When you make the move to a lifestyle village, it’s the start of an exciting new chapter.
You’ll be part of a community of like-minded people, and because your new home requires less maintenance, you’ll have more time to do what you enjoy.
But it’s also a big change – so to help you adjust and make your new house feel like home, put some time in to decorating to give it a personal touch.
There are lots of simple ways you can add small details to make your new home cosy and comfortable. Here are three decorating tips to help get you started.
Pick Your Style
A new home is a clean slate which is an exciting prospect. So, will you stick with your old style or go for something new? Most residents will keep the furniture from their existing home to save money. Plus, having your favourite armchair or couch to relax in gives your new place a familiar and cosy feel. But if you’re like most over 55s and are downsizing from the family home to a smaller village house, you’ll likely need to make a few tough decisions on what you can and can’t take.
On the other hand, you may feel that now is the perfect time to upgrade your furniture, especially if your current pieces are too big to fit nicely in your new place. But replacing everything will be expensive, even if you shop smart and find some bargains. That’s why a good option is to bring your favourite pieces of existing furniture and add a few choice new ones to freshen things up.
Your new home will be smaller than you’re used to, so you’ll need to be prepared. Before packing your things for the move, spend some time decluttering your belongings. Be brave and donate or give away the things you don’t use or need anymore. You’ll have less to pack, less to move and it will be much easier to find room for everything in your new home.
When setting up your new place, be mindful of the size and shape of your furniture. You might find you need to replace some of your existing items with smaller versions. For example, you may have a large dining setting and a big couch and need to downsize one or the other. If this is the case, think about how you live and prioritise the most used and important items. If you rarely entertain guests for a meal, but enjoy watching movies with the grandkids on the couch, go for a smaller dining set and keep your big comfy couch.
Add the Finishing Touches
Once you’ve got everything unpacked and the furniture set up, you can add some finishing touches to tie it all together. Bring some colour and textures into your home with cushions, throws, lamps and rugs. You might take inspiration from your favourite colours or a particular theme like country style or shabby chic. You could even add a splash of paint, some shelves or some new curtains. The possibilities are endless and you don’t need to spend a lot to see great results. You’ll be amazed at the difference even a few well-chosen small additions can make to a room.
It’s also a good idea to think about the future. Make sure any decorating decisions you make will work for you now and in the years to come. As we get older, daily tasks and getting around can become more and more challenging, so if there are opportunities to add features that will make life easier, be sure to include them.
Moving at any stage of your life is a big adjustment – but downsizing to a house in a lifestyle village after many years in the family home can be especially challenging. Putting some thought into decorating your new home can make a huge difference to your level of comfort straight away. So, follow these tips to add your own touch and style to your new house – and you’ll feel settled in and right at home before you know it.
Over to You
Have you got some simple decorating ideas that could transform a new lifestyle village house into a cosy home? We’d love you to share.
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