It does not matter how small or big your house is. Whether you live in a studio apartment or a mansion, you want your house to feel like a home. This is where you can let your guard down and feel at peace and safe.
Turning your house into a happy place does not require a considerable budget. Living with the people you love (whether that means living solo or living with a whole clan) and having good food and a comfortable bed is the best basics of a happy home.
Yet there are other ways you can elevate your home and turn it into a tiny haven where you can forget about the worries of your day and find your inner stillness. The following are five ways to take your living space to another level.
Live like your version of a minimalist
The idea behind minimalism is to live and purchase only the things you need and serve a purpose in your life. Often, minimalist aesthetics are pictured as bare rooms with barely any furniture and no color except for a bit of cream or grey. While the traditional minimalist aesthetic is an attractive option for some people, it is not everyone’s favorite mode of design, and it does not have to be. You can enjoy the benefits of minimalism’s mantras while still decorating your home the way you like.
Decorating your house with your version of minimalism entails embellishing it the way you like it and using pieces that bring joy to your life or remind you of someone you love. It is about using things that bring quality and familiarity to your home without adding an added burden to your lifestyle. So if you dread dusting, avoid decorating with too much clutter, but if you are keen on cooking, then investing in that 12-piece cooking set might be the right choice for you. Having stacks of books all over your home is a good idea if you are an avid reader, while a bare room maybe your idea of a peaceful home if order brings you peace.
Create an optimal home temperature
Everyone has their ideal temperature, and while we cannot control the temperature in the office or the street, you have a say when it comes to your house. The recommended temperature for a home is 68 degrees Fahrenheit but if this does not work for you, then play around with different settings until you find what works for you. For optimal heating and cooling, try an air deflector that redirects the air coming from the HVAC vents.
A scent can trigger an involuntary memory and take you back to a childhood memory and other pleasant moments in your life. Scents can trigger different moods, so your house must smell like a happy place. Different scents trigger different emotions in people, so it is good to understand which smell makes you happy and those that don’t. Traditionally, citrus scents like oranges and lemons can brighten and energize you, while lavender and rose are soothing scents. Clary sage is excellent when going through a stressful and anxious time, while chocolate can trigger euphoric feelings.
Buy comfortable furniture
Choosing a piece of furniture because it has Instagram potential is not the way to make decor decisions. No matter how much space you have, your furniture must be comfortable, not just stylish. When shopping for couches and chairs, try the pieces first and be aware of how your body feels when sitting down. These pieces will greet you at the end of a long day, so they must feel like your kind of comfort.
Make room for natural light
Comfortable furniture is critical, but the natural light in your home is more so than that. As the indoor
generation, we spend a significant amount of time indoors, away from sunlight. Yet, natural light is critical for our mental well-being. Research shows how natural light triggers the body to release serotonin and vitamin D levels, which are essential to help us experience proper rest and regulate our mood.
You may not have a villa with floor-to-ceiling windows, but you can still work with whatever windows your home is armed with. If you have a small window, make sure the curtains are light. Open the curtains as much as you can and keep the windows open when the sun is out so your home can be flooded with natural light.
Ultimately, you can make your home a happy place by infusing it with your personality and the things that inspire you and bring you joy. For some, that means having a spotless house, while for others, a little clutter means life is pulsating through every corner of the house. It can take a sleepy cat on your windowsill to feel like home or a dog barking when you walk in the door.