In this article, we’re going to look at five small ways you can increase your feeling of being at home within your home, and creating a happier feeling associated with the property. You can have a homey feeling with these easy hacks.
1 – BAKE SOME BREAD (SMELLS HOMEY)
There’s nothing that feels more homely than the smell of things being baked in the oven and when it comes to coming home on a cold winter’s day, it can feel lovely to be greeted by the smell of bread or cakes baking in the oven. The great thing today is that with the invention of breadmakers, you can set it to come on at a particular time so that you have fresh bread waiting for you upon your arrival.
2 – PICTURES IN YOUR HOME
Putting up pictures in your home, of the people and places you love can make a huge difference to how connected with your home you feel. This is particularly true if you live alone.
3 – GET A PET
On the topic of living alone, there’s no greater company or at least more warm and loving company than a pet. Of course, different pets have different qualities but if you come home to a dog each day who greets you as if you have been gone for months when you actually just nipped out to the shop, it can make you feel a lot more like you are at home within your home.
4 – BUY A HOMEY, COZY RUG OR CARPET
Exposed wooden floor and tiles can be a really nice look, but there’s something that feels more homey about carpet – which is where Carpet to Go comes in, as you can pick from a variety of rugs and carpets to add a pop of color and sense of aesthetic coziness to your home.
5 – MOOD LIGHTING
When people talk about mood lighting, this tends to be focused around candles and soft hues of color generated by low voltage lamps, string lights, or Himalayan salt crystals.
6 – LAUNDRY DETERGENT
It might seem like a small thing, but the smell of your laundry detergent makes a huge difference in your feeling of home. Our olfactory sense (i.e. sense of smell) is one of the most potent ways to access memories and emotional states. This is the reason when you go to a travel agency they pump out the smell of coconut suntan lotion as this puts people in a receptive state to buying a holiday.
If you grew up with a particular brand of washing powder, then there’s a strong chance that brand will connect you with a sense of home – in the same way, that certain foods and perfumes will.
Indeed, on the topic of smell, it might be worth getting an air freshener that squirts out intermittent bursts of fragrance that conditions your brain to associate this smell with a state of “being at home”.
THE BOTTOM LINE ON HAVING THAT HOMEY FEELING
The reality is that your home is used for many different purposes and sometimes you need bright and intense light in order to concentrate or find what you are looking for, yet when it comes to feeling “at home” and unwinding after a day at work – turning the lights down low and opting for a more chilled out vibe is what most people prefer.
For this reason, it pays to invest in some scented candles, string lights, and soft warm lamps.