What to do if your house doesn't feel like home

Author: Harmony Sense Interiors Ltd. |

A couple in the kitchen.

Usually, when you just move in, a house doesn't feel like home until you add a little bit of personality to it. However, even if you have lived in your house for years, you can reach a point where it simply doesn't feel right.

But don't take it as a desperate situation - it doesn't mean you should start packing and looking for a new place. With a little bit of creativity, your house can quickly feel like home again. In this article, we'll present several easy home improvements and tips which will help you bring back the homey feel.


Take a look around your home. Does it seem cluttered and messy? Do you have too many things lying around, and you don't use half of them?

To bring back the glow and feel your home used to have, think about decluttering as a first step. Not only will you refresh your living space, but you will also feel much better.

A woman decluttering her clothes.
Decluttering is an excellent way to start giving back the homey feel to your living space.

The golden rule of decluttering is to sort things into three piles:

  • Hold on to items that you regularly use and that you really need.
  • Get rid of stuff that is stained, broken, or no longer can be used.
  • Give or donate possessions that are still usable, but you don't need anymore.

If you are having a hard time letting go of some things but don't have space to keep them in your home, storage opens many options for all different uses, so you might want to consider renting a storage unit.


If your house is too blank, it may feel empty and lonely. It will lack coziness and naturally, you won't really wish to spend much time there.

There is a very simple way to change this - add decorations! By decorating your home with little things you love, you'll give it personality and charm. Details enhance the overall impression of the room. Plus, they can influence your mood and even productivity.

Photos and artwork

The easiest way to instantly warm up your home is to hang photos or artwork. This is especially true if you just moved into your new house and you're still getting used to the transition. Seeing happy photos of you and your family in your old place can feel really comforting.

Adding a photo wall can really help if a house doesn't feel like home.
By adding photos and artwork, your house will feel cozier and more inviting.

Art can influence your mood in a very positive way. Simply looking at art can reduce stress. Adding art will help infuse your interests and individual personality into your living space. The more you're surrounded by things you love and that make you feel good, the more your house will feel like home.

Green up the place

Another good way to increase the home feel in your house is to add plants. As well as art, they can positively influence our mood and relieve stress.

Inviting nature to your house is one of the easiest ways to increase the home feel. The best part about it is that many plants don't require much care and attention but can enrich your living space.


Do you feel you are dissatisfied with the overall feel of your home, no matter how many thighs to try to update? If that is the case, you might need to make a more significant change and think about renovating.

When you think about renovation and remodeling, the first thing that comes to mind is the enormous costs. However, there are plenty of cheap and low-budget ways to spruce it up. Remodeling doesn't always have to mean taking things down and starting from scratch. Even fixing up one room can make a difference and completely alter the impression of your home.

A modern grey and white living room.
To give your place a new look and a homey feel, you don't have to do a complete renovation. You can simply try rearranging the furniture and achieve the effect you wanted.

Reposition your furniture

If your house doesn't feel like home, sometimes you can find solutions in the most simple changes. There are many ways that don't require you to hire an interior designer.

For example, you can simply shuffle your furniture and make a room look completely different. By rearranging your pieces, you can completely change the style and feel of a room. And the best part about it - it's entirely free. You can even count lifting and shifting as exercise!

Therefore, take a good look around, think about what kind of shifting you can do, and go for it. If you don't like the result, you can always return it to the way it was before.

Change the color

Another thing you can try and, at the same time, turn into a fun activity for the entire family is to paint the walls. When you think about it, a room's color is a part of your everyday life. It strongly affects your mood and energy, while on the other hand, it's an expression of your personality.

If you are concerned your house doesn't feel like home, changing the colors of the walls might be the change you're looking for. For example, if you think your living room is not giving out a good vibe, try coloring it green or lavender purple. The green color relieves stress, while lavender gives your bedroom a relaxing quality.

Move to a new place

If you believe that remodeling won't do the trick and that your current house can't give you the home feel you're looking for, you should consider moving. Make sure you seriously think and wage all the options because moving is a very stressful process.

A realtor putting a sold sign on a house
Sometimes, no matter how much you try, you can't return the home feel to your house and it simply doesn't feel right anymore.

But before you decide to take this step, you need to be sure that your new home will give you something your old one can't. Otherwise, you'd be moving in vain, and you would end up unhappy. Therefore, if your house doesn’t feel like home, buying a new one should be your last resort.

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