Right, so there you are, finally, in your new home. You’ve signed all the documents, jumped through all the hoops and it’s all yours. Well it’s yours in the sense that you own it, but how does it really become yours when it may have belonged to other people over many years or is a pristine newbuild?
If you think about it you didn’t design it or build it, so how are you going to stamp your own personality on it and make it truly your own?
It’s a lot easier than you think to customize your home and it doesn’t have to be massively expensive. You’ll want to spend money on some things but if you have a good imagination you can create some attractive impressions for friends and guests as well as feeling it’s the right place for you to be.
Where to start?
It’s the question everyone asks when planning a makeover and the simple answer is that you start in the room you want to customize first. That means you need to prioritize because the way to not getting things done properly is to do a bit here and a little there to a number of rooms without anything really getting finished.
So get some focus, fire up the imagination and get to work.
Bring in the color
Pale walls can give a clean but maybe a little antiseptic feel to a room. For a living room, where you’ll likely spend a lot of time, choose a favorite color or a blend of that color to brighten up your walls. The ceiling can be a white or off-white that will complement the way you paint our walls. Muted colors such as gentle greens and blues can help create a relaxed vibe, but you might want to do one wall in a more vibrant color to contrasts with the others and make a statement. It’s all about what you want.
Plan your kitchen
So often the hub of a home when food is being prepared, drinks being dispensed and often doubling as a dining area too, your kitchen can be customized to suit you. Your appliances and gadgets don’t all have to be same brand but when they are it adds to the sleek feel you might want to create. Don’t be afraid to have appliances that aren’t the usual plain white. Some different colors add a touch of class and can draw admiring eyes from people visiting.
To add some extra style to your kitchen you could use a chalkboard that can act as a reminder for shopping essentials, messages for family members that they shouldn’t be able to miss (as long as you’ve ingrained the need to check the chalkboard every time they go in just in case there’s something they need to know). You can also get chalkboards with amusing messages from an online store to bring some humor into your kitchen space, and a chalkboard store is ideal for finding lots of witty options.
Make a games room
If you love gaming and playing with family and friends, create your special space for gaming. If you have the space it can be a whole room with a gaming chair, posters on the walls from classic games, a chair or too customized for comfortably sitting and playing, and shutters on the windows to create the blackout conditions for concentrating on the screen.
Redo the bedroom
You need comfort and peace in your bedroom so go for relaxing colors on walls and ceiling and add some pictures or photos that mean something to you. The bedroom is the most personal space in a home so don’t be afraid to express your own personality with the way it looks. A few ornaments that are important to you are also an attractive feature that should help when you get to that stage when relaxation in a pleasant environment is all that matters at the end of the day.
Try making your bathroom a little quirky, with wall tiles that have images of fish or other sea-related pictures and create an environment that is appealing both for baths and showers. Unusual faucets for bath and sink add a touch of creative class and underfloor heating, though it might cost more, is an added bonus to making your bathroom an enjoyable place to be.
Use your imagination
Customizing your home is easier than you might think. Do it room by room, take your time, think through your ideas and always be as imaginative as you can. You’ll have a home to be proud of.