Whether you’re moving abroad for 2 months or 2 years settling in is just as difficult. Starting a new job or a language course and meeting new people is definitely challenging but feeling ‘at home’ in a house that you literally just moved into is probably one of the biggest challenges.
And by god landlords seem to do their best to make it even more difficult!
With their super strict rules on not being allowed to change anything, making your new place feel more homely can be really hard.
But there is absolutely nothing your imagination and a trip to Ikea cannot do!
I’m no expert but having moved into a flat that was all turquoise with mahogany floors and off beige furniture ( you actually have no idea how bad it was ) I quickly transformed it into my minimalistic oasis. I believe this gives me the right to share my ‘wisdom’ with others.
All of the light
Beg your landlord to allow you to paint over the walls, that hideous magnolia doesn’t do anything for your space. White will create a great canvas for all the other elements inside the room. It will also brighten up and optically enlarge a small space. Good lighting is also crucial in making a space more enjoyable. If your new home doesn’t have a lot of light invest in floor and desk lamps or fairy lights to add more ambience.
Gallery wall is a great way to display important to you people and moments while adding an exciting element to the room!
It will constantly remind you about all the amazing adventures you’ve had and are going to have. Incorporate a few quotes into the combination to give yourself some extra motivation. No nails allowed in your new home ? No problem! Many shops now offer very light frames that do not require nails. Let the ‘hard as nails’ glue become your best friend. It’s easy to remove and if there are any marks left you can easily paint over them.
Another element that can quickly transform any space are textures. Cozy throws, furry rugs, luxury bed sheets, nice tea towels, pillows, even new curtains can make a place feel more homely. Kitchen and bedroom are what really makes a home so invest in elements that will not only serve a purpose but also decorate and make the place feel more ‘yours’.
In autumn my mom used to always bake amazing apple and cinnamon pies that smelled absolutely heavenly. The second summer is over in my flat you will find at least 7 cinnamon scented candles in rotation. In the summer months I opt for fresh floral and vanilla scents to make the space more idle and ‘mine’ . Smell is one of our strongest senses so surround yourself with what smells familiar to give your new place a more homely feel.
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