How to Make a New House Feel Homey After Moving

Last updated on August 19th, 2022 at 05:05 pm

A new house doesn't feel like home right away. Here are some things you can do to help speed up the process.

How to Make a New House Feel Homey After Moving

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Sometimes it can even take months to get you used to your new house and to feel at home after moving. It’s essential to make it feel homey as soon as possible as it can make you feel uncomfortable, unhappy and unpleasant. And these are some feelings that you want to avoid at your home. You have to evoke positive vibes as well as to feel safe and warm when you’re at home.

However, if you’re not there yet – don’t worry – we have some simple tips that can bring you a feeling of coziness and ease at your home. Take a look at some useful ways to make a cozy home.

1. Hang Artwork and Cherished Memories

Hanging artwork and also some cherished memories is usually one of the last things we do when moving. But actually, this is something we should do right away for a few reasons. As recent research shows, looking at art helps you reduce stress and it makes you feel happy.

Hanging some particular artwork that you find beautiful, stunning, or puzzling can bring your personality and style into your home. Essentially, there is a link between surrounding yourself with things that make you feel happy and a homey feeling.

Hanging some cherished memories, especially from childhood or with dear people can evoke feelings of safety and warmth, as it reminds us of our first home with our parents.

2. Keep it Clean and Organized

Everybody loves and enjoys the feeling of a clean, fresh and neatly organized home. As it depends on you, make sure that you keep it that way.

It might be easy for you when you move to a new home because you need to start from the beginning. It’s extremely difficult to feel comfortable in a place that’s cluttered and dirty. The first step to make your home feel cozy is to make it clean first.

The physical space around you can affect the state of your mind – you can’t feel relaxed if the mess is all around you. You can do that by finding a place for everything as well as washing your bedding and sheets regularly as well as the floors and all the other surfaces.

3. Upgrade the Bathroom

Upgrading the bathroom and changing some features can make you feel at home as well. There are a few things that you might consider modifying.

For starters, change the shower curtain and make it personalized. Add some fluffy and soft, good-quality towels – you can also customize these. Consider upgrading the shower or the tub so you can enjoy a nice, hot shower or a relaxing bubble bath every evening.

Woman taking bath in bathtub

Think about bidets – adding one will certainly improve your family’s health and offer some useful features such as warming the seat, the water, and even giving you a massage.

What you can also do, is to create an atmosphere with dimmable lighting, scented candles as well as some green plants.

4. Add Some Greenery

Both plants and animals are well-known to impact our mood positively. So, if you haven’t got any plants in your new home yet, it’s high time you did so.

We can bring nature closer to us with its calming effects by introducing some green plants and blooming flowers into our new home. Depending on how good you are at keeping your plants alive, you can choose greenery with different levels of demand for care.

You can put some herbs on your kitchen window and use them as fresh spices, and you can also buy yourself fresh flowers every week and put them up on your table. These small things will instantly make your house feel more like home.

5. Consider Lighting

Fluorescent, as well as insufficient lighting, don’t work well for your home. To create a homier feeling, you should light your home with natural lighting as much as possible.

As far as artificial lighting is concerned, make sure that you use warm lighting or white-yellow lighting to promote feelings of relaxation and easiness.

Any space can feel homier with some additional lights such as lamps, sconces and string lights. Dimmers are also a great option as they help you adjust the strength of lights and create a cozy atmosphere.

When having the desire to make your new house feel like a true home, you should think about the things that make you feel happy and relaxed, warm and cozy and apply them to achieve this feeling as soon as possible.


Alison Pearson is an interior design student. She is a content creator, but her ultimate passion is design and creation. She is also a bibliophile and her favorite book is "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner. Follow her on Twitter.

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