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There are many houses in the world. There are fewer homes. Even those houses that have been set up to resemble homes might not have the love in them that truly dictates a real home. A home is something that gives you support, encourages you, and the atmosphere of which permeates your personality. It’s something you rely on, something you love, something to cherish throughout all your days. If you have the ability to, ensuring your home is well sustained should be full priority.
But how should you do this? How can you differentiate a house from a home? Well, these following tips will help you do just that, and without spending a ridiculous amount of money making it a reality.
A great home has personality. A clinical house is plain. Minimalism is a perfectly valid form of home decors, and it doesn’t necessarily mean your home is without love. However, if you hope to make your home a truly welcoming place to be, never be afraid of imbuing it with things that represent the personality of your family. For example, if your child is somewhat of a sporting aficionado, why not consider hanging their hockey sticks in the corridor as a functional decoration? Why not consider doing this over the house with various implements?
For example, if you consider yourself to be a rather peaceful person into meditation and all that comes with it, then why not place cute wooden depictions of the Buddha on your mantelpiece? Why not hang up a tapestry to cover one of the walls? Why not even play around with LED lighting in novel places, or allow for a truly ambient composition of lights in rooms you hope to relax or entertain in?
It might even be that you choose to install items that give your home a little more vitality and life. It might be something that completely gives you home a little flavor that does the trick, such as installing a bar in your living room, or turning your garage into a games room. Functionality, utility and enjoyment are the three tenets that should dictate what defines your space as a home and not just a house.
There are many things that contribute to the atmosphere of your home. It’s not exactly along the same lines as personality, so we are separating the two. Atmosphere is more of a given feel that permeates the home that even a newcomer can latch onto, understanding the uniqueness of your space and how your family story plays out. For example, playing low volume music in various rooms around the household is a universally welcoming sign of fun, openness and acceptance.
Lighting also plays a large role in this. Dim lighting can be welcoming, but so can warm tones and how the light is projected in the room itself. How airy and open rooms are depends on your window positioning, the novelty of the lighting you install, and the color of the walls. Darker tones are of course going to limit the travel of light in a room, and vice versa. If you feel a room seems a little oppressive and you can’t quite put your finger on it, you might have to change a few of these items and see if it makes any difference. Also be sure to never overlight a room. In the day that is hard to do, but at night ambience is much better than an oppressively bright light. Subtlety and good taste is king, and we’re sure you have that in spades. However, if you are hoping for a little extra something, then this is a good place to start, even if that’s only in the form of a few large candles decorating a table.
Of course, a home is something that is stable, that all members of the family can rely on. For that reason, the undercurrent of financial affairs that keeps the house grounded and justified must be planned well. This might mean making correct decisions from week to week, like purchasing off-brand groceries to save a little money, or using a weighting website to compare gas and electricity to gain the best deal.
This will allow you to make the purchases that truly matter and bring each other together. It will also allow your home to be more functional and not too worried about overly expensive items. Many of us remember being mildly scolded as children for ‘getting too close to the china cupboard,’ or something similar to this. If your home isn’t functional or distrusting of your children, there might be something you need to take into account. With that in mind;
While knocking through walls and renovating might not be feasible or even desirable, it can be hard to deny the benefit of knocking through doors. For example, instead of doors, arches can sometimes provide a more natural method of moving from room to room. Unless you have pets or some other safety concern in your home, allowing more free access and visual passage from room to room (except the bedrooms and bathroom of course,) can gift you much more of a friendly and fluid atmosphere.
This is down to your taste after all, but if you find that your home feels a little separated, or you’re simply sick of opening that kitchen door every time you transition rooms, removing them completely couldn’t hurt.
Outdoor Presentation & Naming
The exterior of your home speaks just as much as your interior. Does your property welcome you and your friends alike upon heading to the front door? Is your path in order, and is your front door painted well and in good condition? Might you consider naming your home to give it more personality, which you can do by applying to your local authority? There are many things to take into account here, and sometimes this is the only thing that needs improvement. Upon making changes that merge the interior atmosphere with the outside welcome, you can be sure your home is a pleasant experience from the moment someone steps foot on your drive.
Your reward for taking care of this is living in a home that sustains you, rather than a house you feel isn’t quite yours.