|Have you been dreaming of having a home you absolutely love to come home to, but are worried about the price tag that can accompany the purchase of trendy home furnishings and decor items? Making a home you love to spend time in, and bring your friends and family around to, doesn't have to break the bank!
In this article, we'll explore three creative (and budget-friendly) ways to make a home you love. Whether you have lived in your current home for awhile, or you're a new home buyer looking to create a new and unique space to call your own, this article will help you create a space you can feel both relaxed in and proud to call your home.
3 Creative Ways to Make a Home You Love
I know you're excited to get started, but before we dive into these three creative ways to make a home you love, let's set the scene! Imagine you have walked into one of the rooms of your home (or future home) and the walls are bare, but most of the main furnishings in the room are set just the way you like it.
Regardless of the room you're currently picturing, these strategies will work for most of them (okay, maybe not a bathroom as much). For the sake of this article, let's now turn our focus to a living room space.. a place that is used perhaps most often in a home and that is large enough for you to really make your mark. Picturing it? Okay, great!
Whether you're in Canada and looking for condos for sale in Winnipeg, or wanting to update your current living quarters, these three creative tips will help you create a home you will love to spend time in, either enjoying the calming surroundings on your own, or with loved ones (including your furry friends).
1. Breath Air Into Your Room with Greenery
Plants are a great way to brighten up a room and provide a splash of colour, as well as create a natural filter for the air in your home. Whether you pick out flowering varieties, green leafy options, or fresh-scented herbs that you can actually pick and eat during meals, you can easily bring in a bit of nature into any space in your home.
To keep it budget-friendly, wait for a sale at your local greenery or fruit stand so that you can get the best deal on your new plants. Also consider choosing unique pots to house your plants, which can add some personality to your room. The options are really endless and only limited by your own creativity, so don't hold back!
"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace." ~ May Sarton
There are so many variety of plants to choose from, and if you don't have the best green thumb around like me, there are also some great plastic options. Check your local dollar or hardware store for some low cost deals, or an online buy-and-sell marketplace to find post-wedding plastic flowers that can actually look very realistic!
If you're feeling even more adventurous, you can also grow your own plants or flowers from seed. It's fascinating watching them grow, and can provide you with a sense of pride to watch as your plants expand and fill the space with natural tones.
2. Create Inviting Areas to Sit + Socialize
There are so many different ways of furnishing a room so that you will look forward to coming home and sitting down to relax on your own or socialize with loved ones. When you're deciding on the furniture and arrangement of your room, be sure to keep in mind the functionality of any furniture or items in the room.
For example, having multiple spots to sit or lounge on can encourage your guests to hang out and feel as comfortable as if it was their own home. Even though a couch might look comfortable, make sure you visualize sitting on this piece of furniture for hours.. if you feel like it might not fit your ideal comfort needs, move on to the next!
Creating a comfortable space to socialize doesn't have to cost a lot, and if you wait for blow-out sales or purchase floor models, this can really keep your costs low. Some other options include over-sized pillows, trendy bean bag chairs, a super comfortable rug, or do-it-yourself furniture options, like creating your own bench and covering it with foam and fabric from your local fabric store or online.
3. Save Money + Print Your Own Wall Art
The internet has become a wonderful place to discover creative (and free or low-cost) options for wall art, which can add a unique touch to a stark, white wall. Whether you frame your favourite quote, or a visually pleasing scene, having wall art can be a fantastic way of creating a space and home you love.
If you already have some photo frames in your home that are waiting to be filled, awesome! If not, head to your local dollar or craft store to find some great deals. Another awesome place to look for used frames is the thrift store! I have found some awesome deals on picture frames that look brand new at my local charity shop.
A few of my own favourite places to print or order wall art:
If you are a creative individual, you might also consider creating your own wall art using digital or more traditional means (water colour paint, stenciling, drawing). How awesome would it be to come home to a framed piece of your own art hanging on the wall! If you're not the most creative, but have a friend who is an artist, consider purchasing some of their art to display.. not only will you make your friends day, it will be a great excuse to have a gathering in your new and improved space to celebrate your friends talent!
Creating a space and home you love is more than just appealing decor and funiture. Having the space to feel safe enough to close your eyes and truly feel like you can unwind can also improve your mental health.
The importance of having a space to relax cannot be understated, especially in a world that is as busy and fast-paced as our own. To define relaxation, Herbert Benson from Harvard Medical School comes to mind, as he said: "the relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress and the opposite of the fight or flight response".
Once you have your space set up just the way you like it, don't forget to sit and enjoy it, before rushing off to your next project or room in the house. You deserve to put your feet up and relax!
Hopefully you can gain some inspiration from the tips in this article to be creative in your own abode in order to make a home that you truly love and feel able to ease the tensions or stress from your daily life in order to truly feel relaxed.
Feel free to share any changes you have made to your own home, or any other creative ways of making a home you love, in the comments below!
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