How to Put a Personal Stamp on a New Home – in 9 Homely Ways


How to Put a Personal Stamp on a New Home

Putting a personal stamp on your new home can become one of the more pressing tasks when you move into a new place. You want to make sure that the space immediately feels like it belongs to you and that it’s tailored to the needs of your entire family. But that’s often easier said than done.

In this article, we’re going to highlight some of the things you can do to make sure that your new house feels like a home. Somewhere you and your family belong and where you feel truly at ease. Each of the ideas below will help you get a step closer to that end goal, and that is to make a house a home. But not just any home, specifically and uniquely yours!


How to Put a Personal Stamp on a New Home – in 9 Homely Ways


How to Put a Personal Stamp on a New Home - Use Themes

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Use Themes

Choosing the themes that you’re going to build the design and decor of each room around is the perfect way to start making the most of your new space. And because the themes you choose can be whatever you want them to be, it’s definitely a prominent way to put your own stamp on your new home.

But remember – don’t jump in too quickly when it comes to making changes to your home. Jumping in too quickly is often the biggest mistake you can make!

Live in it a while and get a really good feel of it. As well as needing to understand the best flow to your home, you also need to know what’s going to work when it comes to choosing the colours you put on its walls and floors. And so choosing the theme colours and textures of certain rooms throughout your home might just be influenced by how much sun it gets in the morning, or how much traffic it sees throughout the day.


How to Put a Personal Stamp on a New Home - DIY Projects

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Take on Some DIY Projects

One good way to make your new house feel more like a home is to carry out some DIY projects. Maybe there are some minor aspects of your new home that you’re not quite happy with.

By carrying out these changes yourself, you’ll start to feel more of a connection to your home. Your home will also feel more suited to the needs of you and your family, which of course is an ultimate step to putting your stamp on it.

So think of some DIY projects you feel are necessary and within the scope of your skills, and start working on them as soon as you can.


How to Put a Personal Stamp on a New Home - Kitchen and Dining Space Design

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Shape Your Kitchen and Dining Space to Your Needs

Shaping your kitchen and dining space to your needs and making sure it does everything your family needs it to do is the key to a happy family space.

You’ll want to make sure that the space functions correctly and aligns with your priorities. For example, perhaps it’s important to your family to have both a kitchen island that your children can sit at for breakfast, but also a larger family dining space for evening meals. Every family has unique priorities, so make your kitchen design and dining space work for you.


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How to Put a Personal Stamp on a New Home - Heirlooms

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Proudly Display Any Heirlooms

If you have certain items and furniture pieces that have been in the family for a long time, and are considered family heirlooms, you’ll probably want to introduce them to your new space. And you’ll want to make them feel a natural part of this space too.

When you work out which rooms, positions and places your special and sentimental heirlooms look best in and feel most natural in, you’ll find that your home immediately feels more like a place that belongs to you. And that’s exactly what you need when you first move into your new home.


How to Put a Personal Stamp on a New Home - Print Special Photos

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Print Some Special Photos and Hang Them Prominently

Every family has special moments and fond memories that bind individual members of the family together. These are the positive moments that stand out when you look back at years gone by. So why not take some of those special moments in the form of photos, get new prints made, and hang them on the walls of your home?

When you’re surrounded by photos of special moments in your family’s past, it’ll start feeling more like ‘your’ home in no time. You can get canvas prints here if you like to mix framed family photos and canvas prints together. You can even create a special photo and printed art wall by combining the best of both!


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How to Put a Personal Stamp on a New Home - Experiment with Decor

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Experiment with Decor

How to put a personal stamp on a new home? Well, a little experimentation can go a long way. If you’re willing to try lots of new things for short periods of time, you’ll soon find the solution that’s works best.

But what kind of experiments are we talking about? We’re not suggesting your set up a science lab. No! Think of experiments in terms of furniture arrangements, swapping bedrooms, moving living spaces. Experiments like these can really open up your eyes to what your home can offer you.


How to Put a Personal Stamp on a New Home - Find Unique Touches

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Find Some Unique Touches

Finding items that are unique can help you feel greater ownership over your space purely because it’ll feel less generic. You don’t want your home to end up looking like every other home out there. But that’s exactly what can happen when you choose generic items from the same stores that everyone buys their home decor from. Instagram is awash with homes that all look like the same ‘show house’.

Don’t let yourself fall into that trap. Look for items made by individuals who make one of a kind creations. And go thrift shopping, visit antique stores, or bid at local auctions to find even more interesting options. That’s how to put a personal stamp on a new home!


Further Reading: An Independent Irish Art, Design & Interiors Shops Directory


How to Put a Personal Stamp on a New Home - Travel Mementos and Souvenirs

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Display Travel Mementos and Souvenirs

A nice way to make your space feel more personal is to display your travel mementos and souvenirs in some way. Of course, there are so many different ways in which you can do this. You might want to think about framing travel photos or displaying items on open shelving.

Whether you prefer a minimalist approach or maximalist, a personal reminder of travel and adventure should always bring a smile to your face, even if it’s just a seashell from a local beach!


How to Put a Personal Stamp on a New Home Travel Souvenirs

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Don’t Fill it With Clutter Right Away

‘How to Put a Personal Stamp on a New Home?’ Well one important stamp you don’t want in your ‘turning a house into a home passport’ is the clutter stamp. And there’s always a big risk that you’ll fill up your home with possessions that you brought with you from your old house.

And although surrounding yourself with familiar items can make your home feel more special and specific to you, you’ll also run the risk of making it feel cluttered and messy and that’s not what you want.

Our advice: don’t hoard. If you don’t use it, won’t use it, and it’s not of any value,  sentimental or otherwise, then get rid of it. Give it away to someone who needs it, or wants it, a family member or friend. Sell it, there are plenty of websites you can advertise it for free. Give it to charity. Recycle or reuse it. Just don’t home it.


Putting your own personal stamp on a new home is important. If you don’t take the time to make the right changes, your new house won’t feel like home.

Try some of the ideas above until you find the right balance. And share some more in the comments below if you have more!


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