Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home. No matter the size of your home or your bank account, you can find ways to make your house feel more like a home. When a guest walks in, you want them to see a reflection of you, not just four walls and some furniture. There are several different tools you can use to show the love you have for your home.
Photographs are probably the easiest and most popular way to make home look loved. Set up a collection of black and white photos of “way back when” to give the feeling of family connection. You can use large canvas prints to frame a window and show off your beautiful children or wedding photos. There are many photo websites where you can order poster sized prints. Just find a great frame for them, and they can have the same effect as the canvas. Another neat thing to do is have a photo wall. This can be a wall in your living area or entryway, or even in a hallway. Basically, frame photos of all sizes and shapes and arrange them in an interesting way from the top to bottom of the wall. This is a really beautiful way to give guests a look at your family’s timeline, and the feeling of love that is in your home.
You can tell how much a home is loved simply by walking in the door. When you see warm inviting colors and furniture, you know this is where a person’s heart is. By simply taking the time to find furniture that reflects your personal style can make all the difference in how your home is perceived. If you are an old fashioned person with mod black furniture, it will probably look out of place, and maybe as if you did not even pick it out. Try to look for things that compliment your personality. It will make a world of difference in how your home looks.
An often overlooked element of any home is the floor. You sweep and vacuum, and mop and scrub, but you give little thought about what the floors say about your home. By simply adding a little area rug in your kitchen or living area, one that reflects the room’s ambiance, you are showing that you even love the floors in your home enough to dress them. The area rug is a simple, elegant addition to your home that will not only cover trouble areas, but show those who enter that you have interest in all aspects of your home
This may seem obvious, but a clean house is a happy house. While you should not worry if your kitchen chairs are pushed in, or if you have swept today, there are some things that are simply unacceptable if you want your home to look loved. It is best not to have junk piled high in your living areas, or mud and filth on the floors. If you have animals, make sure you clean up their messes right away. A sink full of dirty dishes or old food lying about is a sure sign that you do not love your home. And chances are if you do not love your home, no one else is going to love coming there either.