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When you’ve just moved into a new home, everything might feel just a little bit off. No matter how beautiful and opulent the actual house or apartment itself is, it’s lacking that personal touch, even once you’ve decorated. Don’t worry - this is completely normal for a new house, and it’s something many, many people have experienced (and will continue to experience). Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can add character and charm to your new digs so that it feels like a place you want to rest your head forever. Here are 9 ways to make a new home feel just right.
1. Try custom rooms
One reason your house may not feel like a home yet is because it’s still got too much of the previous owners in it. If they remodeled the kitchen, for example, it might not feel like the layout or appearance that you want in a kitchen. That’s why you should consider opting for a custom kitchen instead. By installing custom kitchens, bedrooms, or even living rooms, you can make a home truly feel like yours; after all, nobody has that exact combination of furniture, so it can’t be anything but unique.
2. Display your favourite artwork
Having artwork around your home that you love has been shown to improve mood significantly. Your favourite artists engage your brain, allowing you to feel invigorated and revitalised every time you walk into a room. If you’re not keen on art, then perhaps try photography or sculpture, which have similar effects. A bare wall will never inspire any kind of reaction, but art will give you pause for thought and brighten up a room. Just be sure to coordinate colours.
3. Put in lots of plants
You may scoff, but it’s true - plants have been proven to improve air quality and mental health when displayed around the home. A little green can really make an atmosphere feel more homely, too; they don’t even need to be plants you need to take care of regularly. If you don’t think you’re going to have the time to properly care for more demanding plants, you can simply opt for cactuses or other plants that require very little care in order to flourish.
4. Cook regularly
Filling your house with the sights and smells of cooking or baking can be an excellent mood-booster. Our sense of smell is strongly linked with memory, so one of the best ways you can create new memories in a brand new house is to fill it with delicious cookery smells. If you’re new to cooking, don’t worry; there are still plenty of dishes you can craft that don’t require any kind of advanced cooking skill. This also has the added benefit of making you much healthier - provided you use the right ingredients, of course.
5. Listen to music
Another powerful trigger when it comes to memory is sound. Imagine one of your most treasured memories, and chances are you can still remember what music was playing or what someone was saying when it happened. Fill your home with music, or even ambient relaxation sounds like rainfall or birdsong. By doing so, you’re creating a strong link between your memories and the new house. These are the small things that make a house feel just right.
6. Personalise the space
As well as your own favourites in terms of art and photography, you should also display memories in the form of photos you’ve taken or works of art you and your family have created. It’s important to bring as many personal objects and effects with you as you can from your previous home. They say that how you decorate a space reveals a lot about your personality, so make sure that your space is decorated with things that mean a lot to you and your family.
7. Coordinate colour
The colour scheme you choose for your house has a lot of implications. You’re going to be looking at that colour scheme every day for the foreseeable future, so it’s important to make sure it’s one you find appealing. Start off with the largest room in your house, and pick a scheme that works for you. From there, make sure to use similar colours around the rest of the house to complement the original design idea. In no time, you’ll have a space that looks great and hangs together aesthetically, too.
8. Consider lighting carefully
Dimmer switches and softer lighting can really help to take the harsh edges off a particularly difficult day. When you’re thinking about lighting solutions for your new home, a dimmer switch or a smart lighting solution could be an excellent way to make your house feel like home. This will enable you to control the intensity of the light; if you need a brighter environment, you can have one, but if you need to tone it down, you’re not limited to a binary choice.
9. Keep it free of clutter
When you’re in the process of moving into a new home, it’s not easy to keep it free of clutter. That’s totally understandable, but once you’ve finished the process, make sure to tidy up your home. Clutter can have an adverse effect on your mental health, so you need to make sure you’re in a reasonably tidy environment. It doesn’t matter if you neglect to tidy your house for a day or two, but be sure not to let clutter build up for too long, as this could seriously impact your ability to love your home.