Affordable decorating hints which can make your home more cozy and warm
Whether you are just moving into a new house or simply want to make your home more personal, there are always some easy and budget-friendly ways to start something new and change the whole feel of the house or a flat with clever decorating tactics. Use your own sensibility as an ultimate guide and you will be surprised by how much little things can transform your home into a place you can connect with.
How cozy is too cozy
Even though your goal is to make your home cozy and warm, some details can serve this purpose a little too well. For example, it is true that sofa and chair covers will make any room warmer but if placed in a living room, they can make you and your guests feel drowsy and overly comfortable which can hinder nice conversation and other activities.
The amount of light in rooms and its distribution can significantly influence the atmosphere and the ambient of the whole place. Therefore, it is best to use lamps and LED lights in all corners of the rooms for a rounded and well-lit look. Lights of medium strength are recommended while strong, overly bright and “white” lights should be avoided.
Hanging random pictures and art on your walls is perfectly fine but nothing can really replace the personal touch that photos of your loved ones can provide. Therefore, putting the photographs of your friends, family and even pets in nice frames and placing them on the wall in certain pattern can vastly contribute to the hominess and rich life of the home.
Nothing can make the rooms in the house or flat look more uniformed and warm than a nice rug. The best thing about rugs is that they can show off your personal style and individuality. Moreover, matching the rug with furniture and curtains can end up being that one thing that you felt has been missing for a complete image of a relaxing and familiar environment. Even small rugs can make everything interesting if placed strategically considering the furniture layout.
When it comes to curtains, you can choose between various colors, patterns and sizes. The options are more than great so you really do not have any excuse to leave your windows “bare” and thus miss out on the important link that makes a home warm and cozy. What’s more, long curtains can keep the desired room temperature for longer so these can help you cut your electricity bill a bit as well.
In order to add some much necessary warmth to your home, find a perfect wallpaper print, especially if your furniture is plain and you do not like having many decorative accessories around. They will not only add structure to your rooms and compensate the lack of other details, but will also be easier to clean and provide the “new and fresh” look longer than regular painted walls.
Carefull with trinkets
It is great to have a lot of little bits and pieces that remind you of some unforgettable moments in your life, but think carefully whether you really need to include everything that holds some kind of memory as a display in your home. Sometimes, too many decorations can create the feeling of overstuffed room and chaos which will reflect negatively on the whole ambient of the home. Therefore, it is best to use only the most important things that match well with the general theme in your décor.
If you want to avoid getting the feeling of a cold and distant place when you enter your home, do not treat it like a place for sleeping only. Your own attitude towards your home is the first thing that will influence the general feeling and atmosphere the home has and, of course, your will to put some effort into changing the appearance of your home to suit your tastes and personality more.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.