The life of a military family is not for everyone. It includes constant travels (as the soldiers are transferred from one station to another, often in different countries), worrying about your loved ones when they are deployed, praying that they will come back unharmed, and often having to go through important family events without the military family member.
Leaving your home is never easy, but an order is an order – when the military calls, you need to go. The good thing, though, is that often you don’t have to worry about the house – you can live in military housing located near the base, with your spouse and children.
However, those houses tend to be gloomy, and uninviting. Is there a way to change it?
Of course, and that’s what we will be focusing on in this article. Here are some of the ways in which you can make your military housing feel like home – even if it’s just for a few months.
Put Your Favorite Photos On Display
The photos are a great way of showing who you are, where you come from, and where you’ve been, which is why it should be one of the first steps you take when trying to transform your military housing into a true home. They tell your story.
Consider hanging up some photos from your hometown. Since the military brings together people from all over the world, it won’t be long before you find someone from your region – even if not precisely from your hometown.
Remember – Home Is Where Your Family Is
A nice idea is to either purchase or create yourself a sign that would show all the places you have lived in during your time in the military.
Also, if you have a close family member who used to serve in the military and retired or passed away, you might want to consider ordering a sign that would honor their memory, and the time they spend serving the country.
There are plenty of websites you can order such signs from, including veterannations.com and Etsy.
Showing the places you have been stationed in is a great ice breaker – not only will people entering your home be intrigued by the sign, but you might also find out that some of them have lived in the same places you have.
Use the Blank Walls
Although we cannot be 100% sure, there’s a high chance you will have huge bear walls in your military housing that you can treat as a blank canvas.
While adding photos or wall art is one way of occupying them, it is not the only one – there are plenty, some more creative than others.
For instance, you might want to consider adding temporary wallpaper – they are available in most home decor stores, both online and offline, and come in several different colors and patterns.
When buying one, make sure that the paper it is made of is high-quality. Before applying, check whether the wall is clean and dry. Once the time to transfer comes, you can simply peel it off, starting from the corner, and throw it out.
Another idea that we are a fan of, is using a faux fireplace, and there are several reasons why.
First of all, it creates a focal point in any room, and it blends extremely well with holiday decorations. Besides, you will be able to take it with you when the time to move again comes.
Choose Neutral-Colored Furniture with Bright Accents
When it comes to how the military housing will look, the only thing that is sure is that the color palette will be neutral. Other things, such as the flooring, countertops, fixtures, or lighting, are a mystery, as they differ from one station to another.
Let’s also not forget about the unknown square footage and floor plan. All this makes shopping for furniture close to impossible. Keyword – close.
The best thing you can do if you want to buy furniture that you’ll, later on, take with you to your new home, is to choose neutral pieces.
Remember that you can always make your home feel more lively with decorations such as colorful pillows, blankets, rug areas, and window treatments.
The Bottom Line
Military life is not easy – however, it becomes even harder when a soldier has a family that has to move with them whenever there is a need for that.
While sure, military housing is definitely an advantage as it is close to the base, and you don’t have to worry about finding a house to rent or buy, it usually tends to be quite unwelcoming.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways in which you can change that – some of which were mentioned in this article. Although military housing won’t be your forever home, there’s no harm in making it feel like one. Good luck!