Posted on: 1 May 2018
Congratulations! You've done it! You have officially achieved the epitome of responsibility--owning your own home. By any standard, you are now an adult. With the giddy feelings of accomplishment and the proud self-congratulation, however, you may experience a sinking dread as the moving van drives away, and you're left staring at the bare husk of this house which is now yours to command. As you take in the dreary, impersonal state of this new living situation of yours, you may begin to realize that a house and a home are two very different things.
So how can you make your house a home? Here are four ideas to help you get started.
Let in lots of light. There have been a plethora of studies which have shown that better lighting correlates with distinctly better mood. One study, in particular, conducted by members of the Swedish Department of Environmental Psychology, School of Architecture, declares that there needs to be a perfect balance of light in order for us to be our most positive selves. If there is too little light, optimism is proven to decrease. So add lamps! Open windows! Construct a skylight! Do anything and everything you can to let some more light in.
Make it comfortable. Today's fashions seem to all be streamlined, sleek, modern, and minimalist. Sofas are replaced with sturdy benches. Many comforts are discarded. Of course, there's nothing wrong with this sort of style, but be sure that your furnishings and layout are comfortable for you, personally, and for the people you may have visiting your home. If you wake up every morning in a work of modern art, it may be very difficult for you to feel at home. However, if you remember the classic phrase "home is where the heart is," and design your space accordingly, you will feel like you are exactly where you belong.
Plant a garden. Taking ownership of your home includes taking ownership of your yard. There is an infinite array of possibilities before you! Do you want vegetables? Trees? Flowers? How about a rose garden? A pond? Have you always wanted a raspberry bush you can plunder at your own will and pleasure whenever you need a tangy ice cream topping? Planting a garden is one of the most satisfying, rewarding endeavors any homeowner can pursue. What's more, you'll also be saving energy and helping the planet!
Personalize it. Your home is yours. Make sure it looks and feels that way! Pictures and paintings on the wall can give your guests a glimpse into your inner psyche. Exterior window shutters can proudly proclaim to all who pass by, "Welcome! This is a place of belonging. Come on in." Carefully chosen rugs can enchant your friends, making them feel like they are walking on sunshine.
Remember, however, that this home is for you. Pictures on a wall can remind you of sweet memories. Exterior window shutters can reassure you that this is your space and that you are in control of it. Carefully chosen rugs can entice you to sprawl out on your floor for an entire afternoon with a good book. Why go outside when all the best things are right here with you at home?Share