Published on 05 May, 2017

So you’ve just bought a new house? No matter how excited you are to move into your new place, your first few weeks will probably feel a little weird. Even while living among boxes, you can still feel settled and happy. Check out our top 5 tips on how to make your new house truly feel like home.

1. Colors

There is no place like a home that truly reflects your personal taste. You favourite color is pink or maybe blue? Go for it! The way you combine your fave colours is as unique as you are. If you have a friend with a knick for interior design, don’t hesitate to ask them for advice. Colour can reduce stress, make you happy, or create a special ambiance. This is why one of the most important aspects of interior design. If you have the time and skills, don’t hesitate to do the job yourself. This usually works with smaller places, though. For bigger houses even though you might save a few bucks by painting it yourself, don’t forget about all the hours you’ll have to spend on the project. If you’re all by yourself, it can take you a few weeks to paint the whole house! You should think about hiring a professional painter, because “anything worth doing, is worth paying someone else to do”.

2. Candles

Something as simple as lighting up a few candles can make your house feel warm and cozy. You like the smell of freshly baked goods? Just light around some candles that smell like your favourite cookies. Some candles throughout your home are known to be visually pleasing and to add to the beauty and ambiance of the home. Use candles as a decoration, not just a smell diffuser. On top of helping you make the place your own, candles done right can significantly improve the aesthetics of your home.

3. Functionality

One of the things that makes a house feel like a home has to do with functionality, because things at home have to work right for you. Furniture with additional storage space and height will let you store all the things you’ve always been planning to throw away and never did (and let’s be honest, probably never will). If you love to cook, don’t hide your utensils and appliances; incorporate them into your home’s design. And finally, introduce some efficiency to the unpacking process: Most people start with the living room or bedrooms, but you should definitely focus on the closet and/or wardrobe first. Mondays are bad enough without having to look for your favourite t-shirt in all these boxes, anyway.

Flowers in Your Home

4. Flowers

Think about a loved one sending you a bouquet of flowers. This makes you smile just a little bit, doesn’t it? Now imagine this feeling of happiness throughout your day. This is exactly what flowers can do to your home. Flowers bring positive feelings and energy to everyone in the room (unless someone has an allergy, that is). Position them in places visitors see, such as the foyer, living room, or dining room. There is a reason why people give flowers as gifts to patients in the hospital, as they help a patient heal faster by reducing stress and bringing relaxation. Simply looking at plants every day helps stressed people feel more relaxed and happier.

Bed Comfort

5. Bed

Make your bed. Whether this means getting the toolbox out and assembling it or just making up the mattress that sits on the floor, do it. There is nothing more comforting than sleeping in your old, cozy bed. Soft sheets, plush pillows — these are the things that make all of the hard work we do during the day worth it. You will spend about 8 hours a day in the bed, so it is safe to conclude that it makes up about 50% of your home, given that you will probably spend more than 8 hours at work. So making your bed gets you halfway to making your new house a true home.

People usually are the happiest at home.

William Shakespeare

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