One challenge interior designers face is figuring out how to make spaces feel established and lived-in, especially if they've never actually been lived in before. A brand-new home can feel sterile, and it’s tough to really relax if the atmosphere in your house feels cold or stiff or formal. To make a space feel more homey, there are some easy design elements you can add.
Use Textiles to Add Texture.
Textiles are a great, simple way to add texture to any space. Fuzzy throw blankets, cozy pillows, and airy window-treatments immediately make a living room feel more comfortable and relaxed. Plush bath-mats and sumptuous towels make any chilly tiled bathroom seem warmer and more inviting. A fluffy duvet cover makes you want to sink into any bedroom.
Don't Be Afraid Of Color.
Austere white walls are a surefire way to make any room feel cold and uninviting. While there are plenty of warm neutrals that you can use, a colorful accent wall or some vibrantly-hued accessories add immediate personality. Although a lot of color can feel overwhelming, especially in small spaces, some well-deployed wallpaper or a strategically-placed mural can make a room feel alive.
Add Personal Touches.
If you want to make a space really feel like your own, add art and accessories that represent who you are. Create a collage of your favorite family photos, or pull out the handmade gifts from your kids. Tapping into nostalgia can be a great way to make a new home feel lived-in, tying memories of the past to the future you're making.
Making a new house feel like a home can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. By adding a couple of thoughtful details, you can inject life and personality into cold, generic spaces. Texture and color are easy places to start.
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