Making It Shine: How To Decorate Your House

By: John Garcia | Date Posted: May 12, 2022

How To Decorate Your House

Having a home to care for and fill with items of comfort and beauty is a wonderful blessing. This being said, it involves a lot of work and tons of decisions which can leave you feeling a little lost or confused from time to time. The following will explore a few things you can do to help improve the look and feel of your home, emphasizing things that can cultivate positive, welcome feelings and contribute to a polished look.

Address Lighting First

Before you dive into decorative changes, you want to first give your attention to the lighting in your home. Lighting can have a huge impact on how nice things look and feel; bad lighting can make any home look unappealing, and good lighting can make less desirous things less unappealing. Foremost, take a look at the windows you have. Give them a nice clean and find window coverings that allow you to let in as much healthy, vitamin-d-filled natural light as possible during the day. You can increase the reach of the sun’s light by placing mirrors opposite windows or hanging sun catchers.

Once the natural light has been maximized, take a look at your lightbulbs. Believe it or not, there are many shades of lightbulbs that come in, and this can impact the look and feel of your space. Brighter, whiter lights can help create a fresh, clean feeling, but if they’re too hardcore, they can result in a clinical sensation to your space. Softer, warmer lights can cultivate feelings of coziness and comfort. Depending on the aesthetic you are interested in, your preferences will be different. Whatever you choose, fresh lightbulbs can brighten and enliven a space in a lovely way. For bonus points, you can seek out energy-efficient bulbs which will cut down on your utilities. As a side note, if you have any areas you want to fill with indoor plants, you can find yourself some bulbs that provide the type of light plants thrive on at your local hardware store.

Go Green

Speaking of plants, many people are aware of the visual beauty that they provide, but not many people understand the way plants change the experience of space on a scientific level. Houseplants help clean the air in your home of toxins, making it easier to breathe comfortably; they also oxygenate the air, which produces feelings of calm, creativity, focus, and comfort. Plants are one of the fastest ways to radically alter how it feels to be within your home.

Front Door Focus

When you first arrive home, you pass through the front door. This is also the space that most people will see. Take some time to choose a front door that feels right to you; paint it a color you love, and enjoy the refreshing sensation of walking through a doorway you adore on the regular. Symbolically the door represents your passage from your outdoor life where you need to act a certain way and your home life, where you can relax and be a more authentic version of yourself. You can amplify this feeling by having a landing strip area right inside the door where coats, shoes, keys, phones, and other items are stored. It can include a closed container for holding mail, so you don’t have to worry about outdoor mess scattering itself throughout the home. This can make keeping things clean way easier.

Don’t Forget The Outside

When it comes to decorating a home, one of the most impactful areas to work with is the outside. Curbside appeal is a huge component of your property’s value and, as such, should never be neglected. Rethinking your siding or seeking exterior house painting can create a whole new fresh feeling for your home. If you’re doing this work yourself, be sure to use appropriate safety precautions when climbing ladders. Anything you’re uncomfortable handling should be left to the professionals.

Build Rooms Around Statement Pieces

When you’re just beginning to decorate a home, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities. One way to simplify the process is to work with statement pieces. This means selecting the focal point of a given room and getting that just right before adding other elements that match. In the bedroom, this is typically the bed. In the living room, the couch, a fireplace, or a large rug. In the dining room, this is usually the table.

Build Rooms Around Statement Pieces

Don’t Sacrifice Function

A beautiful home is, of course, what you’re aiming for, but if you don’t take more than aesthetics in mind, you might regret it later. Be honest about your household and how they use space. If you have a toddler with crayons that wreak havoc, maybe you don’t want a white couch—as pretty as it is now, you might not like it so much when it’s coated in greenish stains. Consider your pet’s fur color and texture when selecting carpets and other upholstered items. White fur sticks out on dark brown chairs. Focusing on how easy it will be to maintain a choice can help you make the tougher design decisions. After all, you want your home to be a place of comfort, right? How comfortable will it be if it’s a constant reminder of all sorts of cleaning and maintenance tasks that need to be done?

Understand Colour Psychology

One thing that not enough people do when they’re redecorating is thought about the psychological impact of colors. Each color and shade has an effect on the human mind, and not all of these effects are what you want to be feeling in your home. Before making big color choices related to walls, flooring, or statement pieces, do a quick search online for how that particular color influences people.

Run Major Renovations By A Real Estate Agent

When you’re decorating, it’s easy to get swept up in the wonder of creating the exact space you want. This being said, it’s a good idea to run bigger changes past a real estate agent as they will be able to tell you if an alteration will negatively impact the value of your home or not. It might surprise you to know that there are a lot of renovations that make selling a home harder.

The above list should help you decorate your home in a way that creates feelings of comfort. Your home can be that place that no one wants to leave once they arrive if you take the time to understand a little bit about how a person’s environment affects their mindset and emotions.

Thank you for reading!


John is the founder and chief editor of Homienjoy. With over 15 years of experience in the home improvement industry, John is passionate about helping homeowners confidently tackle their projects. Holding a civil engineering degree and working as a contractor, project manager, and consultant, John brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Homienjoy community.

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