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Chic & Cheap Tips to Making Your Home More Inviting

Staff Post

Posted on August 20 2018

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Truth be told, everyone wants to have a beautiful home or at least wants to turn theirs into a dream house. Whether it's a small bungalow type apartment or a huge manor, we want it to be our very own castle where we can relax after a long day and wow visitors with how organised and pleasing our homes are to the eyes.

But what about the budget? Is it really possible to turn your place into an inviting, Instagrammable-haven without hurting your pocket?


If you think your home isn't Pinterest-worthy, then you should really think again! With unique DIY home project ideas, you can successfully transform a regular house into a unique haven that shows your personality.

We've scouted the best home organisation tips and DIY home upgrades that don't require much skill, and most importantly inexpensive and easy but can undoubtedly upscale your place and make it feel more inviting.

Let’s begin!

The walls have meanings

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Upscale your walls if you want to add personality to your home. Plain and empty walls tell nothing whilst paintings, photographs and unique ornaments can give your space "individuality" and can change your mood for the better (or worst). So step into your living room and figure out the kind of mood it gives you. Do you want to keep things bright and cheerful, laid-back and cosy, or minimalist and clean? Give your imagination a room to breathe and let your personality come out and you'll find the perfect way to style your space.

The importance of mood-enhancing colour palette

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Most of us, if not all, believe that the colours we pick can actually affect our emotions - like a lot! For instance, wearing an egg yolk yellow tee during a stormy day can somehow give you that sunny vibe and instant lift despite the gloomy weather. The same thing goes when choosing colours for your room. Although it doesn't mean that everything in the room should be in this color, it's important to figure out which hues you'd like to stand out thus giving your decors, accents, and furniture their hero moments. When you're able to choose the right colours, your place will not just look more intentional but will get your guest gushing and admiring the attention to detail as well.

Sounds intimidating? Maybe. Some colours, especially in large amounts, might have the opposite effect on you, your family, and visitors. Besides, too many colour combinations can make your space look cluttered or busy.

The fix? Use colour psychology.  

For example, red raises a room’s energy level and can pump the adrenaline like no other hue. It is a good choice if you want to stir up some fun and excitement, particularly at night. In the dining room or living area, red draws people together and encourages conversation and can create a strong first impression in an entryway.

On the other hand, blue is considered serene and relaxing, which is ideal for bedrooms and bathrooms. If you want to go up a notch, lance pastel-blue rooms, especially in those relaxation areas with warmer shades of blue like turquoise and periwinkle for the furnishings and textures to make it look inviting. This will leave your guests feeling welcomed.

Take time to smell the... room

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One of the very first things your visitors will notice upon stepping into a room is the smell. A DIY home project idea you can try is making your own air fresheners. Try the following all-natural air fresheners and without fail give your home a pleasant smell that can easily set the vibe of the space.

Honey Lavender Lemon

What you need:
  • 2-3 lemons, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 ounce lavender essential oil

Procedure: (Stovetop method of scent diffusion)

  1. Place the jar into a pot of water and simmer on the stove at a low temperature. Make sure to check the pot and the jar regularly and refill with water as needed.
  1. You can disperse the all-natural pleasant smell throughout the house once the jar begins steaming. Just carefully remove it from the pot and place it on a windowsill. You can also reheat and refill it with water as necessary.

Yummy Gummy Bear Gel Candle

This one can easily become your favourite, I swear!

What you need:

  • Mason jars with lids
  • Small saucer/pot
  • A measuring cup
  • Gummy Bears
  • 2 unflavored gelatine packets
  • Essential oil/warming oil
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 drops of food colouring

To get the full procedure, click here.

Lights, please!

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When it comes to making your place an inviting haven, setting the mood is very important. Make sure to have lighting options other than your usual overhead lights as they tend to be overpowering. Enhance your space with lamps or string lights to create a warm, cosy, and softer atmosphere.

Plants & Textures

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Another inexpensive home upgrade is to add more life to your space with live plants! Deck your living area with succulents or flowers. Keep the good vibes coming with potted plants or you can even add some fresh-cut fronds and leaves.

Don't forget to add textures. Use rugs, pillows, and blankets to make your room feel more homely. Fluffy floor pillows and poufs are a great way to snuggle up and add more seating for guests.

There you have it! Try those mentioned DIY home projects ideas and make your home the best place on earth (even with a small budget).

How do you improve your home without spending too much? We'd love to know. Feel free to drop your tips in the comment section below.