When moving into a house that is new to you, you will likely want to make some changes that best suit you and your family. Making your new house into a home that fits the ebb and flow of your family life results in a space that you can all enjoy. Whether you decide to install new flooring, paint a room or many rooms, remodel a space or redecorate, there are many things you can do to make your new house a home that fits your family.
1. Change the Flooring
One of the many ways to remodel your new house in order to make it a home that suits your family is to change the flooring. By changing the flooring, you customize the home to what you like and what works for your family’s activities. For example, hardwood flooring warms a room by bringing in the soothing colors of wood and a smooth, comfortable surface on which to live and play. Hardwood flooring can be completely customized with patterns, styles and thickness to suit your needs and wants.
2. Update the Kitchen Appliances
Another quick change you can make is to update your kitchen appliances. This is especially helpful if the current appliances are outdated or otherwise do not suit the needs of your family. For example, a large family with many children would need a bigger range or refrigerator than a couple whose children have grown and moved away. Adding a bar or kitchen island can bring life into kitchen, one of the most used rooms in the house.
3. Paint the Walls
Painting the walls, a color that pleases the room’s new occupants is a great and rather inexpensive way to take ownership of a new home. Warm colors suit a cozy kitchen and living room while bright colors liven up a playroom or rec room, making these spaces inviting and comfortable for those who now live there and share the space together.
4. Install New Window Treatments
Choosing fresh, new window treatments can bring a brand new feel to a room. Whether you choose curtains, blinds or shades, installing window treatments that suit the room and the occupants is a great way to make a house your home. If the room is a bedroom where someone sleeps during the daylight hours, try blackout curtains to keep the room dark and inviting for sleep. If privacy is not a factor, leave the living room or rec room windows uncovered for natural light during the day. Natural light brightens any space any time of the year.
5. Add Personal Touches
In addition to improvements and specifications, such as hardwood flooring, new curtains, updated appliances, and so much more, the most important way to make your new house a home is the addition of your personal touches. Furniture, pictures of family and friends – things that are special to you and those who live there. Making your new house a home is a family project that everyone can chime in on as well as pitch in to help. Before you move, write down the elements of your old home that you will always cherish. Seek input from all family members. Make it yours, and everyone can enjoy the new home you have created together.
Erin Devine is a guest contributor on behalf of Floor & Decor Outlets, a superstore of all things flooring and tile. She also maintains her own blog about interior design and home renovation, DIY Home & Floor.