Easy ways to personalise your new home

Moving home is one of the most stressful things you do in your life. However, once you've moved in you may find that the rooms still feel like someone else's home rather than yours. It's easy to personalise the rooms, even on a tight budget and without having to get a paint brush out!

Red, orange and peach living room with grey sofa and armchair

Real Simple

Throw some of your favourite colours in a room with cushions, throws and rugs.

Colorful living room with light green wall and hints of pink, cream and beige


Hang up your pictures to cover walls. if you don't have any, try using cheap posters. They're usually quite large and can make you feel at home. Photographs of family, friends, holidays etc. are another great way to make a room personal to you.

Cream and dark blue living room, with cream arm chair and brown sofa


Change the lighting. Rather than use the central ceiling light, place table lamps or floor lamps in dark corners. This type of lighting is far less harsh on the eye and won't remind you that the room needs decorating!

Beige living room with patterned roman blind in front of a large window

Fresh Home

Swap the window treatment. Go for blinds, blackout ones are good if your new home is in a town or city with busy night-life. Alternatively, embrace the new outside vibrancy and do away with traditional style curtains and opt for voiles. These lightweight panels will let the outside lights show through and give you the privacy you need.

Toiletries displayed on a toilet, as well as wooden framed black and white photo

Oak Furniture Land

Spruce up the bathroom by adding a collection of your favourite toiletries.

Three vases with red liquid in them and flowers, in front of white shutters

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Add flowers to bring colour and fragrance to the rooms. Freesias smell wonderful and aren't too large and overpowering.

Books and candles on a coffee table, in front of a leather sofa

M First Home

Light some scented candles to rid the room of the previous owner's smells – particularly useful if the house had pets living in it!

White and grey home office, with traditional white desk

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Change the room's function. Just because your new home has a dining room doesn’t mean you have to put a table and chairs in it. Use it as a playroom, home office or anything that you want!

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