How to Make Your House Feel More like a Home

No matter what your design style, these clever decorating tricks will give your house the warm, cozy feeling of home.


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Check out all the ways you can make your home more beautiful with the home decorating advice in these videos.

You Will Need

  • Vintage fabric
  • Mix of styles
  • Printed wallpaper or curtains
  • Bold fabric in a mix of textures
  • Quirky accent pieces
  • Curtains, pillows, an area rug, and comfortable furniture
  • Plants and flowers (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Use vintage fabric

    Use vintage fabric to create cozy accessories. One vintage curtain panel can yield up to three 20-inch square pillows to accessorize your bedroom.

  2. Use the vintage fabric on the front of the pillow and buy new, coordinating fabric for the back to save yardage.

  3. Step 2

    Mix furniture

    Mix furniture styles and centuries. Group heirloom antiques with newer pieces for a relaxed, lived-in feeling. Or simply add antique accent pieces, like antique flower prints on the wall.

  4. Refresh matching vintage or antique pieces by reupholstering in modern fabrics. It will still feel lived in but look fresher and newer.

  5. Step 3

    Try print walls

    Try an elegant, timeless print on the walls or curtains of a guest bedroom or bathroom, like a toile print. It adds a coziness and a touch of whimsy.

  6. Step 4

    Choose strong fabrics

    Choose a strong fabric for the main furniture pieces and design the rest of the room around it. Bold colors or graphic prints instantly add a homey feel. Mix textures to add warmth and interest.

  7. Step 5

    Add quirky accents

    Add quirky accents, such as homemade drawings, paintings, sculpture, or an odd lighting fixture. Use your own special touch to make a unique impression.

  8. Plants and flowers add an earthy touch to any home.

  9. Step 6

    Warm up a room

    Warm up any room with long curtains, big pillows or cushions, a plush area rug, and comfortable furniture to make everyone feel right at home.

  10. According to a 2008 National Association of Home Builders study, home buyers spent an average of $5,288 on furnishings during the first year after buying a home.