You’ve packed all your things into a van and collected your keys, which can only mean one thing: moving day has finally arrived and you’ll soon be in your new home. Whether you’re renting or buying, it can take a while for the space to feel like your own. After the key pieces of furniture have been added, you only need a few things to make your house look and feel like a home. A sprinkling of accessories such as rugs, cushions and lamps here and there can make such a difference, whether you’re living in a small cottage or a large period townhouse. If you’re moving house during the colder months, here’s how you can put your stamp on a new home whilst also making it warm and welcoming.
It’s difficult deciding where to start if your new home is unfurnished. We’d recommend choosing your rugs first as they take up a large amount of space but make a great starting point for creating a scheme from scratch in an empty room. You could opt for a colourful geometric print, a bold monochrome weave or an understated, neutral design – the choice is yours. Faux fur and goat hair rugs are popular choices for winter as they warm up your home (as well as your feet) and are super tactile. If you’re moving during summer, you might want to consider a colourful, lightweight rug that could double up as a throw or picnic blanket. Throws are also excellent way to bring colour and texture to a barren space. “Throw” in a blanket for a bold, wintery look, such as a classic red design or a faux fur throw. Our collection of faux fur throws come with a realistic pelt on one side, and a colourful velvet lining on the other. They can also be used over summer when you’ll be spending more time socialising al fresco and may need to wrap up when the night draws in. Once you’ve covered your floors and furniture with a layer of colour, it’s time to pick out a few cushion covers to create a focal point and add accent detailing. Velvet cushions are perfect for winter, a season which has us gravitating towards comfortable, tactile fabrics that will keep us warm. It’s such a lavish, luxurious material – guaranteed to give your home a regal edge - and you only need a small amount to create a big impact. We love this damson velvet cushion, which would be great for the colder months (but will look super all year round). For tips on how to style cushions, take a peek at our colour your home with cushions infographic.
You’ll always remember the first Christmas spent in your new home, and there’s nothing that gives a room a more warm and welcoming ambience than candles. Pillar candles, scented candles, and even LED candles all help create a relaxing living space. Our Alpine Forest scent is perfect if you’ve chosen an artificial tree or wish your entire home could smell like Christmas. Scent is one of the first things you notice when you walk into a room, so it’s important to choose a timeless home fragrance that you and your guests will love. Even if you don’t have time with the big house move to get a Christmas tree, you can still make your home feel festive. Use Christmas decorations to jazz up your mantelpiece, windowsills and tables; add swags of faux garlands along bannisters or around doorways; or pop a wreath on your front door. Gold accessories such as decorative bowls, coasters or candle holders can also add that little touch of Christmas that your home needs, and you can still use them throughout your home when the new year arrives.
If you still can’t put your finger on why your house isn’t looking homely, perhaps you need to invest in some lamps. Good lighting can make all the difference in any space. Stock your home full of ceiling lamps, table lamps and wall lamps - matching them with the correct light bulbs to make your home feel warm and inviting. Dimmable lighting is a real game changer; it creates atmosphere and gives you more use out of each of your rooms. With this type of lighting, you get the best of both – a bright, airy space during the day and an intimate, ambient hideaway to retreat to on a cold winter’s night.
Lamps are often overlooked, which is a real shame as good lighting will completely elevate a room. They can be merged seamlessly into a scheme and double up as decorative objects; choose from a sculptural silhouette, classic ceramic number or a cluster of industrial-chic hanging lamps – the possibilities are endless. When choosing lamps for a new home, consider the function of each room, how much light you will need and the type of mood you want to create. For example, in the kitchen, you’ll want to place task lighting in areas where you’ll be preparing food, whereas a bedroom requires softer accent lighting for reading and relaxation.
Once you have given your walls a fresh coat of paint, hang pictures and prints that make you happy. Create an eclectic vibe by decorating your walls with everything from contemporary sketches to classical paintings. Stock up on a few photo frames to bring a personal touch to your home. For tips on how to hang pictures, prints and photographs like a professional, have a read of our interview with Claudia Kennaugh of Catharine Miller Gallery. Similarly, when it comes to choosing decorative art for your home, a beautiful mirror can be just as effective as a painting.
For final flourishes, consider dressing your consoles and coffee tables with books, magazines and vases of faux flowers. Recreating familiar sights can help when it comes to settling into a new place. There are lots of other little, effortless things you can do to make your new house feel homely - we’ve only just scratched the surface. Hopefully, we’ve given you a few ideas and you’ve already started planning what you’re going to do with each room in your new abode. To get started, have a look at our soft furnishings and decorative accessories.