What makes a house homely?
Meta4 · 18/12/2011 19:19
Arrgghh. This frustrates me so much.
My house just doesn't feel homely to me, and I just can't put my finger on why.
So what makes a house homely - and what doesn't?!
PigletJohn · 18/12/2011 19:22
A contented cat
people that aren't arguing
people that love each other
not too brightly lit
not too much new stuff
smell of cooking
Akiram · 18/12/2011 19:24
Hmm I don't know. People say things like books, pictures, etc etc but I know that my last home never felt homely even with all that. No matter what I did it didn't change the feel of it. The house I live in now felt homely from day 1. We haven't got any new furniture and it isn't decorated to our taste but it has a totally different feel to it. Even friends comment on how homely it is.
Sorry that wasn't much help was it
discrete · 18/12/2011 19:26
A wood stove.
Smell of nice food cooking.
PeppaPigandGeorge · 18/12/2011 19:27
My house didn't feel homely until I re-arranged the living room furniture. Nothing new, just moved, made a massive difference.
Actually, that isn't true - I bought new lamps and I think they helped a lot.
Akiram · 18/12/2011 19:27
I think Piglet has a very good point. Lighting can make all the difference.
mistressploppy · 18/12/2011 19:30
I think the right level of tidiness/untidiness is key. Too pristine and it feels show-homey (to me) and too messy and it feels sordid and unloved.
And lighting, like Piglet says.
And having ticking clocks and radios on in the background
fannybanjo · 18/12/2011 19:30
Lamps, cushions, rugs, photos of family, warm colours, furniture not pushed against walls is very important in rooms where you have too much space. Flowers, not too much clutter but not clinical. Lots of pillows on beds, throws. Mirrors. Candles.
Get0rf · 18/12/2011 19:31
I would say lamps at below waist height as opposed to ceiling lights.
It is all very personal though isn't it. I have has this conversation with my (much loved) MIL. She thinks her house is homely - but to me it has too much clutter and furniture. She thinks that my house is spartan because of the lack of curtains, carpets and soft furnishings, but to me it is very cosy.
sweetboysmum · 18/12/2011 19:34
I'm beginning to think some colour on the walls makes a difference. We moved in to this place in a hurry and had it all painted pale cream. Apart from one wall it's still the same 3 years later. My neighbours have the same house, high ceilings etc, and there house is cosy and has some colour. Ours is a bit cold and clinical.
BastardDog · 18/12/2011 19:36
Clean, but not totally tidy.
For a house to be a home, not everything in it should be new and pristine.
Happy, contented occupants.
fannybanjo · 18/12/2011 19:40
Children playing with toys is what makes my house a home. Nothing lovelier than sitting on couch and watching them play nicely with jigsaws or their Sylvanian families.
DillyTinsel · 18/12/2011 19:41
My house has laminate and I hate it! So unhomely. Lamps are important.
Get0rf · 18/12/2011 19:42
I would disagree with a lot of these!
My idea of homely
Clean and uncluttered. No shit or ornaments or stuff.
No cushions. I think they look messy.
Books on shelves.
Lots of space, half empty rooms look cosier to me than ones full of furniture.
FriedSprout · 18/12/2011 19:46
Lots of different textures in furnishings, some stuff on display that has been home-made by you and/or the kids and green plants that are healthy. Also soft bulbs in lamps.
PigletJohn · 18/12/2011 19:47
I think we can all agree that shit does not help.
Get0rf · 18/12/2011 19:51
ok then piglet I will change my 'shit' for 'bric-a-brac'
teacoupons · 18/12/2011 20:07
Colour makes a huge difference. Since painting the kitchen a rich forest green with red accents it feels much more warm in there whereas before it often seemed a sterile environment.
Lighting is a big one to me. I like lamps and clear fairy lights but I'm not a fan of ceiling lights.
Rugs, photos, scented candles, the smell of baking, pets, throws, scatter cushions - things you like to personalise the space can often help.
fannybanjo · 18/12/2011 20:19
My cushions NEVER look messy!
Alouisee · 18/12/2011 20:26
I think that the flow is key to having a good feel in a home. Taking photographs of the rooms and layouts and looking at them rather than the room itself helps with placement.
lambethlil · 18/12/2011 20:36
Not central lighting- ie side lamps. Real smells- cooking, fire- not air fresheners.
cantpooinpeace · 18/12/2011 20:38
Framed lovely photos of precious people/moments.
The right temperature.
In winter a fire/wood burner.
A settee that looks comfy & is comfy.
The smell of a hearty meal cooking.
A full coat rack!
Curb appeal - still love the look of my house each time I pull onto the drive <double fronted like the pictures I used to draw as a child>
exoticfruits · 18/12/2011 20:38
Pictures, photographs, lots of books, indications that people have interests and hobbies and not ones where the carpet comes before people!
Also Christmas cards at this time of year, not where people don't put them up because 'it spoils their decorations'!
sarahfreck · 19/12/2011 13:32
Books and plants make things more warm and lived in I think.
HughBastard · 19/12/2011 13:33
Bonsoir · 19/12/2011 13:34
Being clean and tidy.
Having comfortable furnishings: soft sofas, deep armchairs, thick rugs etc. Materials with depth and texture. There is nothing less homely than lots of hard surfaces, especially synthetic surfaces.
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