Moving houses means that you have a lot on your hands in terms of packing, organising, and finding your feet again in the new home. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget about all the small things that make a home a home, though, while we’re so busy trying to locate the nearest post office and transferring all of our utility contracts to the new house.
All of these practicalities tend to get in the way of what really matters, at the end of the day, namely making sure that you actually feel at home in your new place.
It’s actually not that hard as long as you know what you’re doing and where to look, though, and you might find that your home is perfect for you a bit quicker than you originally anticipated.
Here are a couple of tips in terms of interior design so that you can mix and match in order to make it personal and give it a sense of being yours. That way, you can get back to re-addressing all of that mail without feeling like you’re sitting in a stranger’s home.
#1 Think About Your Couch First
One of the first things you should think about before finding a spot for all of your furniture is placing your couch somewhere strategic. By finding the perfect spot for it, you’ll be able to utilise the room in a much better way and even make it a bit more comfortable.
A snug corner near to a window is a great place; make sure that it creates its own little section in the room, and you might find that your living room feels a lot more comfortable than it did earlier.
Bind the area together with a nice carpet, for example, and place a potted plant in your couch-area as well to spruce it up a bit. The area where your couch is placed will be the main area of your living room, so make sure that you give it some proper thought first.
You could always just move it around, though, if you should change your mind – but it’s just so much easier when you have the moving people there to help you out with the heaviest lifting.
#2 Make It Personal
When you’re done pondering the place of the couch, it’s time to think about how you can make it feel a bit more like you actually live there rather than somebody random. Framed pictures are, of course, one of the best ways to do this but you don’t just have to stick to photos of yourself and your loved ones, though.
Pictures of everything from artwork to nature and animals will look great on your walls and you can, of course, find everything online. Just make sure that you have the right kind of photo paper in your printer, and have a look at frames.co.uk for some great alternatives in terms of frames.
You can even ask them to customise your frames as well so that you don’t have to settle for the standard frame sizes unless you’re alright with that.
Create little art sections on your walls and hang them somewhere you’re bound to look while hanging around at home such as around the couch, over the kitchen counters, and by the different doors of your home.
It just makes it a lot easier to convince yourself that you actually live there and that this is your new home while trying to get used to all of the changes, in general.
You could do the same with your pillow covers, by the way, and ensure that your couch is soft and beautiful by using a few of your favourite pictures as a print.
A lot of shops around the web will be able to do this for you, by the way, and you can simply upload the picture you’d like to use – whether it’s a picture of your dog or a random flower in your garden, and they will ship you the pillow once it’s ready.
#3 Create a reading corner
If you love to read, there is no better way to make your new place feel like home than creating a dedicated book nook. Just find the perfect corner in your living room or bedroom, if it’s large enough, and equip it with bookshelves, a comfortable chair, a reading lamp, and a lot of different blankets and pillows.
You can totally do this with anything else you enjoy to do at home, though, if you’re that into books. What about a battle station for your gaming purposes? All you need is, of course, a computer, a desk, and a chair – as well as a nice place to display all of your beloved games.
It will certainly make it feel a lot more like home now that you have a favourite corner in the house to make it even easier to enjoy and immerse yourself in your hobbies.
#4 Get cooking
Now that you’re done with most of your decoration and have found yourself a place to enjoy a good book or a good game, it’s time to think about the other things that make a home a home.
To most of us, it will be the smell of home-cooked meals. You should try to treat yourself to this in your new home as well, and preferably as soon as possible – you’re not really living there unless you’ve cooked in your kitchen, you know. Have a look at food52.com for some basic recipes you should know by heart.
Display some cookbooks around in the kitchen, even if you hardly ever look at them, and try to master a few basic recipes, first of all. Cooking is undoubtedly something that will make you feel so much more at home when the world outside is grey and cold.
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