Unless you have a strong eye for design, creating a home that perfectly shows off your personality and style preference requires research, creativity and imagination. However, one thing it doesn't really require is money—you can decorate without breaking your bank. Your household move might have been overwhelming, but setting down to your new house and filling it with personal touches can be very therapeutic. With simple and inexpensive decorations and upgrades, you can give your new house depth and coziness, and create a comfortable place that will be the backdrop to many of your future memories.
Grab a can of paint
When people walk into your home, the first thing they notice is wall color. If you want to go big with the personalization of the space, choose a color that reflects your personality and sets the mood. Different colors create different moods, so learn a little bit about color psychology to help you on your journey. It's best to keep things as neutral and soft on the eyes as possible while still experimenting with different shades. For instance, instead of going classic yellow that might overwhelm you, go for Standish White for a more relaxing yet unique look.
Display family heirlooms
One of the biggest trends in 2021 home décor is eclecticism that mixes new and vintage pieces, so if you have an old piece of furniture, make sure to display it for your guests. For instance, your grandma's real oak sideboard will look amazing and unique. And you can even incorporate smaller pieces into your décor like Grandpa's engraved pocket knife. If these pieces need a little love, sand them and re-stain them and give them a little facelift before you choose to incorporate them into your design.
Fill your space with art
The point of art is to beautify your space, but also achieve an emotional impact and provoke thought. Artwork can create balance, so pay attention to size, composition and placement. For instance, when placing a piece above your couch, make sure to take up less than three-quarters of the furniture width or less than 2/3 of the wall. And don't be scared to really show off what you like or make a big statement with your art—that's what it's created for!
Make something unique
Today, you can find a ton of great DIY projects and guides, so you can personalize your space with your own creations. Make sure you have all the proper tools and at least a little bit of experience handling them before you opt for creating a large piece. Be realistic with your abilities, but don't underestimate yourself—you might be surprised what you can make with the right tutorial. No matter what you manage to create, it will be built with 100% your own character and personality, so be proud to display it.
Boost warmth and softness
You want your home to feel warm and cozy, and the best way to achieve that is by investing in different fabrics and textures to add depth and interest. If you want to make a big change in your space, look into quality rugs that will bless you with their gorgeous designs, interesting patterns, and most of all, soft and warm textures and materials. If you place a rug under your coffee table, the entire room will look more balanced and anchored, and you will get to live in a truly finished space. Match your new rug with a few decorative pillows and maybe update the window treatment as well and voila—your space will look completely reinvented in your own style.
Green it up
The best way to make a house feel like a home is to add some greenery to it. Flowers and plants will transform any living space into a more permanent living situation. There's a wide range of choices when it comes to plants, but all of them will make your home look cozy, fresh and unique. Some plants require quite a lot of care, but if you don't want responsibility, you can always opt for succulents, cacti or even simply a fresh bouquet of flowers. If you have small children or pets, make sure to place your greenery somewhere safe, since some varieties can be toxic if ingested. With plants, you will not only improve the look of your house but also get a relaxing hobby!
Treat your nose
Humans react strongly to smells, so make sure to fill your space with familiar and pleasant ones. You can do that with scented candles, essential oils or a fresh batch of chocolate-chip cookies. Many people love the smell of vanilla, but if that's too soft for you, sandalwood is a great second option, but no matter what you choose, it will add a whole new dimension to your house.
After a stressful move, turning your new house into a home will allow you to bond with the space and make it truly your own. So experiment with the tips above and you'll have a space that reflects your personality in no time.
About the PublisherBo Kauffmann is a residential real estate agent with over 18 yrs experience in helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals. Inducted into the REMAX Hall of Fame in 2010 and receiving the REMAX Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, Bo has sold over 500 houses and condos in the Greater Winnipeg market. He is an accredited buyer representative (A.B.R.) and a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. Bo provides exceptional service to First-Time Home-Buyers, Seniors looking to downsize and Home Sellers of all ages. He can be reached easily By E-Mail or call/text him Call/Text Here
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