Decorating a brand-new home can be overwhelming for anyone. The numerous design styles and possibilities can leave you wondering where to start.
Decorating from scratch, however, is an epic opportunity to incorporate your personality, tastes, and lifestyle into the design, allowing you to make your home uniquely yours. So, if you’re planning to decorate your brand-new home and need a place to start, here are some tips to get you on the right path.
Settle on a style
There are several styles when it comes to decorating a home. You can opt for modern, transitional, farmhouse, contemporary and more.
While the location of the home might matter, above everything else, you want your home to reflect your lifestyle and personality. Before you settle on a style, it is good to ask yourself what you would want your home to feel like. What atmosphere do you want to create? Which style will make you happy and comfortable? Answering such questions will give you an idea of the color, lighting, furniture and every other choice that you need to make. Try this quick Style Quiz to see what your personal style might be.
Don’t forget the exteriors
Most people concentrate on the interior décor of the house, taking time to choose every detail carefully. However, the outside is also very crucial in bringing together the general look and feel of the home.
A fresh coat of paint is a quick way to convey your home’s personality. If you have a bold personality for instance, you can convey it with a bold color. Try applying it in the form of an accent color on your front door or shutters.
If your home has siding, another way to establish your homes look and feel could be updating or changing it. Take it from Arts and Crafts to Modern Farmhouse for instance. When it comes to siding installation, you want a choice that will improve your home’s aesthetics, is durable, is easy to install and maintain.
Break it down
Decorating the whole house at once can be overwhelming. Rather than breaking your mind, break it down room by room.
Consider every room’s functionality, and what will be needed to fulfill its purpose. Just like choosing an overall style for the home, ask yourself how you want each room to feel within that style. That will go a long way in helping you choose the flooring, wall paint, lighting, window treatments, and accessories.
However, be careful to not distort the flow from one room to the other. While each can have a different décor style, it is important that they have a unifying character. Think of using the same flooring type, or color palate to make all the rooms fit in the overall design style.
Take your time
While it’s hard to wait to have a fully decorated home, it pays to take your time. Making all decisions at the same time can lead to some that you might regret later on.
For instance, choosing a color or wallpaper requires a lot of thinking. Applying either one is an expensive and time-consuming affair, so you don’t want to regret your choice a few days later. Another example is choosing furniture and accessories. Start with the most important piece in every room, then take your time choosing the rest to match it.
Stick to a budget
If you work without a budget, it’s very easy to jump into things that are outside of your means, which can limit you in other design areas. Draft a budget for each room to act as a guide as you shop around, and don’t forget to include some money for last-minute changes. However, it’s good to remember that you can’t compromise on some things. For instance, durable materials tend to cost more upfront, but they’ll save you money in the long run since you won’t have to do as much maintenance or replacing.
You’ll know your home better as you continue living in it. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it exactly how you want the first time. Be sure to take notes for your next design overhaul!
About the author: Anda Warner is a certified architect as well as a writer for different websites. She is young and ambitious, with a degree in architecture. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and create their perfect sweet home. She puts a big effort into working with her clients and tries to help them in the best way she can.
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