No matter how long you live in a house until you add your personal touch to it, it doesn’t feel like a home.
We’ve all been there, though. By the time you finish moving and get all the boxes unpacked, who has the energy for the little things?
Personalizing your home doesn’t need to be a time-consuming and expensive process, though. All you need to do is add a few of these 11 little tweaks, and your blah house becomes your welcoming space fast!
1. Make it Picture-Perfect
The quickest way to a personalized room is by displaying your favorite photos. Hang them on the wall or prop them on your entertainment stand for an easy fix.
If you really want to get creative, show off your prized framed photographs or paintings on a gallery wall. This masterpiece of interior decorating covers up boring empty walls and puts your personality stamp on display loud and proud!
2. Swap Out the Hardware
Even if you live in an apartment, you can change some of the details that are less than flattering. In the kitchen and bathroom, the hardware on the cupboards may be chipping or rusty.
Unscrew the old pieces and replace them with handles and pulls that make you happy to be in the room. If you live in a rental, keep the old hardware in a baggie in a safe place. Before you move out, take out the new pieces and put the old ones back up.
3. Make it Energy-Efficient
We all love saving money and reducing our carbon footprint. When you personalize your home by swapping out energy-wasters, you get these benefits and more.
No matter where you live, it can always be more energy-efficient. If it’s your new house, this can include anything from caulking the windowsills and doorways to upgrading to using LED light bulbs.
4. Add Some Paint
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders in a room. Personalize a space that seems dreary and dull with a brighter color. Or refresh the shade that’s already there to cover up stains or chips.
For a creative stamp, add an accent wall to your bedroom. That way, you only have to paint one wall a vibrant color and you can get to the rest of the room when you have more time.
5. Throw Up Some Wallpaper
Putting up wallpaper used to be a mess-creating, headache-inducing major job. With removable wallpaper, this home improvement project becomes a piece of cake.
All you have to do is decide where you want the wallpaper to go and clean that section. Pick the design you want, peel the backing off the roll, and stick it to the flat surface! It comes off easily if you decide you don’t want it anymore.
6. Add a Rug or Two
Bare floors get cold and easily dirty. Accent rugs and hall runners are the perfect solutions to these problems.
There are a few places in a home that are prime property for an area rug. The space in front of a couch, under the kitchen table, and next to your bed are a few of them. Get a fluffy, soft rug or a classic fiber one for a personal touch in each room.
7. Change the Lighting
If the lights are too dim or bright in a room, you’re not stuck with the effect. This is one of the easiest fixes!
Add some natural sunlight with a sheer curtain or take away the rays with sun-blocking blinds. If artificial light is the problem, consider using lamps to add more light or use the lamp instead of the harsh ceiling fixtures.
8. Hang a Clutter Catcher
Once you know your routine, you’ll see where you gravitate to as soon as you come home. You may not do it consciously, but it’s the place where all your clutter ends up.
Instead of leaving a mess piled on your counters and searching for your keys all the time, be proactive! A clutter catcher with hooks for your keys decorates the area and eliminates disorganization.
9. Invest in an Art Piece
You don’t have to be an art aficionado to find works of art you fall in love with. It’s your home. You can personalize it how you choose to!
If there’s a bare wall in any room that’s keeping you from feeling like the space is complete, a piece of art can help. Find a large print or tapestry you love that fits the room’s color scheme and theme. You can always choose to add more to the collection later!
10. Bring in Touches of the Outside
There is something about fresh air that makes everyone feel better. You might not have a big backyard or be able to go outside all the time, but a plant in your home helps.
Indoor plants have a lot of health benefits. The right variety is also resistant to black thumbs, so if you’re concerned about the upkeep, there’s a plant you can’t kill somewhere!
11. Make a Cozy Nook
There’s a place in your new house that you love to relax in. It might be your couch, your bedroom, or a patio. Wherever you find yourself drawn to when you want to be at peace, turn that area into a cozy nook.
This is the place where you can take your home decor budget and invest the most resources into it. Since you’ll be there often, it’s worth adding a comfy blanket and pillow, a rug, and other accessories that make you feel happy.
There’s a difference between a house and a home. You can tell it for sure when you have first moved into a new place! Until you add your own personal touches, it doesn’t feel like yours. But with these 11 little additions, you’ll have a welcoming home easily.