Moving into a new home can be a strange feeling – it’s an exciting, fresh start. But, a new house can often feel generic – almost like you’re suddenly living in someone else’s home.
It takes time to establish roots and really start to feel comfortable in a new space. However, there are some simple steps you can take to quickly make your new house feel like home.
Whether you’ve just bought your forever home or have moved into a new short-term rental, settling into your new home will help you start to feel more relaxed.
Ben Soreff of House to Home Organizing says, “One thing we notice with first-time home buyers is sometimes they don't really ever truly settle in because sometimes they feel that it’s a starter home and they won't be there long.” Take the time to unpack and get settled. Even a few months is too long to live amongst a pile of boxes.
Think Outside The Box
One of the first things you need to decide in your new home is the layout and use of each room. Really take some time to assess your family’s needs and the possibilities of your new home. Doing something different can be a great way to put your stamp on a home.
Marty Basher, the home organization expert for Modular Closets, says, “Don't be afraid to try out a new use for a space, and don't be locked into how previous owners used each room or how the house was advertised in the listing.”
According to Soreff, many people put off organizing because they feel short on funds. But organizing doesn’t have to be expensive. Soreff says, “Take the time to set up the attic, basement and garage with proper storage structure so that everything doesn't end up thrown in those areas.” Simple shelves will work wonders in getting boxes organized and out of your living area. Always think vertical with your storage to maximize space.
Update The Lighting
Lamps add a much homier feel to a room whereas overhead lights can make a space feel clinical. Joe Murphy, an interior design specialist at The Shower Head Store, suggests that you add lamps to rooms as much as possible. “Lamps especially give ambient lighting which is warm and comfortable,” says Murphy.
Ana Carlson of Sill Appeal emphasizes the importance of adding at least one plant to your space. “Greenery has a calming effect on people and makes a place feel warm and inviting,” says Carlson. “Plants are dynamic, living things that bring positive energy and beauty to any living space.”
Hang Pictures And Artwork
One of the simplest ways to start customizing your new home is by hanging pictures and artwork. Art is a great way to put your style and memories on display. Murphy reminds us that “pictures and artwork are associated with memories and home, which are important.”
When a new home doesn’t have any of its own memories yet, hanging art is a great way to bring your story in. Basher says, “Surround yourself with things that have meaning to you and your family. Collections of seashells from family vacations, family heirlooms, home accessories that make a statement about your heritage – the list is endless.” Hang a collection of items that you love on a gallery wall and you’re sure to smile every time you see them.
A great way to warm up a space is by adding a cozy rug. Not only are rugs beautiful, but they can also help to make your space more functional. According to Murphy, “Rugs help to eliminate any echoes by absorbing sounds. By absorbing the sounds, your home will not seem so sterile, cold and impersonal.”
Rugs are a great place to pull in texture and color as well, which is a great way to start giving your space a feeling of your personal style.
Hygge is a Danish expression meaning a feeling of coziness in your everyday life. Matthias Alleckna, an energy expert at EnergyRates.ca, suggests that you keep hygge concepts in mind when decorating your new home. According to Alleckna, “The main idea behind it is to make your home as comfortable, happy, livable and affordable as possible.”
Assess each item that you bring into your new home. If it doesn’t make you feel comfortable or happy, then maybe that item is just not for you. Focus on only having things you love and you’ll quickly fall in love with your new home.
Moving into a new home can be overwhelming. By following these simple tips, you’ll soon feel right at home in your new space.
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