Top Decorating Tips to Help Your New Home Feel Welcoming and Cozy
Redecorating your home is a great way to start fresh and help yourself relax. If your home has been lacking in personality or feeling boring and lackluster lately, scroll down to find some tips to help you shake things up and make your new (or old) home feel welcoming and cozy!
Add Personal Touches
Adding personal touches can make your new home feel welcoming and cozy. Hang up pictures of you, your loved ones, and places you love. Creating a gallery wall is one fun way to display personal pictures in a unique way.
But not all your decorations have to be directly personal. Adding a few throw pillows, rugs, cushions, flowers, plants, and candles can help you settle into your home and add some personality.
Decide on a Color Scheme
Choosing a color scheme can be overwhelming, especially when there are thousands of colors to choose from! But don’t worry—start by imagining the mood you’d like to feel in your home. Do you want it to be light and airy, or more intimate and friendly? Dark and deep colors feel dramatic and cozy while light or neutral colors have a lighter, more sophisticated look. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors!
Painting the walls is not the only way to use color. Try throwing in pops of color with a colored vase, painting, area rug, or throw blanket.
Choose the Right Furniture
Choosing the right furniture is a great way to help your home feel welcoming. If you like to have friends and family over to visit at your house, choose furniture that can provide plenty of seating for all your loved ones. If you haven’t already, splurging a bit on a nice couch or chair can give you a great place to relax for a cozy night in. In order to make it last, make sure you care properly for wood furniture.
If you are on a tight budget and can’t buy all new furniture immediately, you can replace cushions and restain or repaint chairs to make them look new and fit into your new cozy atmosphere.
Add Good Lighting
Adding good lighting is a great way to make your home feel more welcoming and cozier. Many homes are improperly lighted with an abundance of overhead light, which results in a harsh, cold, and overly formal feel. Overhead light is not inherently bad, but it does need to be layered and combined with task lighting (pendant, under-cabinet, or reading) and accent lighting (table and wall). When lighting your home, aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet.
Floor and table lamps are a great way to add variety and warmth to the lighting in your home. You can also use lamps for their aesthetic qualities and add a different dimension of art to your home than just what you have hanging on the walls. Additionally, using several different lighting methods will allow you greater control over the mood in your home.
The Rule of Threes
Many artists and interior designers use what they call, “the rule of threes” when creating their art. Simply put, the rule of threes means that groups of three are naturally appealing to the human eye because they look more organic, natural, and balanced. Conversely, groups of even numbers often look mechanical and forced, which detracts from the welcoming atmosphere in your home.
Strive to observe the rule of threes when decorating and accessorizing your house. You could apply this rule in groupings of books, picture frames, furniture, and table decorations. Groups of five or seven also can look nice, if you are dealing with several objects at once. You should also try to create variety within these groupings by using different textures, shapes, and heights. Following this technique will help your house feel welcoming, cozy, and professionally decorated.
Artwork can be a great way to add personality to your home and help it feel welcoming and cozy. You can use artwork to bring unity to the color scheme in a room and tie together several disparate elements and make the room feel intentional. Don’t be afraid to experiment and hang non-traditional art on your walls. For example, if you have a favorite instrument like a guitar, you can hang it on the wall for easy storage as well as an interesting texture. You could also try using a shadow box to display memorabilia or collectibles in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
Keep it Clean
One of the best, simplest ways to help your home feel welcoming is to keep it clean. Clutter can make your home feel smaller and messier, and can distract from your ideal mood. You can reduce clutter by sorting through your personal belongings and furniture, and identifying which pieces you really need. You can make these decisions by asking yourself, “Do I need this? Do I use this? Do I love this?” The answers to these questions don’t have to be hard and fast rules, but they can serve as good guidelines to help you determine what you should keep and what you should donate or throw away. Decluttering and deep cleaning your house will make it feel much more welcoming.
Lastly, in all of your new decorating efforts, it is important to be intentional. Try to find purpose in each room, each decoration, and each furniture arrangement. Being intentional will help your entire house feel more purposeful and special, rather than just existing and taking up space without reason. Intentionally decorating your house can also be therapeutic. As you create your ideal atmosphere in your mind, it will show up in the physical spaces in your home.
Try these tips and tricks to help your new home feel welcoming and cozy. After adding personality through your decorations, artwork, lighting, and furniture, you will be surprised at how different your house feels, and you will like the change! Following these suggestions will help you create your dream home.
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