A house is a structure that protects its inhabitants from the elements. It is a unit of dwelling like an apartment, a mobile home, or a condo.  But what makes a house a home? A home tells a story about the people who live in it. How they decide to decorate, furnish, and incorporate their own personal style is what turns a house into a home. Make your house a home with these decorating ideas.

Your Walls

The designs and colors that you choose for the walls in your home have a huge impact on the overall feel of the room. You should choose what best reflects your interests and personal design preferences. Painting rooms while you have small children running around can be stressful, consider hiring a qualified professional to get your painting project finished fast.

What can you do to your walls, especially if you have a very tall wall in the middle of a stairway that is the focal point of anyone using your stairs? How about creating a collection of framed photos of your family over the years, including special and memorable times? You can be creative and include photos and frames of different sizes and shapes or even include a little color.

Wallpaper has some advantages over paint. It can cover up damaged or flawed walls, unite awkward angles, and soften rough features. It also comes in many variations of textures, patterns, and colors for you to choose from. You certainly can install your own wallpaper, however, be sure to check out some DIY sites to get tips and tricks and be sure to avoid some common wallpaper mistakes, like measuring incorrectly, choosing the wrong material, or not priming your walls.

Painting your walls will give your home a fresh, new, and clean look. By choosing colors that you like you are adding your personality to your home. There are actually psychological effects of colors that impact behaviors, moods, and feelings. The colors you choose can affect or change your outlook:

  • If you want to make a small room look larger choose white or light colors.
  • Bright colors make a room more vibrant and fun.

Accent walls are flexible, popular, and can be used in any room of your home. Think boldly and outside of the box to make your accent wall unique and personal. You can use bright bold colors, stripes, textures, or special finishes. The possibilities are endless.


Nothing says more about you and your interests than things you collect because they are important to you. Rather than hide your collections in a closet, drawer, or storage unit, put them on display on a shelf, table, or counter and make them the focus of a room.


Lighting is not only functional, but it can also transform the look and feel of a room. If you have ever been in a room with no windows then you understand how lighting can make you feel about the size of the room you are in. Rooms with windows just feel larger because of the natural light coming through during the day. You can get the same effect with lighting fixtures or lamps. If you have a favorite lamp or one passed down to you by a loved one, you will not be only adding light to your room but also adding a personal touch.

Lighting can also affect your mood. Have you noticed that the lighting is different in fast food restaurants than it is in the more expensive restaurants? Fast food restaurants have bright lights while more expensive restaurants use dimmer lighting because they want you to stay longer. Think about the olden days when people went to work when the sun rose and there was light. When the sunset and there was no more light, it meant that it was time to stop working and go to sleep. Our bodies create more melatonin when there is no light. Melatonin is a hormone that makes us sleepy. When deciding on how to light each of the rooms in your home, make your decision based on how you want to feel in each room.

No matter what the structure is of your house, incorporating your own personal style and interests will help you create a home that is the right fit for you. It does not take much money. It takes creativity and authenticity and it will be worth it as you look at your house and be able to truly call it home.



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