After each work day, are you happy or sad to be home? If you’re sad, we have a problem. Your home should be a place you want to be, not a place where you’re depressed. A home is usually defined as not something physical, but where your family and the people you care about are. But if you can’t have that, there are some things you can do to create a space you love and feel comfortable in anyway.
1) Plants. Whether it’s flowers or an easy-to-care-for spider plant, place them next to your bed, on the dining table, or in the middle of your living room for a beautiful accent. Tip: skip the fake flowers and buy fresh $5 flowers from your local farmer’s market. Or try a DIY succulent windowsill garden.
2) Picture frames. I’ve long been a fan of the minimalist lifestyle (living with less), but that doesn’t mean your walls have to be completely empty. Instead of hanging up every picture you own, pick a few of your favorites and add character to them with new frames. I like West Elm, Six Trees, and World Market.
3) Give your walls personality. If you have a lot of dark furniture, this is your chance to brighten things up. Choose light colors, such as beige, eggshell white, or even a Coos Bay blue. Landlord won’t give you permission? Buy a removable wall decal.
4) Play up your senses. Candles instantly change the mood of a room. They’re an inexpensive, easy, and evocative way to create a certain ambience. Check out Bed Bath & Beyond’s selection of holiday-themed candles.
5) Change the little things. Buy new drawer pulls for your kitchen cupboards, buy scented shelf liners, change the dining room table cloth, or change your shower curtain. Sometimes it’s the small things that make such a noticeable difference.
The key to getting that “I actually like my home” feeling is thinking of what makes you happy and incorporating that into your décor choices. You don’t have to make all of these changes at once, just pick one or two to start with and work your way up.