How to make your house a home

How to make your house a home

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A house or a flat truly becomes a home once it reflects the personality, style, and comfort of the people who live in it. Turning a house into a warm and inviting home involves a combination of thoughtful decor, proper lighting, elements of nature, personal touches and sentimental items, and careful consideration of the perfect flooring. We’ll suggest ways to create a space that truly feels like home, as well as ensuring it works for your needs and lifestyle.

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Making a house a home

Choosing a colour scheme

Forget about painting everything magnolia just so it’s easier to sell in the future, or because it’s inoffensive to future tenants. If you feel your home’s too cold and impersonal, then go as bold as you dare. Pick your favourite shade, then paint or wallpaper your walls in that colour! If you’re renting, you can introduce your favourite colour through furniture or portable items like textiles or artwork to create that cosy ambience. For further inspiration, we’ve created a series of lookbooks where we combine colours and textures so you can get an idea of a completely styled room. Or check out our Ideas Hub for plenty of inspiration, including tips on how to add colour to your home.


Select furniture that suits your lifestyle and preferences. Mix and match different styles to create a unique and eclectic look. Once again, the only person you need to please is yourself.

Artwork and accessories

Hang artwork and display any item that holds sentimental value or reflect your interests. These personal touches add character to your space.


Incorporate soft furnishings, such as curtains, rugs or throws to add texture, warmth, and a sense of comfort.

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How to make a house a home with lighting

Lighting can set a mood and it pays a vital role in creating a welcoming atmosphere in your home. Why not try the following?

Maximise natural light

Keep windows clean and unobstructed by furniture. Use sheer curtains or blinds that allow light to filter through while still maintaining privacy.

Think about layered lighting

Combine ambient, task, and accent lighting to create a layered effect. Install overhead fixtures, table lamps, and wall sconces to provide different lighting options, and think about dimmer switches if appropriate. For more inspiration on choosing the right lighting for your home, head on over to our guide.

Light some candles

 You can’t beat the soft glowing and flickering of a candle to create a cosy and intimate atmosphere, especially in the evenings. Just make sure you don’t leave them unattended when you go to bed or leave the room.

Making your house a home – finishing touches

To truly make a house feel like a home, you may want to think about the following:

  • Display family photos: You’ve probably a thousand pictures on your phone that you don’t look at. Why not print some out and create a gallery wall, full of nostalgia and connection?
  • Collections and souvenirs: Find a reminder of a cherished holiday or display the many items from your hobby. Everything tells a story and will make your home unique
  • Indoor plants: We can’t speak highly enough of the importance of plants and flowers in the home to add beauty and freshness, as well as creating a sense of tranquillity and well-being. We’ve listed the top 10 hard to kill houseplants here if you need some inspiration.
  • Customised items: Now, this tip isn’t for everyone, but one of the ways to make your house a home and create a truly personal space is to have items with your name or initials on them!  We’re thinking about monogrammed towels, personalised doormats, or engraved decor pieces.
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Flooring to make a house a home

Flooring creates the foundation for your home and has a significant impact on its overall look and feel. Tapi has plenty of options to choose from:  

  • Laminate: Laminate flooring offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional floorboards. It mimics the look of natural wood, and is available in various styles and finishes, so it works in every room in the house.
  • Carpet:  Carpet provides warmth, comfort, and sound insulation. It is an excellent choice for bedrooms or cosy living areas.
  • Vinyl: Not just for kitchens or bathrooms, vinyl flooring offers versatility, durability, and a wide range of designs. It can mimic the appearance of wood, ceramic, or stone while being budget-friendly.

Transforming your house into a home with Tapi

We hope we’ve given you some great ideas to turn your house into a home, by incorporating your unique style, considering lighting options, adding personal touches, and selecting the perfect flooring. If you’re ready to create a space that not only reflects your personality but also provides a warm and inviting atmosphere, we’re here to help. Go online and order up to three free samples of our carpet or smooth flooring and we’ll pop them in the post to you. Or drop by your local store and have a chat with one of our friendly floorologists.

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Published: 23-06-2023