6 Home Decorating Tips for Beginners
Decorating Tips For New Homeowners
Whether you have just purchased a single family home or a condominium you are now faced with endless decorating possibilities. For the first time you can do anything you want without worrying about your landlord or what your parents will say. OK, maybe your parents will still say something but the point is, it’s your place. All these choices might leave you feeling a little overwhelmed so here are a few simple tips from the pros on decorating your first home.
Focus on the Bedroom
Make the bedroom your first priority. If you have just bought your first home you probably will have a limited budget for a while. Setting priorities and going slowly will help you get a better idea of how you will be using your new home and how you want it to look. Starting with the room that you spend a third of your time in just makes sense. Buying new bedding is a good place to start if your budget is a little tight. Buy the best linens you can afford. If your budget is a bit grander then it may be time to get that bed that you’ve always wanted.
Make Decorating a Gradual Process
Don’t go out and get everything right away. You are going to gradually get a feel for your highest priority items. Any existing pieces you have may find their place immediately or you may move them around a few times. You may even move them out the door. Granted you will feel an urgency to getting those boxes unpacked but leave yourself a couple of months to get the feel of your new place.
Get Furniture That Has a Purpose
Avoid trying to match everything exactly and use color to tie everything together. Furniture stores would love you to buy everything as a matching set but resist the urge. You may already have a variety of pieces that you’ve collected along the way but they don’t seem to have much in common. If you can find one color that exists in common even if only a few threads or a small detail then you can use paint to bring it all together. Painting the wall to match will give the room a unified appearance without the bland look of a matched set.
Finish Off with Odds and Ends
Be ready to cruise and surf. Have a list of practical things that you want and need. Bookshelves for example, and maybe a small outdoor table and a couple chairs. Now cruise the garage sales keeping in mind what you are looking for. Keep an eye out but resist the urge to buy the first one you see. If you buy it anyway then prepare to have your own garage sale after you’ve decided those first few purchases weren’t really what you wanted. Surf the Internet and use sites like Craigslist and Kijiji to find bargains as well. If you are patient you are guaranteed to find some great deals and even have some fun. In the end you’ll have a home that you can truly call your own.
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