Buying a new house in an exciting experience. Suddenly you have this brand-new space to decorate. It is like starting with a blank canvas, the possibilities are endless. However, a brand-new home can also feel intimidating or even cold. It is a home you’re unfamiliar with, after all. It might take a little time before your new abode truly feels like home. To help the process along, here are a few things you might want to try.
Search for the familiar
Odds are there are certain sights, sounds, and maybe even smells that you associate with home. Perhaps it’s a cuckoo clock that rings promptly at a certain time or a coat rack that has always sat right next to your door. Whatever it is, find the things that are familiar to you and bring them into your new home as soon as you can. This can make the adjustment process easier and quicker.
Studies show that just looking at art can make a person happier, more at ease, and less stressed (1). Drab, barren walls aren’t going to give the comforting feeling that art will. Aside from the positive mental vibes, hanging artwork can also help establish your sense of personality and individuality in the house. This is a great way to make the property your own.
Get back to nature
Similar to art, nature can help improve a person’s mood and de-stress them too (2). A simple houseplant gives vibrancy and a feeling of life even in an unpacked house.
Sit down stay awhile
Get comfy! What is going to make you feel more at ease: a beautiful but scratchy couch or a plush sofa that you just want to sink in? Make yourself more comfortable in this new place by bringing more softness in then…RELAX. Kick your feet up and get cozy in your new place!
As with anything, the best solution is always giving yourself some time. Any change can be a little difficult, but there was a reason you wanted this new place (probably several of them, actually!). So, settle in, surround yourself with your favorite things and in no time, you will be loving your new home.