Simple Ways to Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

May 30th, 2021

How to Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

When you’re buying a new house, those first weeks and months are often just as hectic as moving itself. When you finally have the place to yourself, it’s time to start making your house feel like home. 

Your house is more than just a building that you live in. It should be a home that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door.

You need to make some changes to a place when you move in to give it that cosy, warm feeling that turns it into a good home. 

To help you speed the process, here are some easy ways to make that happen sooner rather than later.

Make your Bed

Having one space where you can retreat at the end of the day is essential, especially during those first chaotic weeks in a new home. Roll out the rug, make the bed, set up the nightstands and lamps, hang a mirror and put up some artwork. It may be tempting to jump from one task to another when there’s so much to do, but resist — it’s worth the effort to enjoy a restful bedroom.

Plug in a Few Lamps

Lamps are essential; you can never have too many. A table lamp for the atmosphere or a floor light to throw a soft glimmer up onto your walls. There are more ways you can use a lamp than you ever imagined. Pretty much any space can be made instantly more homey with some well-placed lamps, string lights, or a battery-powered flameless candle in a lantern. If you can, install dimmers so that you’re able to adjust the strength of the lighting in a room based on your mood and the time of day.

Plants and Candles

You should have plants in every room of your home. They help to improve the air quality, and they look beautiful. As well as making your home appear homier, plants also help boost your mood and lower your stress levels. Pot herbs in mason jars in front of your kitchen window, buy fresh flowers for yourself every week, display them on your dining room table, or pick out one of the many low-maintenance houseplants. 

The same goes for candles; dot them about the place and choose especially scented ones to instantly create a welcoming glow and a comforting, familiar scent.

Put out Pillows and Throws

A cosy blanket can go a long way toward making any space more peaceful and inviting, and it’s easy to find a snuggle-worthy throw at any budget. Soft furnishings such as throw pillows, cushions and cosy blankets will add instant character, texture and comfort to your new space. Layer up with anything that brings you joy.

Fill Your Shelves With Books

Shelves full of books make a house feel cosy and inviting — and if you’re a book lover, there’s nothing better than being able to sit down with a cup of tea and pull a favourite book off the shelf. 

Hang Art

Research shows that simply looking at art can reduce stress and make you happy. Hanging art in your house helps instil your personality and interests into space. The more you surround yourself with things that make you feel good, the more you’ll capture that feeling of home. Placing familiar paintings, art and photos around your new home is one of the quickest, easiest ways to make it feel ‘yours.

Clean it

If you’re trying to figure out how to make a home cosy, you need to start with making it clean. Your physical space is an expression of the way you feel, and if you want to feel truly relaxed and at home, you should make an effort to keep your space worthy of snuggling into. 

Get the Bathroom Set up

Nothing says “new house” like a bare bathroom – but a few accessories in colours or tones that you love will jazz it up instantly. Hang shower curtain, then stock the bathroom with towels, a bath mat, hand soap, body wash, and toilet paper.

Hang up Curtains

One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance but can also help to control the temperature.

Add That Scent

A house that is not filled with inviting smells will never feel like a home. There are loads of ways you can make your home smell nice. Baking in a home is also a great way to fill it with an aroma that instantly smells like home as soon as you open the front door.

A house or apartment should be more than just a place to crash at the end of the day. Simple design details can capture feelings of warmth and pass those feelings on to you whenever you’re in the space. The more things you have around you that make you feel happy, the more likely you’ll make your house feel like home. Before you know it, you’ll feel connected to your new home in a way that extends beyond its four walls.

Clare Hughes

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