At some point you may need to move. Some moves are easy. Some movements are difficult. Make your life easy and Follow a checklist when moving. Not sure what to do when moving into a new house? First, pool all of your efforts for one purpose: make the place a home!
Well you only invested in your new place and it’s time to move in. You will definitely have a lot to talk about so definitely make a list. Here are some key points to keep in mind. It’s not everything, but it’s a start.
People will rarely sell a house that hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned, but that doesn’t have to mean that you shouldn’t look at it. The feeling of moving in becomes much more pleasant when you are sure that there are no remnants of the previous owner’s presence. So be ready to face and deal with dirt, dust in the corners or missed water stains in the toilet. You can do it yourself or hire professional help.
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Give your windows a new look
Yes, you have agreed that the seller will take out all of their furniture. Even so, it is very likely that he will give up his old, heavy curtains. Applying new looks in one place should always start with new window coverings in shades and patterns that will make your everyday life more comfortable.
There’s no faster way to give a place a new look than painting its walls. Fresh layers of paint will change the way light spreads in your new home and will affect any memories you want to create there.
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Still wondering what to do when you move into a new home? Be brave! Elevate dark walls with light colors and play with different tones. Use contrasts and rich palettes. If that’s not really your thing, you can always choose some modern types of wallpaper.
Lighting and reflection
Don’t forget the power of light and reflection. Lighter colors can make smaller rooms appear spacious. A similar effect can be achieved by installing mirrors, provided you know how to avoid unwanted changes in perspective. Be careful with the accessories you apply. Unless you are decorating large chambers, use few effective ones.
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The bedroom comes first
Always start with the bedroom. It’s a private space that doesn’t have a lot of movement, but it’s still where you will be spending most of your time. Calculate your budget and choose sleek bedding (avoid savings as the quality of your sleep will match the quality of any other activity you do). Paint the walls with calm pastels and choose appropriate window coverings that can be adjusted to the amount of light you want to let in.
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Whatever you do, be careful. It is the only room that can reflect your habits and personality, and it is very likely that it will stay the same for years.
Develop spatial awareness
Don’t put yourself in a situation where you have to modify your furniture to fit your space. Before buying, make sure you know the length of your walls or doors, the room opening, or the number of stairs. This clever approach saves time and energy and shows that you really love your new place.
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If you are unsure how to shop, ask for professional advice. Interior designers love to suggest furniture combinations and explain how each piece would adapt to the structure of your home. We encourage you to be creative and avoid clichés like matching sets or extremely large dining tables.
Choose a focus
You need to create a comfortable environment that exudes balance and harmony. To do this, you should choose a focal point and match the rest of your decor to it. It can be any of your favorite pieces – a fine painting, a folding armchair or a Chinese vase. As long as you can customize the colors and shapes of other elements, it will look perfect!
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Consider a texture
Texture is all about fine and warm fabrics. Patterned pillows and ornamental wallpaper are just a few of the things you can do to keep your home comfortable.
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Furniture is an investment
Proper setup is one of the most suitable answers to what to do when moving into a new home. Decent furniture that is beautiful and of excellent quality is never cheap. So make sure you have chosen the right parts that will not end up in your basement after just a few years.
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When choosing, prioritize comfort. The shiny leather sofa looks absolutely stylish, but does not have the “comfortable hand” of microfiber. You should remember this when you sit back to read or when your cat jumps on it to snuggle with you.
Use your walls to express creativity
Accent walls can make your space cozy and interesting. If you paint a single wall instead of all of them, it creates a much stronger impression. Keep in mind that this is also a smart decision as you can easily change the color if you no longer like it.
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Don’t underestimate negative space
Negative space is widespread in the homes of new residents who like simplicity. In fact, any space around the house that is not decorated or has not been used for a specific purpose is a negative space (for example, the white walls). These places certainly tell a story of their own, but our advice is to reduce their size and see if they can be used.
Getting the most out of negative spaces can be a bit tricky, but we have some interesting tips:
- Avoid Chaos. A clutter of accessories and unnecessary furniture can easily affect comfort. Some places require diversity, but not all. Always with Tranquillity! Free space is always welcome.
- Don’t leave anything to chance. Leave negative spaces on purpose and don’t make them look like deserted corners that serve no purpose. You can use them anytime, for example, to simplify your decorations or soothe the bold colors you use.
- Take care of shapes. An amusing negative space can also be created with contrasting shapes. Sharp-edged tables against curvy sofas or rounded chairs in square rooms can add monotony to your home and make it a place to remember.
Use modest accessories for the lower surfaces
Tiny decorating memories can hold a special place in your new home, just like in your heart (especially if you brought some old accessories that you just couldn’t throw away). Photo frames, china chevrons, or large clocks may not be up to date, but they are associated with memorable moments and are sure to fill the void of your new home. Also, these are the elements that speak the loudest about your personality.
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Have a flashy home
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Personalize your space with visual contrasts and additional experiments. Make it recognizable by its stuffy pillows, traditional patterns, and themed wallpaper. In short, make sure that the overall impression is really unique and obviously interesting to your family and guests.
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Remember, good doesn’t necessarily mean new
Yes it’s a new house and you want to fill it with new things. However, this is not strictly necessary (even if the budget allows it). We recommend that you implement some “vintage spirit” and look for furniture in alternative locations (antique shops, flea markets or flea markets). You can also bring some of your “historical” items and give your rooms the comfort of a real, personal home.
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