The constant change in scenery is part of the thrill of a travel job, but sometimes always being away from home can get a little frustrating. It’s important for your well-being that you feel comfortable and at ease with your new living situation. Follow these simple, easy and in-expensive tips to help guide you through decorating temporary housing and making it feel more like a home.
1. Spark A Candle
According to Psychology Today, scent is the first sense that we use after birth and it is capable of triggering even the most distant memories. Whether that smell takes you to a place, or reminds you of a person, we’ve all had that experience. So, grab yourself a few scented candles or incense and light up. Sweet scents such as vanilla are popular with both men and women, although floral scents are often considered the most calming.
If you’re anything like me, home isn’t home without pictures of friends, family and beloved pets all over the place. Whether you stick some to your refrigerator, or grab a couple cheap frames from the local Wal-Mart, adding photographs are a great reminder of your loved ones at home.
3. Get Artsy
Not many things are more depressing than dull, generic walls. Grab some inexpensive artwork from discount stores like TJ Maxx or Marshall’s to spruce up the walls a bit. Wall decals are an awesome (and cheap) way to decorate as well, and the best part is that they easily peel off when you’re done with them. Patterned tapestries are another fun way to cover-up an entire wall and can be found on many online sites, such as my favorite, Society6.
4. Mess Around with Color
Add color everywhere you can! Whether these colors are homelike themes or you want to go with a bright palette you’ve never tried before, color is a lively way of helping you forget that this home is temporary. If your housing is completely furnished, try buying a vibrant throw blanket to dress-up the couch or substituting the comforter with a crazy quilt. Making your home away from home colorful will help it feel much less boring and bland.
5. Flower Power
Flowers are an attractive and fun addition to your temporary home furnishings. Grab low-cost flowers from the grocery store once a week, or pick up artificial flowers from the neighborhood craft store and make a centerpiece for your dinner table. And for the guys that deny they like flowers (even though we know you do), go green! Any decorative plant is a beneficial addition to your momentary home.