Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.
Wedding season is over, which means that move-in season has officially begun. During this time of year, many couples are trading in prenuptial stress for the excitement of a joint home lease or purchase.
While investment items, such as a couch or a bed, might be at the top of your move-in list, don’t forget that it’s often the smallest items that turn a house into a home. These eight additions will make your first place together functional and cozy as you navigate the brand-new world of cohabitation.
Set the tone of your home before you even walk inside with a welcome mat. Whether it’s traditional or emblazoned with a quirky saying, a sturdy welcome mat is sure to add a little personality to your threshold and minimize the amount of dirt you track into your home.
What could be more adult than hanging up your coat, scarf or bag when you walk in the door? If your new place doesn’t have a small closet near the front or back door, hang a few hooks to keep everything looking neat, organized and easy to find.
When you’ve got two people living in the same place, it becomes twice as difficult to find small, important things like car keys or cell phones. Commit to placing a catch-all tray in a high-traffic part of your home, and use it religiously!
Pull your home together with a handful of fun throw pillows. Experiment with layering different textures, colors and sizes to create a look that’s all your own. Throw pillows are also an easy way to incorporate seasonal shades into your living room and bedroom without breaking the bank. Hello, fall jewel tones!
Create an inviting ambiance in your home with a varied selection of lighting. Instead of settling for stark overhead lighting, light your home with table lamps, floor lamps or even wall-mounted sconces. Not only will your rooms be well-lit, but you’ll also have another chance to show off your home décor style.
Regardless of size, your home isn’t complete without a personal touch. Put the memories you’ve made with your sweetie on display in the form of framed photos. For a youthful, contemporary look, play around with hanging frames of different sizes and shapes together to create a gallery wall. Have a few pieces of artwork? Mix those in, too!
A grown-up home isn’t complete without a few matching table settings. Whether it’s just the two of you or you’re planning on entertaining often, a complete table setting with a placemat, plate, glass and flatware is the sign of a mature, fully-outfitted abode.
Last but not least, don’t forget a nice set of sheets! In my opinion, there’s nothing that refreshes a bedroom and induces sweet dreams better than crisp, new bed linens. Before you shop, determine whether you want a cooling or warming weave to ensure you choose the right set for you and your partner.
Have you mastered the art of cohabitation? Tell us about the items that were essential to your first home together in the comments below!