That time has come when you have finally transitioned from renter to owner -a grand ‘pat on the back’ moment. Now what? You’ve secured your property, tidied up loose ends, packed up, made your move, and you have finally arrived. How do you make your house a home? Try our suggestions.

CHANGE YOUR DESIGN DIRECTION

If you’ve been renting for a while, or if you’ve lived in properties that you knew were not destined to be your ‘forever home’, chances are you’ve not designed or considered your décor in great detail – up to now, that is, and understandably so. With a quick visual snapshot of your previous home(s) it’s also highly likely that you’ve entertained a few different layouts, designs, and decorating faux pas in your lifetime, with the excuse that “one day, I’ll do this properly”. That one-day has arrived, and it’s time to get excited about designing the interior of your new home!New beginnings require fresh starts, so it’s important that you choose a design direction that represents this new chapter of your life.

-Were you a fan of feature walls, chocolate timber furniture and shaggy pile rugs?We’d recommend you leave those where they belong; in the past, because now you have well and truly moved on, and you have a brand new home that requires some decorating love and respect!

LET’S GO FURNITURE SHOPPING

Change design direction by intentionally creating a look and feel for your interior décor, which is unified and consistent throughout your home. When you’re inspecting a new home design, very quickly it becomes apparent that your current collection of furniture is not going to match your new home, so surrender the idea of making them fit.

Prior to moving in, make a conscious decision to discard bits and pieces of furniture you have collected over time, unless they have real sentimental or aesthetic value they need to go. Now is the time to shop for furniture that meets the spatial requirements of your new home, and will help create that harmonious ‘at home’ feel. The key pieces to invest in are those that receive frequent use throughout the home and consequently these are the bigger items on the list. We recommend tailoring your interiors with a new sofa, occasional tables, and a new dining suite, because these are the statement pieces that need to be chosen based on your current dimensions. That sofa you loved ten years ago has probably been through a few moves, it has a tired look, and admit it…you struggled to make it work with every other property you had moved into, so why make it work now?

OVERCOME COLOUR RESISTANCE

The days of asking permission from your landlord to paint a room are now behind you.

This is perhaps one of the most exciting ways to make your house a home, by choosing wall colour that represents your aesthetic. However, it’s very easy to get comfortable with colour, almost to the point of feeling stuck. Personal preferences aside, this occurs when a favourite hue becomes a colour staple for a lengthened period of time. This is what we call ‘colour resistance’, in other words it’s the reluctance to consider a varied or new colour palette. As design trends evolve so does your relationship with colour even though you may not consciously know it. Overcoming colour resistance requires you to look at your space with fresh eyes, accepting that it’s ok to dabble outside the parameters of safety. So, it’s time to let go of that mocha feature wall you once loved, and consider hues that will compliment your current home design and lifestyle.

REFLECT

Mirrors are the ultimate optical illusion for a tiny space. Use a vignette of mirrors to reflect the available light in your home, and if your budget allows why not create an entire mirror wall, just like you would with wallpaper but using large mirror panels instead; these can be custom measured and installed for you.

BREATHE NEW AIR INTO YOUR HOME

Soften awkward corners, fill empty spaces, and create interesting focal points with interior plants. Greenery brings visual beauty, texture and good energy into a home. Forget the inoniser, because with a little TLC plants naturally filter the air of your home, and are capable of even removing harmful air borne toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene and other components of gasoline exhaust that can migrate into your home, especially if you have an attached garage.

Create visual displays by stacking plants with uniformity and repetition. Invest in mature interior plants such as kentia palms, which extend all the way up to the ceiling in order to create the ultimate illusion of height, and use hardly phalaenopsis orchids for a touch of luxury and glam.

 IT’S TIME TO INVEST IN ARTWORK

Adding artwork to your home for the first time is much like a teenager maturing into an adult! Artwork is the one aesthetic element that is always left last, mainly because most home owners don’t consider it as a must have, especially after spending big on other areas of the home. But we all know that feeling we get when we walk into a space that is well designed with hanging installations and artwork throughout the home – it’s different, it oozes personality, and it feels complete!

The impact of a large piece of abstract or photographic artwork creates the perfect illusion, making even the average sized spaces seem significantly larger. Choose artwork that features bold patterns, with hues that compliment your existing colour palette whilst introducing a subtle pop of accent colour.

There is no greater feeling, than nesting into your new home. It’s one you chose and put a lot of energy into and it’s the space where you will build new memories with friends, loved ones, and the community around you. Honour this new beginning with a fresh look and don’t forget to have fun whilst creating it!

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This blog post is proudly sponsored by Stockland; Australia’s leading residential developer.