What happens when you move into a walled space you call a house? You want to make it a home. You want to create a place that shouts your personality and style and feel comfortable in it. It mustn’t be a showcase but somewhere you live comfortably.

One of the things you might want to do is bring as much light into your home as possible. Perhaps you’ve searched for “skylights Sydney”, or considered large double-glazed windows. Perhaps you want to bring a lot of cushioned furniture into it.

This article will discuss this and more in depth. Read further to discover the best tips for making your home a relaxing place.

Add Light

Any modern home is always filled with light from. Whether people install skylights or large windows, light is an expression of warmth, welcome and openness

Furthermore, light is required for modern computers and phone screens to be visible. As long as you can screen it off when it’s too strong, or too hot, light is always good news in a home.

Favourite Pieces of Furniture and Familiar Touches

Add some familiar touches. Photos, journals, favourite books. Perhaps you’ve a favourite footstool. Or a mirror from your grandmother. Include these personal pieces into your design. Whether you’re sentimental or not, it gives a home a personal feel.

Spaces Designed for Entertaining and Socialising

Spaces need to be designed for socialising and entertaining. Open spaces with lots of room, plenty of comfy chairs, and areas to play for the kids are inviting. Having a kitchen that’s accessible to a lot of people makes it the heart of the home.

You really need a space that’s friendly to running dogs and children, where there aren’t precious ornaments lying around waiting to be broken.


Decorating is a way of expressing your personality. You can either create your own paintings and sculptures, or you can buy ones for investment purposes—but they must suit your own style.

Even a bookshelf or personal treasures are there for you to display who you are. Photos are the most important aspect of a home, displaying all the family relationships. Some other options:

  • Seashells that have a story.
  • Tickets to a soccer game.
  • Fridge magnets from places you’ve been to.

Whatever you do, make the colours cohere. If you’re going for bright tones all over the house, in a Mexican style, then have at least one room which is calmer and more peaceful, but that fits in with the overall colour scheme. If you’re going for more muted tones, then add accent colours which add life and warmth to the home.

Make sure you have blankets and throws everywhere, and that they match the furniture in the room. It doesn’t have to be the same colour—it can simply match, or even be of the same colour family. Think of a sandy-coloured couch with duck-egg blue throw. How elegant, but still functional.

Have Your Own Bed, with Choice Coverings

Your own bed makes a house a home. Think of when you’re in a hotel. It’s just not home, is it? Especially since you haven’t picked out your very own bed coverings and lamps or side-tables.

Your bed coverings can be a duvet, a comforter or blankets. It will express your personal taste in very intimate ways. You obviously want to make it a cosy, relaxed and a private room, and there will be personal touches all over the room that convey this. But the bed remains the most important so spend some money getting it just as you like it.

Ensure Your Fridge is Stocked with Your Favourite Food

The fridge, once again, is one of the supreme expressions of home. If you’re into pickles and cheese, or a lot of yoghurt and fruit, make sure that you have your fridge well stocked.

Plants in the Home

Plants can never be over-emphasized. They add friendliness, harmony, oxygen, colour, and a natural feel to any room. If you have pets, you may want to limit them to the upper reaches, but your dogs or cats can even be trained to leave floor-based pot plants alone.

In fact, why not grow herbs or vegetables in sunny spots round the home? An extra splash of red, or the fresh smell of basil adds to the atmosphere.

Add a Fireplace

One of the best items to add to any home is a fireplace. Even in warm climes, you’ll have cold days, and there is nothing more fascinating than gathering around the fireplace for warmth and comfort. It can be difficult to clean, so just get a hearth that spruces up in no time.

Add a Barbeque/Pool Area

If you have a yard, add a barbeque area and pool. An outdoor relaxation area is important for memories and socialising, particularly around food. Also, being outdoors in the sun is healthy.


There is a lot that can be done to make a house a home. However, even small touches can add that homely feel, and make you feel comfortable in a space that’s truly yours. Why not try some of the tips today?

Jackson Martin

Jackson Martin, holding a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, has been a prominent figure in the home improvement sector for over 18 years. He joined our team in 2020, sharing his expertise in renovation techniques, sustainable building practices, and DIY projects. Jackson's previous experience includes working in residential construction management and as a home renovation consultant. He is an advocate for energy-efficient homes and enjoys participating in local marathon events.

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