Lisa Holliday Studio

Top 5 tips to make your house a home.

Lisa Holliday Studio Gallery_Country sitting room, geometric rug, cushions, embroidered cushions

A home takes time to evolve, and it can be hard to know exactly what is missing from a room when ‘it just doesn’t feel quite right’. Today I am going to give you my 5 top tips for making a room feel cosy, homely and above all else, personal to you.

Top 5 tips to make your house a home - Lighting

1. Lighting – One of the easiest ways to create a cosy atmosphere in a room. Rather than relying on overhead lighting which can feel harsh – have a variety of lamps that can be turned on at different times depending on the current activity. In the image above we placed a floor lamp for when the client is relaxing and reading, and a table lamp on the surface behind for when the client is in the room but just wants a calming glow of light.

Lisa Holliday Studio - Working Together

2. Add colour – People often say to me they are scared to add colour in case they get bored of it. I think it is the opposite – surely no colour is boring! If you stick with colours you love, the chances are you will always love them and having colour around your home will bring you so much joy. 

Lisa Holliday Studio Gallery_Day room, lounge, farmhouse

3. Think practically – To make a seating area comfortable for you or your guests, you need adequate side tables for placing drinks and nibbles. If you are sitting somewhere with nowhere to put your coffee down it feels un-natural and you are unlikely to settle for long.

Lisa Holliday Studio Gallery_Dining room, farmhouse, country house, antiques, flatweave rug

4. Pattern – When we laid the rug in the above dining room the room suddenly sprang to life with warmth and character. Pattern, as with colour, varies with the amount people feel comfortable. I would encourage you to add pattern to your lives, even if it is a small as a cushion, and watch how the room transforms into an inviting, joyful space.

Lisa Holliday Studio Gallery_Laquered lamp, hall decor, decorative plates

5. Don’t forget your walls – People often create beautiful rooms but stop short of hanging art. Even the most beautiful room will feel unfinished and a little soulless without something on the walls.

Art doesn’t need to break the bank. There are so many fantastic online dealers that source gorgeous, reasonably priced art. One of my favourite things to do, to mix things up, is to hang decorative plates, bringing colour and pattern to the space!

Have fun!

Best always, Lisa

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