Moving into a smaller space doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the comfort and feeling of home. It’s a chance to start fresh and prioritise the important things in your life. Bringing your much-loved and most meaningful furniture and décor will create a beautiful space that feels just right. And it’s much easier (and cheaper) than you think.
While your new home will likely be smaller than the one you’re leaving, downsizing comes with many new opportunities. This is especially true when it comes to furnishing your home. Now you don’t have to worry about finding a place to store old trombones and sporting equipment for the kids. This time, you can make your space entirely your own.
With so many amenities at your doorstep, there are many things you won’t need to squeeze in any more. You probably won’t need the extra space for a home gym or library because many villages have these in their community centres. And you won’t need a backyard pool, big work shed or home theatre because many villages have community pools, workshops and cinema nights.
With fewer pieces of furniture to worry about, it’s time to think about the pieces that really matter. And to start afresh without unnecessary clutter. So don’t think of it as downsizing - you are rightsizing to match your changing needs.
Well-chosen furniture can make all the difference to the comfort and feel of your space. You could keep your favourite couch, but consider investing in a smaller dining table. A round table without sharp edges and more supportive chairs will be ideal for the future, both for your safety and that of any young grandchildren who might visit.
Once you've sorted the furniture, it’s easy to structure the rest of your interior design around those key pieces. Soft furnishings like throw rugs and decorative pillows can completely transform the look of your space.
The first step in designing your décor is selecting your colour scheme. Pick a key colour from one of your favourite accent pieces (like a painting or vase). Then bring it through the rest of your home using carefully selected soft furnishings.
Emotional responses to colour can impact moods and comfort levels, so be selective. Opt for blues colours to bring your space to life.
When the weather becomes cooler, adding textures to your home will give it an extra warm feel. Play around with what feels and looks best. And don't be afraid to experiment.
Mixing patterns and textures within the same colour palette will keep things interesting. Contrast soft wool and big knit throws with velvet cushions and embroidered fabrics. But try to avoid busy patterns, which can make a space look smaller and more crowded than necessary.
One of the best ways to make your new place really feel like home is to bring in personal touches. You could create a feature around the things that matter the most to you.
Maybe you’re incorporating a painting or a timeless piece of furniture that you’ve always loved. Or maybe you’re a musician and want to create a space to play your beloved instrument. Or it could be as simple as creating a photo wall filled with memories (be sure to leave space for photos of the wonderful memories you’ll make in your new home).
If you need help putting nails in the wall to hang your paintings or photos, reach out to your village team. They’d be happy to help.
The most important part of interior styling for your retirement home is to have fun with it all. Stay true to your vision for your space. Combine your favourite timeless pieces with a few unique accents and stunning soft furnishings to make your new house your home.
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