Magazines and artistic websites are filled with home decorating ideas. The issue is that many of the ideas really do not feel homey. There are many modern looks that are not kid-friendly, and often, what is kid-friendly is really not magazine-worthy.
What can you do to spruce up your home without a total makeover? Here are a few simple and affordable ideas that can be incorporated into any home.
- Fresh Flowers
Whether it is a bouquet or a few hanging pots in front of the house, fresh flowers always fill a home with love and beauty.
A fresh bouquet can be a gift from a loved one or even a loving gift to yourself. Depending on the season, you can go to the local farmers market and pick out a bouquet, or you can pick up some self-love with flowers from your local flower shop. You can place them in a vase to enjoy throughout the week.
You can also hang some potted plants or add some flowers around your home’s entryway. These floral touches will remind you of the beauty of the home you are blessed enough to live in, every time you walk in the door.
- New Coat of Paint
Nothing adds a little life to a room like a fresh coat of paint. You can change the environment with a simple shade change. You can liven the room up with a brighter shade, or you can calm things down with a pale pastel.
Whatever your style calls for, a new paint shade is an inexpensive and influential way to personalize a living space. It may take a day’s worth of work, but the result will positively influence a room for years to come.
- Family Pictures
Have you ever walked into someone’s home where there are no photos anywhere? It is a little depressing. Walking into a home with only artwork and signs on the walls can make even visitors feel lonely, not to mention the person living there.
To turn your living space into a home, you need to bring in everyone who brings joy to your life. This can be accomplished by hanging up more photos all throughout your home.
Don’t be afraid to go crazy and hang up family and friend pictures all over. Do not limit yourself to the “perfect family portrait” either. Fill your walls with pictures that are so genuine that they pull you into the moment. Put out photos that make you smile when you see them, even if they’re photos that guests do not understand.
- Remnants of Happy Memories
If you are married, it is always fun to have a few remnants from your wedding day, whether it is a picture, a sign, or a centerpiece. It can even be your garter draped over a wedding picture frame. Sweet memories should be gathered and displayed so when you come home, you can reminisce on why you love your home so much.
These can also be collectables from a vacation you loved. Maybe you traveled to wine country and brought back a beautiful embroidered wineglass. You can place the photo of you and your girlfriends in or behind the glass as a “toast” to that memory. Something tangible along with the visual photo will bring the memory to life.
These are just a few ways to liven up your living space and make it feel like home. You definitely do not need a whole makeover or expensive renovations to make your house feel homier. You can make the positive changes throughout your living space yourself and add some more love into your home without thinning your wallet too much.