The majority of us home decor enthusiasts dream of living in the perfect place. But often, it takes time to get there. Be it because you’re still saving up to call a house your own, or because you just moved out from your parents’, not even knowing where in the world you want to live. And although we can all adapt these universal tips, this post mainly targets those who still live ‘somewhere’ – struggling to make this (temporary) place a home. And by making it a home, I mean feeling welcomed when you walk in the front door.
The good thing is, there are simple ways to create a welcoming atmosphere, even in the tiniest dorm or most outdated furnished apartment. Why do I know? I moved about twenty times in my life. And I had it all – the shared room (and bathroom), the tiny apartment, the budget flat. But I always had these little tricks at hand to instantly make any of these places feel like home.
5 Simple Ideas to Make *Any* Place a Home
- Make it smell nice.
- Light some candles.
- Arrange fresh flowers.
- Get a cozy blanket.
- Add a framed photo.
No. 1: Make It Smell Nice
When entering a place I’ve never been to before, I always ask myself, do I like how it smells in here? This may sound a bit odd, but our nose has a significant influence on whether we love something (or someone) or not. The answer to this question isn’t always yes. That’s why I always take a scented candle or room spray with me when traveling. Especially when renting an apartment for our vacation. Making a place smell pleasant has always been one of my favorite tricks.
No. 2: Light Some Candles
Candlelight, for me, is instant coziness. Nothing else can create a charming atmosphere so quickly as candles. They don’t cost much, but definitely help you make any place a home. Put the candles in beautiful glasses, in different sizes if you like, to add visual interest (and safety).
No. 3: Arrange Fresh Flowers
Adding a splash of color can always help to create a more welcoming ambiance. So, invest in some freshly cut flowers from time to time. I’ve made it a habit to buy a bunch of my favorite flowers every week. And I cherish having them in my space. Fresh flowers are one of these little luxuries that make life so enjoyable.
Not a fan of cut flowers? Get a potted plant instead. There are so many to choose from, in any size. And you’ll also find easy-to-care-for plants that will, for instance, even survive if there isn’t much light in your place.
No. 4: Get a Cozy Blanket
A snuggly blanket can not only hug you when you need it. It can also cover the imperfections of the bed, sofa, or chair you throw it over. Get it in a color and fabric you love. When you have some money to spend, this is the item to invest in. Because a high-quality blanket instantly adds style and sophistication to an otherwise less appealing space.
No. 5: Add a Framed Photo
Yes, I know. Today it’s all about digital photos. However, nothing can make you feel more at home than a framed picture of someone you love. When I first moved out, for instance, I took a photo of my mum with me. It’s a chic black and white photo of her in her twenties in a beautiful frame. Every time I moved to another place, I took with me, just like taking a piece of home with me. My mum’s photo always reminded me that she also made her way as a young woman. This just to inspire you. Of course, you could also get a print from your favorite piece of art or whatever feels right for you. The key is that it’s loaded with positive emotions.
And there you have it, five simple ideas to make any place a home.
More Tips and Inspirations
The tips above will work a lot better in a nicely organized and clutter-free environment. So, when this is still something you struggle with, these articles may give you a bit of a boost:
- The KonMari Method: All You Need to Know + Printable Guide
- Home Decluttering a la Marie Kondo: Lessons Learned
And when you’re ready to take your place to the next level, get some inspirations on how to create a beautiful home:
- The 4 ‘Secrets’ to a Beautifully Curated Home
- Make Your Space Unique: 5 Home Decor Shopping Rules to Follow
But don’t rush into it! I’d always recommend you invest in quality rather than quantity, take it slow, and be very selective:
- Home Accessories: Buy Less and Better
- How to Become a Mindful Shopper
- 7 Reasons Why Choosing Quality over Quantity Is Always a Good Idea
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