Congratulations! You’ve just purchased your new home, and you’re so excited about moving in. This home may be more spacious than your last one, or have a more open layout, and now you’ve got so many new and interesting spaces to decorate. But let’s also be honest, you just bought a new house, and maybe some much-needed furniture, and your decorating budget has… dwindled.
We’ve got some fantastic news – making a new house feel like home doesn’t have to cost much. In fact, there’s a good chance you’ve already got lots of things you can use to create that warm, comfortable, inviting feeling we all appreciate in a well-loved home.
The key is to decorate your home with items that invoke a memory, are part of a story, or that you personally find beautiful. We all flip through interior design magazines to feel inspired, but those are model homes, and the price tag can be staggering. Your home doesn’t have to look like a model in order to feel like home. It just has to reflect your personality and style. Here are a few ways to do that on a dime.
How to Make a House Feel Like Home
1) Make it Personal
Designer model homes feature gorgeous, high-end artwork. But for many people, spending thousands of dollars on original art just isn’t realistic. Even reproductions can be pricey. The one thing you do likely have in abundance is photos on your phone. These are the perfect reflections of your family and should be framed and hung!
Look for casual and candid pictures, rather than overly posed ones. The hardest part is often remembering to get them OUT of your phone. An easy trick is to use an app like Shutterstock to order inexpensive prints. A service like Level Frames will even frame the photos for you and ship them straight to your door.
Photos aren’t the only personal items you can frame. A beautiful handwritten note from a loved one, a series of postcards, or even a recipe written in a relative’s handwriting make for beautiful and meaningful displays of art.
Children’s drawings and paintings are also fantastic items to frame. Take your grandkids’ best work off of the refrigerator and hang it in a series in your guest room. When they sleep over they’ll be so tickled that their art is on display!
One last tip to make your home feel more personal is to display your travel memorabilia or collections. Whether you collect coffee mugs, shot glasses, silver spoons, or snow globes in every city you visit, reserve a shelf or two in the house to display them. They’ll remind you of your travels and be a great conversation starter when friends come to visit.
2) Dress Up Your Windows
Though the minimalist design look is in right now, with barely anything more than blinds to cover a window, curtains and drapes instantly create a warmer, more pulled-together space.
Window coverings can be expensive, but we have a hack that only costs a few dollars. Hang cotton tablecloths as curtains. Yes, you read that right! We promise that guests will never know the difference. Shop your favorite big box retailer for the longest tablecloths you can find – usually 108 inches, or 9 feet. Pick up some curtain rings with clips that match the finishes in your home, and hang those tablecloths from a curtain rod! The result is a lightweight, modern-looking, exquisitely long curtain that, if hung at the correct height, will pool slightly at the bottom, creating an effortless, elegant window dressing.
3) Plants, Please!
Some people think interior design is hard, but the easiest and least expensive trick in the book is just adding plants! Don’t overthink it – just head to your local nursery and choose a few that catch your attention. Re-pot them if necessary, then use them to fill spaces in your home that need a little extra attention. You can cluster small plants on a shelf for a modern look, or fill an empty corner with a towering tree. Some of our favorite plants that do well indoors are monsteras, pathos, fiddle leaf figs, succulents, bamboo, spider plants, snake plants, and majesty palms.
Though plants are inexpensive compared to other types of décor, you can save here, too – just take a look around your property. If your new home is landscaped with roses, azaleas, or hydrangeas, or even just beautiful long grasses or slender tree branches – clip a few and put them in water in an elegant clear vase. Your home will be instantly transformed.
If you happened to be born without a green thumb, we’ve got you covered! You can still enjoy the look of greenery by incorporating faux plants into your décor. These are not the plastic-looking, painfully obvious fake plants of yesteryear. Today’s artificials are incredibly textured and life-like, and add that same fresh, airy look to any home.
Your new home doesn’t have to look magazine-perfect. In fact, we think that adding personal touches and creative design ideas makes it better than perfect – it makes it yours. And that’s the most beautiful home there is.
For more information about making a home in Green Key Village yours, please contact us at 352-314-0126.