A Plant. Something leafy and alive brightens a corner, adds some texture and gives you something to talk to. Here are some that are good for dark spaces.
Some Art. There's nothing like a piece of art hung on the wall to make a space feel purposeful. Plus, for us, it made us feel more adult. Here are some great low budget options.
Something with Sentimental Value. A family photo, a pillow from childhood, a credenza from your grandmother, something that ties you to some roots, reminds you of something larger than just this space.
Color. Adding a bold splash of color in the form of a painted wall can help anchor a headboardless bed, a patterned blanket can add life (and coziness) to a sofa or chair, even lining up colorful shoes in the entry can bring the cheer you need to welcome you home. Here's an extreme example using red.
Friends. The sooner you get friends into your space the better. Abby came over when we first moved and helped christen the space. She brought the most thoughtful housewarming gifts and we toasted to the new place.
What were your go-to's when moving out for the first time?
Image: Ben's Mid Century Mecca