10 Easy Ways to Make a Lived-In Home Feel Like New
It takes some time for a new house to really feel like a home. The good news is that you can fast-track the settling in process with a few clever moves. While we may strive to look as young as we can, when it comes to our home, the more lived-in it looks, the more comfortable it will feel, but lived-in doesn’t necessarily mean old and tired.
Living in a rented home can seem a little tougher, with landlords being strict about what you can and can’t alter. With a little creativity, you can still make the space feel like home.
Here are our tips for making a lived-in space feel like new.
Giving a room a fresh coat of paint can help make your space feel brand new. It can also help create a calming room where you can relax and feel at ease. If you just want to spruce up a small area, consider taking your painting in a completely different direction and try free-handing a few simple designs around a nook in a room.
- Changing Up Some of the Hardware
While you may not have a say over the cabinets in your kitchen, you could definitely change the hardware on them. Look for unique knobs and handles to bring your personal touch into the space and make it feel brand new. This simple act can make a big difference. You can do the same thing with doorknobs and even switch-plate covers.
- What About Wall Vignettes?
You’d be amazed at how much a simple wall vignette can do for your rooms. They can be a really fun DIY project, and you can change them up whenever you feel the need to. Gather picture frames, postcards, dried flowers, notes, wall hangings and whatever else you like, and try arranging them in ways that simply make you smile. The whole task of putting together a vignette can be therapeutic and help to spruce up a space.
- Even a New Shower head Can Do the Trick
Simply choosing a new shower head can do wonders for making the bathroom feel new. If you currently have a simple shower head, go for a power-shower head or even a rainwater variety that will have you feeling like you’re showering in a rainforest on vacation.
- Add Some Scent
Smell is one of our most powerful senses. A divinely scented space can completely transform the mood of a room in a matter of seconds. Whether you burn incense you grab a few scented candles, or even use a homemade room spray, you can quickly change the atmosphere of a room, making it feel new and fresh.
- BYOF – Bring Your Own Fireplace
When you were growing up, did you have a gorgeous mantel in the living room that you loved? Not necessarily a working fireplace, but a lovely decorative piece? These kind of pieces are sometimes portable and could be a great addition to a home that you could take with you to your next space if you’re renting. A mantel can bring loads of character and coziness to a space so if you can get your hands on a piece, go for it. Take a look in antique stores, construction recycling centers, and architectural salvage yards.
- Fill Your Space with Plants
We probably don’t even need to go into detail with this one. Filling a space with greens brings loads of liveliness to your indoor living space. Line the windowsills with them, cover the floor with gorgeous indoor pots, whatever you prefer to make your rooms look warm and welcoming.
- Mixing the Old with the New
If you like a little old with a little new, you could combine your dining space with an older dining table and modern chairs. The result is a warm and inviting space for family and friends to gather around meals.
- Using Family Heirlooms
A charming patchwork quilt of Persian rug can take a bedroom back in time. Beautiful antique rugs can make a lounge look inviting, too. An old quilt draped over an armchair or sofa makes the room feel more comfortable.
Do you have any items from your childhood that you loved and are stored away? Whether its books, a lamp, or a painting, these items can give your home a whole new soul.
- New Rugs
Well-chosen rugs, be it an area rug, outdoor rug, or shag rug can create a range of different spaces and effects to a room.
Whether you want to make a room pop, create a cozier reading space, or divide the room into different sections, Plush Rugs is sure to have the perfect choice for you. Take a look at our online store.