When you first move into a new place it can be hard to make it feel like your own. You leave the big paint jobs and renovations until you’ve lived there long enough to know what you want, so how can you put your own stamp on your property in the meantime?
Here are some simple ways to express your personality and make your new place feel like home. These are also great ideas for people who are renting and don’t want to invest money in renovating someone else’s property.
Spring clean: Hopefully the previous residents cleaned before you moved in, but it always seems to smell a bit too clinical and never really feels like they’ve left until you’ve cleaned it yourself. Find some new some scented products use a familiar brand and it’ll start to smell like home.
Storage: As soon as you’ve worked out where it is you drop your bags and leave your coat when you enter the house, put up some coat hooks. Set up a rack or a box for your everyday shoes and work out how much wardrobe space you need in the bedroom. Well placed storage prevents clutter and makes life easier!
Switch up your window treatments: Curtains and blinds are a great way to make a room “yours” without having to paint. In a plain room, the curtains can be the thing that either inspires or pulls your existing colour scheme together.
Make it cosy: Have a blanket next to the sofa, frame some pictures of your family, put out vases of fresh flowers, some candles on the dinner table, and a big fluffy rug in front of the sofa – it’s these little things that take a home and turn it into your home.
Paint the front door: There’s not much you can do to personalise the outside of your house, especially in areas that don’t have front gardens, but painting the front door can really make a difference.
Art: Art pieces are a great way to put your stamp on a property without committing to doing any more than putting up some hooks. Bring your existing art or trawl the internet and shops for some new pieces.
Statement light feature: Look into putting up some statement light features. This will be a lot easier if you have a standard hanging lightbulb, but can be done with other types – although you may need to get someone in to install it if you’re not gifted with DIY skills!
If you’re looking for a tradesman or decorator to help you with any of these ideas then use our find a builder service to find one in your area.