You know the drill, don’t you? Moving in to your new home fills you with excitement and dread. The excitement part is that you are overly excited about how you are going to put your stamp on the place. Create lovely living spaces, organise the kitchen exactly how you want it, and create the bedroom of dreams. We have all been there. Right now I can imagine creating Pinterest boards in your head for exactly how the rooms are going to look. The dread part, unfortunately, is the money aspect. We don’t all have an endless budget that we can put towards making a house a home. So we need to prioritise, make small changes in some rooms, and bigger more expensive changes in the other. At the end of the day, it will all look perfect in the end.
It got me thinking about some of the smaller changes that could make a big difference to your home. Often the overlooked areas can be made in to big features. Which is why I thought I would share with you some of the fabulous ways you can make a difference to your home. You may find that some of the changes could be implemented straight away, and often you don’t need a big budget to make your house your home. Here’s some of my suggestions.
Get inspiration from all aspects
First of all, look at some of the ways you can get some inspiration for your home. Shipping and looking at furniture displays and how they set their home displays up can be a great source of inspiration. You can also look online and even seek inspiration from friends and relatives homes. Social media like Instagram is full of home accounts where people share what they have in their home and their room layouts. It is easy to get lost in all of the inspiration out there to make wise choices for your home.
Be thrifty and craft
Sometimes it’s best to make some things yourself, and looking online at websites like Pinterest be a great way to find what you are looking for. It could be crocheting new pillow cases, perhaps adding your own artwork to the walls. The truth of the matter is, your home with your own personal touch, is going to look unique and different something you see in a home decorating magazine, because it has come from you. If you don’t feel up to speed on being too crafty, then there are plenty of tutorials online that can help you get started with some easy craft ideas for your home.
Sometimes shopping online can fish out the best results when it comes to bargains. The best idea would be to look around the shops physically and gauge an idea of what you are looking for. Maybe you want a statement mirror, or a nice console table for your hallway. Once you have an idea of what you want shop online on websites like eBay or Etsy. You may find that you can pick up a great bargain or something very similar for a fraction of the price.
Take furniture or knick-knacks from other rooms
Sometimes simply changing the rooms around can make it feel different and offer a new dynamic to a room. For example, a sofa in one place could look different in a new room entirely. The same can be said for accessories, pictures, and ornaments you have. When you first move into a place, you may find that your first thought of where you want furniture and accessories to go, might not necessarily fit well in your new home. Changing things around or even changing the use of a room and doing things differently can help to create a more unique touch to your home, with very little expense required.
Create a feature wall
You don’t have to completely redecorate a room to make it look brand new. A feature wall can be a great way to add a new look to a room. You could go with a striking colour to add a new dynamic, or even consider things like artwork, paintings or photographs to add a difference. Feature walls draw the attention of someone entering that room, so it could be the only change you make, but yet people would think that it has been completely redecorated. You could even make a feature wall simply by placing certain types of furniture against it. For example a big console table and mirror attracts the attention and gives your room a feature, without the need for painting walls or redecorating. The best advice would be to get creative. You could even think about feature wallpaper. Some can give the effect of brick or tiles, that can add a lovely different dynamic to the room.
Dress the windows
Light can really change the perspective of a room, so if you can, encourage as much natural light into a space and see the difference, it could make. However, don’t forget the power of the window. It is the eyes of your room, and naturally a focal point, so dressing them with things like curtains can be a great way to give them that expensive and elaborate feel. Especially if the window is a bay or is specifically large. Curtains can also help keep the room cool on hotter days.
Change one thing
Maybe changing just the one thing in the room is going to give you that feeling of change. In this instance try and consider something that is large by nature. Maybe changing the flooring, for example. Going from carpet to wood, or wood to tile, or even back to a carpet cagin if it is already wooden or tiled floors can really change the perspective of a room. Other thing to consider would be changing the all colour, changing one piece of furniture or even considering the lighting. A big light fitting can give the room its theme. A big dramatic light fitting like a chandelier can give the room elegance and a regal feel, where as, a modern feature can add to the other modern aspects of the room.
I hope that some of these suggestions help you make your home fabulous.