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How to Make Your House into a Home: From Color to Scent

There’s a huge difference between a house and a home, and everyone wants that cozy feel after a long day. Here’s how to easily make your house into a home.

Having a house is one thing, but having a home evokes an entirely different feeling. If you don’t feel completely at ease when you come back home after a long day, or if your house just doesn’t feel like it’s yours, then it’s time to make some changes. Your house should be your refuge, and with these tips on how to make your house into a home, you can achieve that atmosphere.

Add touches of art

Bare walls are often the culprit behind dull, sterile spaces. To really bring in some life and personality, adding touches of art is the way to go. There are so many reasons to decorate your home with artwork, ranging from simply adding variety to bringing your personality to the forefront. Best of all, artwork is completely unique to you and your interests.

Use plants to bring life to a space

Plants add some lovely color as well as an element of life to help make your house feel more like a home. Taking care of a living thing will make you feel more responsible, and that responsibility will make you feel more tied to your house. Plants are an incredibly simple touch that will improve the way you feel every single day.

Incorporate your favorite color

The last thing you want is for your house to feel like it’s not even your own. Without personalized touches, though, that’s very likely to happen. That’s why something as simple as incorporating your favorite color into your décor is the perfect way to turn your house into a home. From hanging a colorful painting to painting an accent wall your favorite color, there’s no end to the ways in which you can splash your home with your hue of choice.

Hang pictures of family and friends

Few things can make your house into a home quite as effectively as adding pictures of your family and friends. These will act as physical reminders of all the people in your life who make it whole. By adding pictures of these people to your space, your home will feel cozier in no time at all. Be sure to pick out frames that speak to you as well. They should add a lovely touch of decoration to the space while displaying your loved ones as a constant reminder of happiness.

Use rugs for coziness and dimension

Nothing is worse than stepping onto a cold floor in bare feet. Bare floors don’t just feel unpleasant—they can also feel barren and forgotten. To avoid these problems entirely, make sure to use plenty of rugs. They’ll not only make day-to-day life more comfortable, but also add some interesting dimension to your rooms. To make your house feel like a home, it’s important that you include subtle touches such as these to improve your quality of life.

Light up some candles you love

Few things can bring us back to a particular moment or memory like scent can. Whether the smell of apples reminds you of childhood summers or the scent of pine reminds you of Christmas nights spent with family, every fragrance evokes something special. To bring that homey feel right into your house, burn some candles with your favorite scents each night. Doing so will help you relax, and you can start to associate those beloved smells with your own home.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food.