With most of us spending more time then before inside. Feeling good about your home – and being happy in your home, is even more important then before.
Not only do I believe it is good to keep a mindful well being both physically and emotionally. But I also believe that visually styling your home in the way that provides you happiness, can also lead to new possibilities for your future.
With that I have refreshed my 10 Simple things for a happier home list that I wrote last year. With guidance of my 10 tips, I hope that you will feel inspired to uncover what it is with your home that will make you feel happy and fulfilled.
What I have prepared for you here is:
- A list of 10 simple tips that I do to make my home a happier home
- Guided questions to help you to uncover what a happy home means to you
Do you want decoration tips without spending a dime?
Some of the tips that I have collected that works for me, might involve purchasing some new things. But to be real, purchasing new things might not mean that you get a happier home. Do an inventory of what you have at home today.
Use what you have. Re-arrange. Highlight inspiring happy objects and DIY .
Use your creativity!
Home is your place to feel good in
Decorate A Happier Home List
#1 Make your bed
No matter how tired I am, I try to make sure to make the bed in the morning.
There is a magical feeling leaving your bedroom in the morning in an organised manner and also going to bed in a bed that has been organised.
#2 Fresh flowers in the kitchen
A bouquet of fresh flowers is the thing that motivates me to keep my kitchen clean during a busy week. I always place it in a vase on the kitchen table and I am still amazed how inspiring fresh flowers are to me.
It brings in a bit of extra life in to our home.
A tip here is
Source your local cheapest place for flowers as some fresh flowers can really become a budget burden. After this, make sure you change the water plenty during the week for it to stay fresh longer.
For an even better tips, during summer months – and where it is legal – pick up your fresh bouquet of flowers from the forest (or if you are lucky from your own garden).
#3 Plants and more Plants
Green plants around the house helps me to de-stress and also breaks up a very stark modern interior setting. I am crazy about easy to care for plants that can handle all sorts of light situation.
I especially love the cactus and the mother in law tongue as they are easy to maintain. They also deal well with the humidity which I have plenty of since I live on a small island in the Mediterranean.
A tip here is
If you are on a budget, go for just one or two plants in your home that you create a focal point around.
Style the plant by placing it in a nice basket. Or why not paint a terracotta pot with your favorite color (cheap option).
#4 Organised home
An organised home means a clean and clear mind they say and I must agree on this. A cluttered space, can easily become over bearing and stressful. And I do feel that this step is even more important now, as we are spending longer hours indoors.
To help you with keeping your spaces organized, there are plenty of methods out there. I am thinking of trying the Marie Kondo method. So far, I have listened to her book but haven’t got to clean and sort by category yet, as she suggests.
Any one tried it yet?
#5 Display your family’s porcelain
If you have some memorable porcelain from your family, then displaying them in the kitchen is a good idea. To me, it brings in a story into the kitchen and motivates me to cook well. It also makes me feel connected to my family, which gives me happiness.
#6 Framed art on the wall
Decorating the walls with beautiful graphical prints, paintings and photography is what completes a space and paints your unique story.
We are into photography and having our own abstract and artistic photos around the house brings in an extra sentimental factor and makes me happy to look at.
A tip here is
Look for stunning photos and graphics in magazines and books, like we did for our gallery wall below. Also collect scraps of papers that has sentimental value to you – create a photo collage with them.
#7 Nice soap dispensers
Having nice soap dispensers is everyday luxury or vardagslyx like my family in Sweden says. Why not splurging a little bit extra on something that you use and see on a daily basis, like the soap dispensers in your bathroom.
A tip here is
Check out your local budget friendly container store. Or go for a more luxury brand for you and then top it up.
#8 Comfortable pillows
Investing in a set of comfortable pillows for your bed makes the whole difference. I just realized how important this was for my sleep last year and I am from now on making sure that I am prioritizing my sleep happiness with investing in a set of comfortable pillows.
#9 Linen bed sheets
So great on the skin and so cool during hot months – linen bed sheets really makes me happy. The organic look combined with the functionality of it makes at least one set of linen bed sheets a must for any one.
Ample of storage makes an organized and happy home much easier to maintain. A tips here is to have hidden storage in furniture for easy hiding of things that is not needed for display. This together with units or baskets can easily help a messy home to stay more organized. An organized home is a happy home.
A tip here is
Know what you have stored away. And before storing know you actually should keep those items. Or they will just become clutter even though they are stored away.
What ideas do you have to make your home a happier place to be in?
How to identify what makes you happy in your home?
On a piece of paper…
- List down all items in your home that makes you happy
- List down colors that you feel happy when you surround yourself around them
- List down all key phrases that you think of when you think of a happy home
Combine all those in to a Mood board over at Pinterest. And after that, start making the changes in your own home. Focus on the changes that you can easily make today.
I hope this Happy home List with decoration tips will come useful to you.
I would also recommend you to read my decoration tips around how to think when creating your home as your sanctuary. As well as the tips I shared on how you can get a home that inspires creativity. And if you still want more interior and home decor inspiration then I can recommend checking out my curated interior design books list.
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I am Caroline, an ex interior design consultant, turned into a content creator, 30+ something Swedish born with an insane passion and interest for design, blogging, and living a meaningful and creative life. Design to me is about creating a (your) story – it is about understanding what matters and how to create something unique and meaningful which speaks and motivates you.