Moving into a new home is always an adventure, but it can also be stressful. This is especially true when you’re moving into your first house. How do you make your home really yours? If you want to get it right the first time, check out these tips:
- Make an inventory of your old stuff. The idea may be very tempting but it’s not practical to furnish your new home with completely brand new furnishings. You may have items in your current home that can still be re-purposed for your new home. Having said that, now is the perfect time to check what you can and cannot bring with you when you move to your new home. Get rid of the some of your old stuff and have a garage sale. You can also just auction them off online, or donate them to charity.
- Get a feel of your new place first. You shouldn’t make any major furniture purchases right away, even if it’s hard to resist the temptation. Over the next few days, you may have a better idea of which parts of the home you need to improve first. So spend 2 months or so just absorbing the vibe of your new home, and perhaps you can even change the arrangements of the furniture.
- When decorating, start with the bedroom. While it’s may seem like the living room is the obvious place to start, the bedroom is where you really ought to begin your decorating efforts. After all, it’s where you probably spend most of your time during a normal workday.
Spend as much as you can afford to make yourself comfortable in your bedroom. Start with the beddings and mattress first, so you can sleep better at night. If you have the budget, you can also paint the walls in colors that complement your new beddings.
Then you can add window treatments that match your habits. If you like to sleep in, use deeper tones and thicker coverings so that the light from the outside can’t get in too much. If you’re more of an early riser, go for window treatments in lighter colors.
- Buy furniture that matches the scale of the rooms. This is your top priority, regardless of your personal tastes in interior and furniture design. If you’re decorating a small den with a typical 8-foot ceiling, then the best choice is perhaps a dainty dining table and a low buffet. A huge lounge furniture is best for large spaces with really high ceilings.
- Unify the look with the right colors. If you’re operating on a budget (as most people are), then you can’t just buy an entire line of furniture for your rooms. Not only is this expensive—it’s boring and you get generic results. Instead, paint the walls or use curtains and rugs to match the hues of your furniture pieces.
Start slow when you decorate, and always check for bargains online. It’s easy to splurge and regret your choices afterward. The key is to always check for bargain alternatives.