When you first move into a new house, it’s only natural to want to put your personal stamp on the space – after all, unless you built your dream home, it’s likely that the finishes, fixtures and paint colors were chosen according to the previous owner’s taste. So, where to begin? Here are 8 projects, both small and large, that should help make your house feel like home.
1. HANG PERSONAL PHOTOS
Getting a few favorite photos up on the wall is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a new place feel like home, so don’t put it off. If you’re concerned about putting holes in the walls before you know for sure where everything will go, pick up some removable picture-hanging strips to use instead of nails.
2. PAINT A WALL OR TWO
Picking colors for your whole house can be a daunting prospect. Save yourself some trouble and just commit to painting an accent wall or two for now. Getting color on the walls will make your place feel more like you and can help determine the rest of your home’s palette.
3. CLEAN FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
Tap into the power of scent by using great-smelling natural products to thoroughly scrub your new home. It may sound a bit strange, but when your home begins to smell familiar, it’ll feel more like home – so you may as well do what you can to speed that process along!
4. MAKE A PLACE FOR YOUR KEYS
Save time on your way out the door by designating a spot for keys and other important items. Install a row of small hooks, or use a tray or dish; just make it convenient and use it consistently.
5. TUCK PLANTS INTO UNEXPECTED SPACES
Plants add personality and color, freshen the air – and they look great in any room. Large houseplants and potted trees are wonderful, but also try placing little pots of cactuses, succulents or ferns among the bottles on a bar cart, on the bathroom sink or on open shelving in the kitchen.
6. CREATE A SPECIAL SPOT FOR LITTLE ONES
Give young children a secret hideaway or comfy area to curl up with a favorite storybook. Just about anywhere can become a cozy nook – just add a few squashy pillows, a snuggly throw and a basket of books.
7. OFFER COZY COMFORTS
A throw to snuggle under, a tea tray ready for last-minute guests candles, fresh flowers and plenty of lamps – these little things are often what make a house feel like a comfortable, welcoming home.
8. ADD A FUN OUTDOOR FEATURE
Think fire pit, hammock, porch swing, alfresco dining table or barbecue area – something that will entice family and friends to venture out. When sprucing up your outdoor room, remember to provide enough shade for sunny days and to maximize privacy, if that’s a concern.
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Owning your house gives you the power to be able to fully personalize your space and make it feel like the home you want it to be you and your loved ones. Are you a homebuyer looking to put your personal touch on your forever home? We can help! Let’s connect and see how we can make your dreams a reality. You can reach us at 858-722-6857, or use our contact form.