Ending a marriage or a long-term relationship in which you lived with your partner can be a difficult web to untangle. If you end up as a single in the space that you’ve always shared with someone else, making it feel like home again is important.
Once you have decided to put the breakup or the divorce solicitors behind you, approach the task at hand with a renewed vigor. Making over your home can be a chance to display your creativity and resilience.
What’s more, it doesn’t even have to be expensive. Here’s how you can restyle your personal space to reflect your new outlook.
Take to the Internet and blogs like Love Chic Living for inspiration
Have you ever seen a photo of a home that gave you an idea for a new project that you wanted to start? Well, now you have your chance. If you have a basic idea of what you want to do, or if you’re searching for inspiration to get started, try using websites like Pinterest or Tumblr to get ideas from other do-it-yourselfers.
Work with what you have
At a time when you may not have the financial resources to invest in a home makeover, you can effect a huge change in the feel of your house by simply moving items around. Rearranging furniture can open up a space and encourage you to spend time in rooms that you barely noticed before. But this isn’t just limited to large pieces of furniture. You can also make certain areas of your home look different by bringing in decorative accents, like candles and vases, from other rooms. Think of moving lamps, paintings or even pillows from room to room.
Start with a focal point
A new set of curtains to frame a large window or a re-upholstered sofa in a printed fabric can be a transformational beginning. Whether you want to add light, incorporate new hues or make the colour palette of your home “warmer” or “cooler”, you should begin with one concept, such as putting down a new rug or painting the walls, so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the task.
Mix the old with the new
One way to make your home restyling a therapeutic experience is by getting rid of painful reminders and replacing them with items that invoke peace and contentment. Try swapping out old photos for your favourite piece of artwork, or bring in potted plants to introduce life into your common areas.
Redesigning your home is symbolic of a fresh start, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rely on the help of old friends and family. And if you plan on moving heavy pieces of furniture or painting, help is not only a cheerful way to approach your project but it’s also absolutely necessary. Call up friends, put on music and make a party of it. There’s no better way to embark on this new style journey — and life journey.