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If you’ve just moved in to a new house or condo apartment it could take a few days to a few months before it feels like home.  It’s normal as we try to unpack from all the boxes, buy furniture to fill the rooms and even just the organization of everything until it starts to feel like your own space.  

family home interior
Interior of home with neutral off white paint, bookshelves, sofas

This feeling of not feeling at home can be especially true for those moving into a rental apartment as it is additionally harder to make it your own when you know you’re not going to be there forever. 

We have a few budget friendly decorating ideas to help you create that cozy home sweet home feeling no matter where you move into or for how long you stay. 

How To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

Each of us decorates according to our own individual personality to create that unique ambiance to make it feel homey.  By adding a few inexpensive personal touches you’ll have your space feeling like a home in no time. 

The following are a few ideas on how to create your cozy home retreat you look forward to being in each and every day.

Hang Art and Pictures

Adding art or pictures of family or your favourite vacation photos can instantly create that lived in feeling and gives you that mood booster of happiness as you start making the space your own. 

Add Some Natural Greenery  

An instant pop of colour to any room can be achieved by simply adding some green plants as the natural foliage will brighten up any room in an instant. 

Real natural plants have intense colours in them and they are especially good as they help to purify the air. 

If natural plants is not something you can do for reasons such as the lack of the green thumb, or the lack of natural lighting in your apartment, condo or house then opt for the dried flowers and pop them into vases around the rooms. 


As you unpack from the moving boxes start putting things in their place from the start.  This gives you the control of where things go and creates that satisfying feeling of everything being in its own place and no clutter will loom.

Paint The Walls

Whether you are moving into a rental unit condo apartment or into a new house painting the walls is a fast and inexpensive way to make it feel like home.

There are shades of paint colours that can help create that feeling of comfort and relaxation and even help make a small room look bigger.  Add a splash of colour by painting a focal accent wall to define the living and dining room areas especially for open concept living spaces.

Personalize every room using your own colour personality as a guide to create a stress free calming colour palette.  Decorating with neutral paint colours typically tend to provide a soothing and relaxing feeling to any home décor.

It starts from the moment you walk through your front door and into your homes hallway entrance and foyer that you get that relaxing feeling that you are finally in your own sanctuary of tranquility.

The calm soothing paint colours that leave you with that feeling of  home sweet home from the moment you walk through the front door.

When Is A House A Home

Personalizing your house with your own memories created with family and friends is what makes it a home.

A house is simply a box that holds the memories while a home is where the memories are made.

Choosing to paint the interior or to maintain the exterior of your home starts with painting the front doors to add that instant curb appeal to making that house your home.

If painting your space is not a DIY painting project you are wanting to take on invest in hiring a professional painting company near you.

Obtain a consultation from an expert on colours, and get a painting estimate from reliable Ottawa House Painters to compare with other painting companies offering the quality painting services  your home deserves. 


Ready To Make That House Your Home

We’re here to help you get the best painting results your home deserves.  Let’s get started with the transformation. 


This post was originally published on Mar 16, 2015 and updated on Jan 26, 2022.