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Buying your first home is an amazing achievement in itself so certainly give yourself some credit first off. What’s next is transforming your first house into a real home and incorporating everything within it that truly feels like you. Let’s be honest, you’ve already spent a great deal of money on a deposit and had to switch to Tesco’s own brand food for the best year to boost your funds so you probably don’t have the biggest budget when it comes to the interior. But whether you’ve gone for shared ownership in London, help to buy in Harrow or you’ve saved for your first flat in Manchester you can kit out your home to really make it feel like your own. And the best bit is, it very much is!

Bedroom interior with sage green and white sheets and cushions and a blanket. Black metal table with vases beside the bed. A lamp standing in the corner. Real photo.

Plants, plants and more plants

I can’t stress to you enough how plants just stop you stressing altogether. They instantly give your home that real calming feeling even when there’ a hundred and one things going on at once. You really don’t need to have green fingers for this either, you can be a previous serial plant killer and still get away with displaying some horticultural features. Just choose an easy, low maintenance plant that doesn’t need much watering such as cacti, bamboo or Aloe Vera. Not only will they give you a boost of vitality in your home with their air purifying qualities, but they go with just about any look too. So kit out the gaff with some green accessories and you’ll be amazed at the impact it has.

Don’t be afraid of wallpaper

A lot of us are a little anxious when it comes to getting the wallpaper paste out but wallpaper really gives a home an injection of personality. A splash of colourful geometric design in a less than exciting living room can really give your home a sense of character and comfort at a fairly low cost. Forget creating a feature wall with a whole load of picture frames, art and shelves, wallpaper instantly brings your room to life and you can even pay someone else to do it for you! 

Time to throw in the throw

If there’s one thing that’s going to bring warmth and cosiness into your home it’s throws. Yep, those soft blanketty things you can get from just about any supermarket, home store or B&M are a life changer. Whether you’re curling up on the couch in your house under shared ownership in Kent or you’re staggering back from a heavy night to your flat in Brighton city centre, knowing there’s a throw nearby to swaddle away your worries is on another level of comfy. 

Lower the lights 

One thing our brains are programmed to associate with comfort is light. Warmer light makes us feel warmer and cooler light makes us feel cooler, it’s a fact. And if there’s anything that gives our home that cosy homely warm light feels, it’s fairy lights. Another addition you can get from pretty much everywhere for next to nothing, fairy lights warm up a room and give it that enchanting feel without the fairies. You can do the same with candles as long as you don’t burn your house down or big lampshades strategically placed in your space. Drape them along mantelpieces, the back of the bed along the skirting boards or the bottom of the TV stand for a cosy glow whatever the weather, time of day or occasion. 

So there we have it, four easy ways to touch up your home in the cosiest way possible. You’ve achieved so much by buying your first property so treat yourself and give the interior a hug from the inside out.

Bought your first property? 4 Ways to make it feel like home

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