Make your new house feel like a home sooner rather than later with these quick and easy tips
With all the organising that goes into buying a new home and moving, it’s easy to forget that settling in can be just as busy. With boxes piled high and rooms to organise, those first few weeks are the time to start making your new house feel like home.
These quick tips can help you transform your new digs into a cozy abode worthy of all that work!
Bring life into your home. Literally. Plants are a great way to freshen up any space (indoors or out). Choose plants that will suit the sunlight in each room. Remember to choose a variety — both in size and type — to add an extra dose of personality and colour. For those lacking a green thumb, succulents are a great (and hardy) option.
Furnishings tend to do the heavy lifting when it comes to transforming a new house into a home. Not only do they make each room functional, soft furnishings are the ultimate way to bring in colour and personality. Think curtains, pillows, rugs, decorative items and throws in bold accenting colours or patterns.
Pictures and artwork
Bare walls can make a new home feel well … bare. While it can seem daunting marking up those pristine, new walls, hanging your pictures or artwork will instantly make a new space seem more familiar. Once you’ve settled on the placement of your furniture, start thinking about how your photos and artwork will accentuate the space.
It doesn’t matter if you’re moving into a brand new apartment bought off the plan, or an existing home that has been standing for decades, new homes often come with unfamiliar smells that can make them feel different. Bring in your favourite scented candles, incense or air fresheners to evoke cherished memories that will make your house feel more inviting.
Moving in is a dirty business. We’re not just talking about tracking dirt through the whole house bringing boxes in, but unpacking tends to generate a lot of trash. Even if it was professionally cleaned before you got there, give your home a good scrub from top to bottom to get rid of all that moving in grime. Plus, it’s a great way to get to know the best features of each space.
Making your new house feel like home doesn’t have to stick to the interiors. One easy (and free) way to feel more comfortable in your new home is by getting out to meet your neighbours. Make the rounds to introduce yourself to those that live around you. It won’t take long to feel more connected.
A house isn’t a home until it’s been properly warmed. Once you’ve moved in and had time to unpack, think about throwing a proper housewarming party. It’s your chance to show off your new home to your friends and family. It’s hard not to feel at home with everyone you love enjoying your new space with you.
It goes without saying that the more time you spend in your new house, the more homey it will feel. It takes time to settle in and make new memories. Don’t feel terrible if you’re feeling a bit out of place when you first move in. After you’ve had some time to get to know your home, work on it, bring your own personality into it, your new house will definitely feel like home.