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4 tips to make a new home your own

By Claire Briggs
In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gale said: “There’s no place like home.” But when you’ve just been handed the keys to your new residential property from your agent, you may find it doesn’t quite feel like home yet. It’s up to you to inject your personality and add finishing touches to the space to make it your own.
Here are four tips to make your brand new property feel just like home:

Hang up your pictures

Nothing personalises a space more than pictures of you, your friends, pets and family members. Hanging up portraits and photos of your loved ones can go a long way to help you put your personal touches in your home and make it feel like your own space.
Think of hanging these up in areas you spend a lot of time in, like the lounge, bedrooms or dining rooms.

Get creative with colours and patterns

Are you an energetic, bubbly person who loves to be loud? Or are you a quiet bookworm who enjoys simply designed rooms? When you’re making your home your own, colours, patterns and textures are three great tools to personalise spaces.
Energetic people may opt for bold colours like red and oranges, while others may enjoy more subdued tones such as creams or pale blues. The same goes for patterns – bold personalities might be attracted to bold designs such as chevron or stripes.

Focus on the rooms that count

Your bedroom is one part of your home that you’ll spend a lot of time in. It’s also the one area many people will place a lot of effort to get it looking right. From sheets, duvet covers, mirrors to books, it’s natural to be picky about what is displayed in your bedroom and where.
The lounge is another place to focus on. This is the room where you spend evenings with family or entertaining your guests, so it makes sense to put a lot of effort into making this area comfortable and inviting.

Don’t be afraid to knock things down

You shouldn’t be scared to make a few changes to your home here and there to get it looking the way you want. If you’re one of those people who loves to have guests around, consider an open plan kitchen and dining area or a covered deck. If you have kids (or are planning to!), you might want to add a breakfast bar so you can enjoy a quick, easy meal in the morning.
Moving into a new home is like painting on an empty canvas – you’ve got to add some colour, design and your own personal flair to get it looking picture perfect.

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