After a move, it can take a few days to feel settled into your new place. Once the boxes are unpacked, the kettle has been found and you’ve had a good night’s sleep, you’ll be no doubt keen to start making your new apartment a real home for yourself. So with that in mind, here are our top tips for getting the hygge* feeling in your new apartment.
*a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
1) Hang some wall art.
A quick and easy way to add some personality and depth to your home is by getting some art on the walls. By surrounding yourself with things you like, you’ll feel more at home in no time. Plus, research has shown that just looking at art can reduce stress and make you happy!
2) Go Green
It’s hard to deny the positive impacts of nature. Plants are calming, de-stressing and so pretty to look at. So get some greenery in your new apartment and start feeling the benefits. Don’t worry, if you’re a notorious plant-killer, there are loads of low-maintenance houseplants out there that are hardy enough to withstand a bit of neglect!
3) Invest in soft Furnishings.
Small finishing touches are really what make somewhere feel like home. That one blanket you use for your Sunday afternoon nap. The rug that keeps your feet warm in the bedroom. And that cushion your pet has claimed as their own. It’s these soft furnishings that make your home feel comfortable, cosy and safe.
4) Add some mood lighting.
You wouldn’t believe how quickly you can transform a room with some well placed lamps. Rather than having just one main source of lighting in your living room (the big light as we call it in Manchester…) you can create little pockets of light throughout the room to make it cosier. Warm shades of white or yellow promote relaxation and give you that hygge feeling!
5) Bring your pet along.
Many apartments don’t allow pets, which we think is a real shame. Whilst they’re not decorations, you can’t call a place home without them! Cuddles on the sofa at the end of the day, weekend adventures, lazy Saturdays – life’s better when you’ve got your furry friend by your side. So, if you’re looking for pet friendly apartments to rent in Manchester, then why not check out what Affinity Living has to offer?