In many ways, stepping foot into a new home is just like opening up a new book. It’s exciting, it looks and smells great, and you can’t wait to get stuck in and start making the most of this exciting chapter.
To the uninitiated, it can seem like there’s little difference between a house and a home. However, even the most beautifully designed house feels like it lacks a little personality when you first step inside. Turn your new house into a cosy home by following these four design tips:
1. Start with the bathroom
Furnishing your entire home might seem like a daunting task, so your best bet is to do it in stages. Starting with the bathroom is a good idea, as it’s small, manageable space, and it’ll feel like you’ve made good progress once you put the finishing touches to it. Towels that complement the wall colour, nice soaps and some tasteful pictures can go a long way towards making your bathroom feel more homely.
2. Rug up
Your floors take up an incredible amount of surface area and, from a design point of view, deserve a similar level of attention that you’ll give to decorating your walls. Rugs, mats and carpets are not only great for improving sound and heat insulation, they also add a splash of colour to your home. Even better, because these textiles are typically not too expensive, you can swap them around and add to them throughout the year for some dynamic seasonal decor.
3. Show off your artwork
Another great home decorating idea is to introduce some artwork to the walls of your house. Paintings and photographs can act as the focal point of a room or they can subtly complement the existing furnishings. Remember, the art you hang on your wall doesn’t have to be expensive or pretentious. Homemade crafts, a drawing by your kids or family portraits all make excellent decorative pieces while adding personality to your home.
4. Add some lamps
Far more than merely providing light, lamps are an important part of your home’s design. A well-chosen lamp on your bedside table or a freestanding light on your living room floor can brighten pockets of shadow and add ambience to the area.
Besides these four tips, what will ultimately make your new house feel more like a home is simply spending time in it. Unpack your belongings and enjoy living in your beautiful new space.