Moving to a new house is always exciting, especially as it’s a completely fresh start. The idea of starting again somewhere can be exceedingly appealing – there’s something wonderful about having a fresh canvas to work with. However, while moving to somewhere fresh can be exciting, it can also come with its challenges, one of which being how to personalise your new home.
Of course, over time you can update the decor and redesign the property, but when you first move in and time is limited, it can feel like putting your own stamp on the place is a little challenging, can’t it? Now, the good news is that adding personality to your new home without making any major changes is doable – and it’s far simpler than you might think. It doesn’t have to mean completely overhauling the space immediately, it is simply a case of knowing how to approach the task at hand.
Wondering what steps you can take to quickly add personality to your new home? Below is a guide to everything that you need to know – read on for lots of new home tips, hacks and ideas!
Unpack your belongings
I know it’s obvious but a new house is never going to feel like a home until you unpack your belongings. It can take time to unpack everything but it’s worth doing as soon as possible in order to make your new house feel as welcoming and homey as possible.
So, your first step should be to unpack all of your essential items, from sofas to throw cushions. Once you’ve done that, then you can begin to design each room, working out where everything should go and determining what could potentially be missing from each space.
You will find that once you’ve unpacked your belongings, your new house will quickly start to feel more homey and welcoming. So it’s worth taking the time to unpack your must-have items as it will instantly make your house feel more like home. Spend the first couple of days getting everything that you want unpacked and you will feel a lot better for it.
Layer your lighting
A great step for making any room feel cosy and welcoming is to layer the lighting. Overhead lighting is great but it can feel a little sterile and overwhelming, which is where layering your lighting comes in handy. It can add different layers of light to the room, developing a cosier and more welcoming vibe.
In each room add a selection of lighting sources to complement the overhead lighting source. Think desk lamps, corner lamps, and even fairy lights – get creative with how you light each space and add a sense of additional comfort. It’s amazing how much difference a few lighting sources can make to the look and feel of a room.
Add personal touches
When it comes to making your new home feel welcoming and homey, it really is down to the personal touches. By taking the time to add a few personal accessories to your new home, you can add personality and make it feel like a more welcoming space.
Whether that means hanging family photos in frames on a gorgeous accent wall, dotting your favourite art prints around, or adding family ornaments to each room, it doesn’t matter – what’s important is that you add your own personality and sense of style to the space.
Use accessories to change colour schemes
If you’re not a fan of the colour scheme in your new property but you don’t have time to completely overhaul and change it, the best step to take is to use accessories to change the colour scheme. Believe it or not, a few well thought out accessories can make a big difference to the look and feel of any space – you don’t need to paint the walls to change how a room looks, you can use accessories instead. This is a trick that many renters use and it tends to work exceedingly well.
Pick out a colour scheme for each room and then buy accessories to help you create that colour scheme. The best accessories to use for this will depend on the room in question, but for the living room, for example, it’s throws, cushions, rugs, lamps, and any other items like candles and pieces of wall art. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your approach – the quirkier the better.
Create a botanical paradise
Another fantastic way to add a sense of personality to any space is to turn it into a botanical paradise. House plants go a long way to giving a room a sense of style, so why not consider picking some up and dotting them around your new home. It’s amazing how much of an impact the greenery can make on any space.
When adding houseplants to your home, it’s important to be aware that some plants can be toxic to pets and children. So if you have children and pets in your home, it’s vital that you ensure that you only buy non-toxic houseplants, to avoid any dangers if accidental ingestion was to occur.
Another great way to make your new home feel more like you is to treat yourself to some new homeware bits and bobs.
You know that gorgeous lamp you’ve wanted to buy forever or that table you’ve always wanted? Well, now is the time to treat yourself to something new – adding something new (or even old!) to your home is a great way to add personality while also signalling a fresh start. It’s amazing how just one piece of new furniture can have such a big impact on the look and feel of a space.
There you have it, a guide to how you can quickly add personality to your new home. There are lots of ways that you can make your new home feel more welcoming and add personality to it, even without making any big changes. It’s simply a case of knowing how to go about it, that’s all.