Europeans leave their family homes at age 25, on average, according to latest data from Eurostat. By contrast, kids in the US tend to move out around the age of 19. Outside of the western world, however, this number is usually higher, with some cultures even discouraging moving out altogether. For most of us, however, our kids leaving the nest is a reality we all have to face at some point. It’s hard for parents to let their child go out into the world, and it’s hard for a young adult to make a home out of whatever space they can rent out for themselves. Still, much like accessorizing bathroom shelves, there are a lot of ways to make their first home away from home a lot more personalized and welcoming.
Add A Splash Of Color
Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can work wonders in personalizing a living space. You don’t have to paint entire interiors either. Even accenting sections of plain white walls can make the place feel more like your own.
When painting selectively, choose to accent parts that you often look at. This includes the walls above fireplaces, sections of wall you put up pictures on, and doors. Doors are great to paint since they can add a personal touch to your exterior as well, without having to go through the trouble of painting the entire outside wall.
Help Them Build A Sanctuary
Their new home is going to be their first living space away from the nest they grew up in. Though they might enjoy independence, they can find themselves getting a little homesick. The best way to counter this is to help create an inner sanctum that makes them feel as at-home as possible.
This inner sanctum can be their bedroom, a corner in their bedroom, or multiple areas in their new home. Anywhere can be a sanctuary as long as it fosters a sense of belonging and comfort. For example, you can fill their bedroom with mementos of the time when they were growing up in their childhood home. Supplement these knickknacks with gifts that fit their personality and hobbies, as well as things that suit a young person moving into adulthood. These things, combined with other comfy trappings, can make a place feel well and truly theirs.
Give Some Attention To Small Details
Any interior designer will tell you that changing up even small details can lead to a big difference in how a space looks. Even something as easily overlooked as the color of lighting can have an impact. Work with your child to figure out what design choices they want to make in this regard.
Every room in the house can do with a personal touch. You can help your child pick out new towel bars and shower handles for the bathroom, new rugs and light covers, new doorknobs, and other details. This is also a perfect opportunity for them to reinvent their stylistic choices. You’ll just be there to add some insight as an experienced homeowner.
For someone leaving home for good for the first time, building a new home for themselves can be a daunting task. But with the help of friends and loved ones, they can carve out a space that feels uniquely theirs.