3 Ways to Feel Great About Coming Home

By Care2 Guest Blogger Kathryn Thompson

“Home is where the heart is”; “an Englishman’s home is his castle.” These clichés are popular for a reason: we all want to ensure the houses we live in look as nice as possible, and are filled with the possessions that reflect our unique personalities. After a long day at work, we want to feel great about coming home.

While we might have similar tastes with friends in terms of interior design, furniture or specific manufacturers of electrical appliances, having the extra home details that reflect our personality is what makes our home feel special. When you first move into a property, it can feel very strange, especially if it’s a rented flat that has been furnished by the landlord. So what do you do to make it feel like “your home”? Add some of your own touches, of course.

Decorating is one of the best ways of sprinkling a touch of “you” on your home. It’s also important to get rid of the outdated styles that may have been there since you moved in or that you may have outgrown. That Power Rangers wallpaper in the kids’ bedroom? Might not be so relevant when your kids turn 15. If it doesn’t reflect your current state of mind, consider getting rid of it.

One great tip for giving your home a new lease of life is to update the flooring. You might have the original wooden floorboards that have been there since the house was built, or at least since you moved in, and they’re starting to wear just through age. Installing oak flooring is a great option because it offers both durability and style. You don’t necessarily have to get professionals to lay it for you, either. If you’re a bit of a DIY whizz, there are numerous flooring tools you can get to help lay your new floor and bring it back to life.

Another option is to put up new mirrors around your home. The reflections given off don’t just let you check your hair and make-up, but actually project extra light into the room and can even make it seem much larger.

If there’s one room in your home that always seems dark no matter what you try – new lighting, getting lighter furniture or changing the wallpaper every few months – then think about the actual colors, not the styles you go for. Lighter, neutral colors such as white or cream can provide extra light and give off the perception of increased space.

This article was written by Kathryn Thompson, a freelance writer and mother with a passion for home decor and improvement!

For more information on color, see our Feng Shui Home Color Guide and 11 Home Energy Enhancers.




PJ Chartrand
PJ C4 years ago

I think just ripping out your floor without seeing if it can be refinished is the direct opposite to what I believe Care2 stands for.

Years ago when I volunteered at a soup kitchen one of the little elderly men was so excited that he'd gotten a room. With a lock on the door, a bed with sheets, and two plates, two blankets, two forks etc, he was getting a home for the first time in decades. You set out to help others but my time with him taught me so much about what home is and when I had to downsize to this tiny house after my husband let to be his own true self, a good thing, I was still thrilled to have this little place, a home of my own with a lock on the door but still too much stuff.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

I love coming home---my 10 kitties are always waiting by the door greeting me with their wagging tails-purrs and head butts! Nothing better than that...thanks

Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 4 years ago

I always feel good returning home :) Thank you.

Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago


Mary T.
Mary T4 years ago

thanks for the ideas

Marija Mohoric
Marija M4 years ago

I like to go out, so I am happy to come back home

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

my kitty is my fave part of being home :)

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you, for Sharing this!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Gloria H.
Gloria H4 years ago

get a pet! They are always happy to see you...even if it isn't feeding time. Getting rid of a grumpy spouse also helps. Furbabies much nicer to have.