After moving into a new place, it is often difficult to shift your focus from the technicalities of the move to decorating and making your new space feel like home. That being said, when you have just moved into a new house or flat, it doesn’t feel quite like your own, making it hard to relax and get fully accustomed to your new surroundings. With this in mind, our team here at Moveable have put together some of the easiest ways to make your new property feel more like a home.
1. Start with a Fresh Spring Clean
One of the first things you should do when you move into your new home, is to have a proper spring clean. Often when we move into a new place, it can still look quite dusty and dirty, especially if not lived in, so it is always a good idea to clean the surfaces and flooring in all the rooms before the furniture and décor goes up. To help you with this task, Moveable has partnered with cleaning services all over the country and arranging a deep-clean for your new home.
2. Create an Inviting Entrance
By creating a visually appealing entrance you are setting the tone for the rest of the house as you or your guests walk-in. A simple way to make your front door more inviting, is adding a mat and a few potted plants. Always keep the entryway neat and tidy, and consider offering a bench where guests can take off their shoes – it’s a nice and simple way to make a great first impression. Another great tip is to include a mirror in your entrance, besides adding to the wow-factor it will create the illusion that your entrance space is a lot bigger and spacious.
3. Make the Windows Your Own
For many homeowners, decorating the windows of a new home is not always a high priority, but purchasing some colourful curtains or modern-looking blinds, can really change the look of any room.
More often than not, purchased properties will already have some old or boring looking blinds or unattractive curtains. To really make a home feel like your own, these small changes can really transform an empty and dull looking house into a vibrant home.
4. Add a Signature Scent
Everyone’s house has a signature aroma or scent, and certain smells just make us feel at home. Whether that may be the smell of fresh cotton or soothing lavender, giving your home a trademark scent can help you feel more relaxed and comfortable in your own home. When you step foot into your house after a long day of work, there is nothing better than having a familiar aroma welcoming you in. This can be achieved through scented candles, fabric sprays or essential oils in a diffuser.
5. Decorate your Home with Art and Family Photos
Decorating your home with photos and art that you love and cherish can remind your entire household of memorable events in your lifetime. You can hang photo frames, create a gallery wall or place some framed photos on a mantlepiece. The best thing about buying art or printing photos for your new home, is that you can be creative with it and find a style that suits you.
6. Invest in Live Plants
House plants aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but by investing in some beautiful live plants that brighten up your home, not only will you have a greater circulation of oxygen as the plants breathe life and fresh air into the space, but they will also give you a rewarding sense of accomplishment as you commit to keeping them alive and healthy. Bringing plants into your home is one way of putting down roots.
7. Let your Personality Shine Through
Ultimately, the most important step in making your house feel like a home, is making sure the furniture and décor suits your personal style. There are no concrete rules that one should follow to make their house feel more homely, as everyone has a different idea of what a home feels like. For some, it may be a fire place and warm carpet floors, meanwhile for others it may be large wide spaces and lots of modern art. However, these tips will hopefully provide a good starting point if you’re feeling a little bit stuck.