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Our home is a safe haven for us. It is here that we come to relax after a long day, seek comfort and shelter, gather together with family and friends and spend most of our time in.

A sense of home is all about perception and surrounding factors that cultivate a feeling of warmth, a sense of safety and personality no matter where you are living. Figuring out how to make your house a home is about finding how to make it cosy. Creating a space that is both inviting and enjoyable does not have to cost a fortune.

If you are looking to make your home feel cosier or if you are moving into a brand new space, these tips will make your space feel like…home.

Make use of warm colour to add some drama and richness

Every colour exudes a “mood” that helps you create a vibe you want for your space. Cool tone colours make a room feel larger and airier. Warm tone colours do the opposite – they make a room feel cosier and comfortable. Opt for wall colours with warm tones like red, peach, coral, gold and yellow. You could also include warmer versions of cool colours like olive, moss, orchid and violet-red. If you’re on a lookout for paint options, give Berger Paints Silk Glamor range a try. It gives your home walls a durable and glamorous finish and is available in unique colours, including metallic finishes in gold and silver that adds an aesthetic value even to the most boring wall in your house.

Add some greenery with fresh plants

Plants not only bring some life into a room but also make it more inviting and lively. Add indoor plants in unique planters and pots around the house. Incorporating some green will transform your apartment into a lush, rejuvenating space. Moreover, plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide and this not only freshens up the air but also eliminates harmful toxins. Indoor plants serve both practical and aesthetic purpose.

Personalise furniture and accents

Personalising the furniture around the house, especially if you have purchased most of your pieces from popular departmental stores and retailers will keep your space from feeling like something right out of a home décor catalogue, but more like your home. This will add a unique personality to your space and help create a cosy vibe.

Invest in soft textiles

Go for plush rugs and throws. Floor pillows, soft ottomans and benches are great to create a comfortable environment. Use some throws and blankets in coordinating patterns and stack them. Add an instant element of softness by layering your window curtains. Sheer curtains with opaque curtains or two opaque curtains in complementing patterns will instantly cosy up a room. Rugs are a great cosy addition to the home. Think of it as an artwork for your flooring. They soften and warm up rooms, a must-have to create a comfortable vibe.

Keep it clean

There is a good reason why the bed always feels the best when you are climbing into freshly washed sheets. It is extremely difficult to relax in a dirty or unclean room, especially if you have a lot of clutter lying around. If you are beginning to make your space more comfortable, you need to first make it clean and clutter-free. Regularly wash your sheets and towels, keep your floors clean and make your bed every morning.

Wall art

If your walls are plain, they might look drab and stark. Add some character and personality to your walls with artwork. If you do not want to invest in original artwork, prints are an easy and economical way to decorate your walls. Besides artworks, you can also hang mirrors, personal photographs and your children’s artwork. If you do not want to drill holes in your walls, opt for adhesive hooks. You can also add character to your home walls with Berger Easy Clean Stencils. Choose from themes like jungle safari, nature, sports or abstracts to channel your style, taste and personality. Or create a dramatic statement with a quirky wall. Berger Illusions range features unique finishes, including metallic, vintage and satin finish to give even the drabbest and dullest wall in your house a glamorous makeover!

Pay attention to the lighting

The lighting of a room is one of the most important factors that can elevate the mood in a room –something a lot of people tend to ignore. Bright lights are great for large gatherings and in dining and living rooms whereas light, warm and yellow lights are ideal for any space you want to create an intimate atmosphere in. Fairy lights can help make any space more cosy, comfortable and snug.

Fresh flowers

Flowers not only add to the beauty of your space but also make you happy. Arrange them in a pretty jar or a mason jar, use seasonal flowers in different colours and shapes to instantly bring some cheer and new life and energy to your space. Fresh flowers may seem like a splurge, but they can last a long time if you are diligent about changing the water and trimming the stems every few days.

Surround yourself with things you love

Be it your ceramics collection, dial-up phone from your grandmother’s house or license plate from your first car. Surround yourself with things that bring you joy, remind you of things, people or memories that you love and cherish.

Get your space to smell good

What you see is important, but what you smell is equally important. Pay attention to the kind of smells you like having around the house. Lemongrass is great to get rid of strong odours whilst lavender and white tea can help add a relaxing vibe. You can also create your own potpourri using dried flowers or coffee beans. Hoard candles and reed diffusers and display them in every corner of the house.

Last and the most important step, get cosy and snug in your home, grab your favourite book or magazine and a warm beverage for some well-deserved ‘me time’.

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