Choosing your new house is never an easy decision and comes with a whole heap of planning, organising and consideration. With the property ladder being harder to get a foot on than ever, finding your dream home can be a stressful task. Decorating though, shouldn’t be.
Ask me from experience. It was tough finding a new house that fits the bill, responds to all our needs and looks amazing….While the decorating wasn’t always easy, it was by no means anywhere as stressful as finding our spot. It certainly was always fun and exciting. Especially when that meant pinning for hours on Pinterest lol…
Decorating Tips For a New House
Whether you love a bright airy sanctuary of zen or just want to curl up in a cosy cave, there are plenty of ways you can decorate your newly found nest even on a tight budget.
The key is planning!
The first consensus you want to come to in any design is colour scheme. A good place to start is neutral. You can’t go wrong with a bit of eggshell and a lick of ivory giving you a clean palette to work with.
Any darker colours will make any room shrink so think strategically about space and how you want the room to feel. If you must add a punch of darkness, vividness or patterns, opt for a feature wall. Paint just one wall a different colour to the rest, whether it be a subtle hue or a dark red. It will give your room an extra dimension and makes it easier to incorporate a range of styles into your interior.
Don’t overwhelm yourself. You’ve done the hard work of searching through houses for sale in Greenwich, Gloucester and Gateshead, if you’re in the UK. You’ve spoken to banks, estate agencies and solicitors, now it’s the time to relax.
While the process may be different in every country, there are some things in the world that are common to all. As humans, there’s nothing we value more than a good rest so invest in a bed that will take you there. Try them out, experiment with sizes, styles, firmness and type. It’s probably going to be the second biggest decision you make in this process, superseded only by the choice of house itself.
After you’ve picked out your perfect pad make sure to layer with throws and cushions. You really can never have enough cushions. Ask me, I know!!!
As this is your first home or new house, it’s always best to take it in small sections.
Buying your first home will probably be the biggest investment you make. Treat it with the love and respect it deserves. Get creative with the old mood board, check out Pinterest if you’re more tech savvy, and take ideas from other people.
You can be as wild or as minimalist as you like. Just be sure to have a basis of 3 colours and try not to go over board with texture. The last thing you want is to feel cluttered in your freshly furnished abode.
You don’t have to decorate the entire thing all at once. Designing and decorating is a gradual process and you can buy things as you go. There’s no need to desperately fill every corner with some cheap, obscure house plant when you can take your time and purchase décor as you spot it.
Trust me, I’ve done that a few times. I regretted it after getting lighting that didn’t suit the entire look of my living room. I am now stuck with until I finish up my basement to have them moved and replaced by new ones.
The Gist of it
Whether your first home has a backyard for the kids and a dog or you’ve just settled into your first apartment not too far from home the thing to remember is trust your instincts. If you want the orange polka dot wallpaper buy the orange polka dot wallpaper.
If you want the feather lampshade buy the feather lampshade. Your home is your haven and there are no rules when it comes to expression. Have fun with it! Life’s too short to live in an Ikea showroom.
What tips do you recommend for a new house?
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