You've just moved into a new place and it's SO GOD DAMN EXCITING! You've either moved into a larger property or it's your first time living away from your family, so naturally, you will need to buy some new things to help your home feel more, well - "homely".
Unfortunately, buying things like sofas, beds, tables and chairs is an expensive job and usually, takes a good year or so to complete. This means a lot of us end of living in a "half moved in" type of home.
We've done it, our friends are still doing it…. it definitely takes a while for your home to start feeling "homely".
So! We've compiled some of our tried and tested tips for how you can inexpensively and instantly make your new house feel like a home.
Flowers! Flowers not only add colour and life to your space but they are also a natural air freshener. Let's face it, flowers make everything better. We like to choose Lilies as they are long lasting, come in a variety of colours and they smell beautiful. Our favourites are Hawaiin lilies - they are the strongest smelling too, so if you have a BIG DOG like us - they are great way to stop your home smelling of dog.
Indoor Plants. Yesterday we counted that we have 8 palms in our house! Eight! ….. Maybe it's a little much. Either way it makes us feel at home. We're surfers and Costa Rica stole our hearts a few years ago. I suppose that's why we have quite a lot of the Costa Rican rainforest in our home now! Indoor plants help to clean the air and again, promote a "living environment", which has been proven to benefit our health and wellbeing, particularly helping to reduce stress and anxiety.
Rugs. Yes, we know what you're thinking… "Erm, rugs are bloody expensive, what are you talking about???". The truth is, in general yes. But we're not asking you to go a buy a 20 foot silk rug from Morrocco - that's just asking for bankruptcy! When we first moved in, we bought several little "runner" type rugs for our hallway, bedroom and for under our coffee table. They instantly added a softness to the room, not to mention some colour and personality. Heck, we even bought a rug for our balcony!
Paint. Grab a brush, a roller and a tin of orange paint……. No, we're kidding! Don't go orange unless you're 100% sure it's the right colour for you. Just last week, we were moaning about how our hallway looked like a "show home" and how boring that concept was. So, we grabbed a tin of "oriental green" and painted it a beautiful deep teal colour. Painting your walls adds an instant kick of personality. We're quite into how the psychology of colour improves our quality of life too, so we're going a bit bonkers with painting at the moment. Maybe paint tins should come with a warning sticker on them. We swear it's the same as popping open a Pringle can! …."Warning, once you pop, you can't stop".
If you have any other ideas or suggestions, please do feel free to leave a comment below.