Moving into a new house is such an emotional time. It should be one of excitement, but it usually ends up being one more of exhaustion, crankiness and general irritability at everything not quite being in place and being the way that you want it to be yet. That’s fine and to be expected – but is should also be noted that it’s going to take a long time to get it absolutely perfect and screaming of your personality!
It’s in the detail
Eradicating all traces of the people that lived in your property before you is quite a challenge. Unless you start from scratch, then there’s almost no way that it can possibly be done. If you’re in a new-build home then you won’t have this problem, but for others it can be a nightmare and a real drawback on making your house a home to call your own. There are little things that you can change over time rather than doing one big overhaul (as tempting as it may be).
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For example, there is a huge range of bathroom taps available online for you to have a look at – something as simple as switching these over may be just the grasp you need to bring your home into your own. Changing handles on doors, painting over wooden fitted cupboards … these are all the things that you can do that are little things which are able to put your stamp down.
Don’t stress on mess
Moving is always going to be a busy time – you’ve got your whole life that you need to fit into another house! Don’t stress over the mess that seems be around you, but instead put it where you feel it needs to go. This may seem like a strange thing to do, but you’ll gradually find out where things need to be rather than forcing them into a place that you’ll later find out is inconvenient for you. This is especially true in the kitchen. You’ll work out where things need to be to make your life easier. Just pop your items into their new home once you’ve worked out where it is.
Colour your world
Don’t make rash decisions on what colour you want your home to be. Settle for a little while and see where the light comes in, and at what times of the day.
Take note of spots of brilliance – these are the bits that naturally seem to illuminate when the sun comes through the windows, and can be a great place to put key feature ornaments and decorations in your home, such as posters and pictures, to draw people’s attention to them without having a spotlight.
Taking the time to go through colour schemes and figure out what you want from each room is vital if you don’t want to be redecorating any time soon. Go for a colour that makes you feel happy and relaxed in the rooms that you spend the most time in, and one that you won’t get bored of too soon.