Whether you're moving into your first home or moving from one house to another, transferring your life and belongings into a new house is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on a space that is new to you.
One of the biggest tasks is to make your house feel like a home, and this can take time as you settle into the space and tailor it to suit your style and needs. However, there are some effective tactics that can accelerate the process, and as moving house is already a costly process, here are 5 ways to make a house a home on a budget:
1. Utilise leftover paint
If you did a paint job in your previous home, you might have cans of excess paint leftover. Put this paint to use by selecting a few walls that you can personalise. Don't worry about having enough to fill a whole room. Instead, paint a feature wall or chimney breast as this can still instantly add a touch of personality to a room.
Check out our guide on how to introduce bold colours into your house.
2. Photo displays
It's time to bring out the old photo collection and put it to use! Framing photos and displaying them around the house is a brilliant way of making a house feel like a home, and it also makes use of the photos that are wasting away in a box somewhere! Affordable and simple photo frames can be easily sourced from many online retailers, particularly if you're looking to buy a few. If you already have old photo frames lying around, even better - style an eclectic mix of frames!
As well as dotting these photos throughout the house, you could also create a collage of framed photos on a selected wall. Architectural Digest has produced a great inspirational guide on various displays for your family photos, if you need some ideas! Filling walls immediately makes a home feel more homey.
3. Increase those comfort levels
Picture: our Christchurch rug
Comfort plays a huge role in making a house feel more like home. Empty and uncomfortable spaces can make a house feel unwelcoming and cold. The answer? Every comfortable furnishing you can imagine! Throws and cushions are an obvious and easy home improvement that don't have to cost you an arm and a leg. If you already have cushions, get them on display and layer them on your sofas, chairs, and beds. Alternatively, do some bargain hunting online and find some cheap and stylish cushions and throws.
On your quest to find out how to make a house a home, it's important not to overlook your flooring. Rugs are easy home improvements that not only look great, but also introduce a lot of comfort and can transform a house into a wonderful and welcoming home. At Rug Traders, we're all about finding and sourcing quality and stylish rugs that we can offer at brilliant and competitive prices. Take a look at our wonderful collection to see if there's a style that could make your house into the home you desire.
4. Ambient lighting
The lighting within a house is extremely influential to the vibe, comfort, and homey feel that it portrays. Some lighting is more homey than others, as some lighting can appear harsh or cold, such as ceiling spotlights or lighting with a blue hue. To change this without having to install new lights and fixtures, budget home improvements can be in the form of affordable fairly lights and candles. These are fantastic at creating a wonderful warm glow and helping to make your house feel welcoming and cosy.
5. Introduce life into your space
House plants have firmly planted their roots into current home trends, with them becoming even more popular during the warm summer months. Vibrant green leaves and bright flowers instantly inject colour and life into a house, helping to make a space feel inviting and fresh.
Don't worry, you don't have to splash the cash to achieve this - with a little browsing and shopping around, you'll be able to find some affordable house plants! Have a browse in your local garden centres and look online to find plants that will suit your house. Alternatively, faux-plants are not only easy to maintain, but generally more affordable too!
Hopefully, this post has given you inspiration on how to make a house a home easily and budget-friendly. Check out our Instagram for visual inspiration on creating a homey space and to see our rugs in beautiful room settings!