When it comes to moving house, from packing up your belongings to choosing a reliable removal company, organisation is key. Often, the most exciting part of the experience comes when you’ve unpacked in your new home and can think start thinking about putting your stamp on an entirely blank canvas. But while estate agents are trained in giving you the perfect viewing experience, once the novelty wears off, you might need some help injecting life into your new interior.
So whether you’re renting a part-furnished property or buying a new build, we’ve put together 7 easy steps to help you brighten up your new pad.
Moving house is a great time to throw away any unwanted items you’ve been hoarding – but it’s also a chance to think about upcycling your unused trinkets and finding ways to utilise them in your new place. From turning vintage suitcases into handy shelves to creating wall art from leftover wallpaper swatches, there are any number of ways to make the most of your unwanted items – and it doesn’t have to cost a penny.
2. Bring the outside in
There are few better ways to brighten up your home than by letting the outdoors in. From long-lasting plants to vibrant flowers, introducing nature into your rooms will create a fresh and welcoming appeal – which will be ideal when it comes to showing off your new pad to potential visitors.
3. Add a splash of colour
Whether it’s a unique feature wall or a reupholstered sofa, adding a splash of colour can breathe life into your new home. With a whole host of materials available to suit any space, you can choose from stylish Quartz tiles for the kitchen or bright shower curtains for the bathroom. Whatever palette you’re working from, get creative and give each room an individualistic appeal.
4. Pay attention to accessories
Accessories aren’t just for outfits – they can also inject some much-needed life into your rooms. If you’re unsure of what will work best in each space, wait until your essentials are unpacked and make your way from room to room – thinking about the kind of accessories that would brighten up your interior. From a cleverly placed mirror to a strategically hung canvas, an innovative approach to accessorising can perk up the dullest of rooms.
5. Let there be light
From buying brighter lightbulbs to throwing open the windows, allowing light to flood your home will instantly brighten up your interior and give it a spacious feel from the get-go.
Switching out dark and heavy curtains in favour of light and airy linens will also allow the natural light to illuminate your interior and can instantly add a fresher feel to any room in your home. You can even go for bare-bulbed pendant lights, such as the Starkey Lights featured above, from Made.com.
6. Change with the seasons
If you’re moving house in the summer months, don’t even bother unpacking your heavy throws and rain coats. Ridding your rooms of unnecessary items will free up space and create a more airy and open environment – perfect if you’re thinking about hosting a housewarming party.
7. A green approach
While your main focus is likely to be on the interior of your home, don’t neglect your garden. Whether you have a huge or tiny space, you can make the most of your outdoor area with some budget-friendly ideas. When you move into your new property, resist the urge to litter your garden with trinkets or unwanted items – and mow your lawn at the earliest opportunity. By keeping your garden space clean and tidy, you’ll want to spend more time in the open air – especially in the warmer months.
These are just some of the easy ways you can brighten up your new home. Once the ‘big move’ is over, you can start getting creative and you’ll soon find lots of ways to perk up your new pad.
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