Top Tips for Decorating Your First Home

Buying your first home is a huge step – an exciting, exhausting, and scary one! You are now ready to settle in and make it your own. Furnishing and decorating a house from top to bottom is a massive undertaking. The best part about owning your first home is having complete control over how you decide to style it. A little careful planning, list writing, and not rushing into things, all while not spending more than you can afford, will set you on your way to achieving your dreams.

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Make Lists

Decorating your own house can be an expensive and time-consuming undertaking that requires precise planning and budgeting. Make three lists: a list of everything you have, everything you need, and everything you’d like to own eventually. Make sure to measure the dimensions of your rooms, hallways, and doors to ensure that the furniture you choose will fit in the space it is intended for. 

Where to Start?

There is no set rule as to which rooms to decorate first, but it is a good idea to contact family and friends to see if they have any furniture they no longer need or are willing to give you. Examine all offerings carefully, especially if they are of good quality, to see whether they will fit within your home, even if just temporarily. It’s better to look around to see what’s available and live in your home for a while before selecting expensive items. If you’re not sure how to decorate your new home, go for a mix-and-match theme and switch it up frequently with minor decorative components until you find what you want.

There are some homewares and furnishings that are worth making a long-term investment in. Quality rugs, mattresses, freestanding storage, and luxury sofas are long-term investments that pay off handsomely. If you are a keen entertainer, it may be worthwhile to think of the dining room and living room areas first. You spend a lot of time in your dining room. Get creative and buy versatile kitchen dining room chairs that will set you up to host your first dinner party. As mentioned, a comfortable and high-quality sofa is a must in a new home. Along with this, you need to choose tv stands for your home. Many homes now have a tv in the lounge area as well as in the bedroom(s). 

A Lick of Paint

A fresh coat of paint will completely transform and personalise a room. When it comes to paint colours, the possibilities are truly endless, so take some time to consider what type of mood you want each area to have. Do you prefer neutrals or are you leaning toward something bold and vibrant, such as a spicy orange or relaxing green?

Painting is typically the simplest, most cost-effective, and most efficient way to customise a space. Just remember that painting the walls should be done before bringing in any furniture or boxes. This will make your life much easier than trying to dodge boxes covered with plastic!

If you’re on a budget, try buying ‘own brand’ paints; they’re usually less expensive than paints from major companies. When it comes to brushes and rollers, though, don’t go for the cheapest option; a decent quality brush makes all the difference and speeds up the process.

Begin by living with the bare necessities, then gradually add to your furnishings as you go, referring back to your wish list (which could have changed along the way). Congratulations on this big step!

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