of fixture you choose for a room has to do with that space’s function but also with everything else involved in the decor. For example, for the dining room you might want a low-hanging chandelier or a set of pendant lamps which give out warm and subtle light without bringing too bright.