When we first move into a new place, we get that sudden urge to change things. I think it must have something to do with wanting to stamp your personality on your home. Erase the older owners tastes and inject a new lease of life into the place. However, this can mean that the dollar signs start rising if you are not careful. Especially if you have just spent a tonne of money buying the place or furnishing it with furniture. So I thought it would be good to share with you a few nifty tricks that put your DIY know how to good use. So here is how you can make a house a home.
1. Think about How You Want Each Room to Work for You
Sometimes, it can be easy to treat each room just like the previous person did. If they had a particular room as a dining room, for example, you are more likely to do the same. But this is where you can get a little creative. You don’t have to follow the same rules. So once you’re in your new place take a moment to think about how each room could work for you. Perhaps you need a home office, or dining is a big deal. This would be a great time to grab yourself a notebook and make a few notes and plans. This is when you can put your DIY know how to good use as you will be able to think about what you can do yourself to create the room you want.
2. Lighting can Make a House a Home
The way a room is lit can make a big difference to the atmosphere or vibe you are trying to create. Sometimes rooms can either be naturally dark or light. The darker rooms are the ones, which will need a little more work. You have to try and create the feeling of light without bashing a wall down to create a new window. This is where fitting particular light fittings can work well for you. Things like Amonson pendant lights could give a real sleek look to your room. All you need to do is fit them yourself.
3. Add Some Finishing Touches that are Personal to You
The secret to make a house a home is the personal touches and details. They are unique to you which is how you can stamp your personality on the place. A great tip would be to use chalk paint frames on the wall, which I have a tutorial on. This is a unique way of framing those special pictures without the need to buy endless frames. When you get bored, you just re-paint. Another suggestion would be to add colors and accents that are personal to you.
4. Seek out Inspiration in your Favorite Places
Finally, seek out inspiration in your favorite places. This could be your local coffee hangout or particular art exhibition or museum. It might even just be your favorite home decor shop. Where ever inspires you head down there. Make a note of the features you like and then seek out ways to re-create them yourself with your unique spin on it. Your home will be a talking point amongst your friends for years to come.