What makes a house a home? Perhaps the familiar smells of your favorite dinner baking in the oven, your ideal paint colors throughout the home, your heirloom artwork gracing the walls, or your creative window treatments accenting your décor.
Home is the place where we put down our roots, establish family traditions, and make priceless memories that last a lifetime. It’s worth every bit of the investment of time and resources to transition a sterile space into a personalized home to love and enjoy.
Home is a refuge, a place to refuel, recreate and rest. The atmosphere of a home is influenced by what our five senses encounter: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. A variety of elements soothe our senses and combine to create the place we call home. Here are 5 elements that will help you transform your house into a home:
Even if we’ve chosen the ultimate wall colors, walls without focal points can feel uninteresting and barren. So, upon move-in, once we place furniture where it belongs, it’s time to hang some artwork to enjoy in each room. Hang familiar pieces from your past where appropriate. Then find some new gems to bring fresh beauty to your new spaces.
It’s easy to hang artwork by following simple guidelines: hang each picture so the center of it is at eye level, and use a level to verify that it is parallel to the floor and ceiling lines of your wall. Keep in mind, the hardware used for each piece of art depends on the weight of the picture and the type of wall upon which it is hung.
There’s nothing like coming home and turning on your favorite music for relaxation and rejuvenation. Music also enhances the atmosphere when entertaining in the home. Music is one of the top 5 things that are most pleasurable to people, so it will definitely help transform a house into a home. Music reduces stress and increases happiness, so grab your favorite playlist, turn up your favorite tunes, and begin to feel at home in your new dwelling.
Diffusing essential oils in the home can bring a cozy, comforting vibe to the atmosphere. These powerful oils are known to reduce stress, promote healthy sleep, increase energy levels, improve brain function, and boost immunity. How’s that for a healthy home smell! Essential oils are safe, environmentally friendly ways to clean and disinfect your home as well.
Bringing soothing smells into your house will quickly help it feel like home: peppermint’s cool smell energizes, lavender’s warm tones help you prepare to sleep, and lemon’s lifting smell accompanies its amazing ability to clean and disinfect. So indulge your olfactory sense of smell with some healthy, delicious scents of essential oils, and you’ll be well on your way to making your house a home.
Each family gathers around food for refreshment, fellowship, and fun. Baking your favorite meals early on will help bring the familiar tastes to you and your family and make you feel at home in your new abode. In spite of the fact that moving takes a lot of time and effort, build in the priceless opportunity to eat together and enjoy your favorite casserole or slow-cooked recipe. What could be easier than firing up the Crock-Pot for the day as you settle into your new home? While you unpack and organize, your favorite meal silently simmers in preparation for a rewarding delicious meal at the end of a fresh new day in a new home.
There’s nothing like textured rugs, pillows, and throw blankets to bring personality and accents to your new rooms. The softness of a fur-covered pillow and the coziness of a down-filled throw bring an inviting warmth to your spaces. And there’s nothing like winding down with a relaxing warm bath in your spa-like bathroom after a long day at work. Organic cotton sheets and bedding provide homey comfort in which to enjoy revitalizing sleep.
A house becomes a home when you add the personal touches you love and then fill your home with the people you enjoy.
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