If you’ve just moved into a new home, you’re probably excited to start the decorating process. Decorating a house makes it yours, and if you have work to do on it, it will distract visitors attention from bad carpet and poor paint jobs.
While decorating your house can be fun, it can also be a daunting experience. With so many options and decisions to make, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Often we’ll retreat into the expected or familiar, when what we really want to do is push the boundaries.
Here are some tips for decorating your new home:
Decide what you like
If it’s your first home, or you haven’t decorated in a while, you may not exactly know what decorating styles you like. The best way to figure out what you like is to look at pictures of other decorated homes. Another option is to look at a website like Pinterest, which is full of decorating ideas, so you can get an idea of what you like and what styles could potentially work in your new home.
Set your budget
This is an important step. Creating a budget and then breaking it down into each room will let you know how much you can spend. That way if you’re running short on money you can pick the room where you’ll be spending the majority of your time and make that one the priority. And that way when you’re decorating the rest of the house you’ll have one finished room where you can hang out.
Pick a Color Palette
Some people are of the opinion that your colour palette should be picked from your flooring, while others think it should be decided depending on any pieces of art you have in the house.
However if you have a few colours that you love and know work well together, why not see if they could work? If you haven’t bought any furniture yet it’s easier to work your furniture colours around your walls and floor, although neutral colours are also a good idea for furniture in case you plan to move in the future.
Invest in Key Furniture Pieces
Some furniture pieces require more investment than others. Check out Aram for great ideas for key pieces, and commit to spending a little more on items like sofas, dining tables, and reading chairs, as these are likely to be used for years.
Decorating your home should be a fun experience, so while it’s important to invest in good furniture and choose welcoming colours, it’s also important that the whole experience doesn’t leave you stressed and wondering if you should have chosen a different shade of blue for the curtains.
Take your time with larger pieces of furniture, and remember that smaller accessories can always be sold or given away to charity if you don’t like them in the future. It’s also a good idea to break your decorating down into small bites so it’s easier to tackle.