Moving into a new home is one of the biggest steps in life you will take. Sure, renting can seem like it’s the same thing, but with a new home, you are now responsible for every leak, peeling paint chip and broken appliance. If home is really where your heart is, then the decor of your house should reflect your soul and lifestyle in the best ways possible. To start off your journey let us help you with these 5 tips:
- Set a budget - Unless you’re a millionaire, there’s a good chance that you currently live on a budget already. Overspending on your furniture can lead you to having the nicest rooms on the block, with the least amount of food in the fridge. On the other hand, if you have enough money consulting with an interior designer is a sure-fire way to know you’re staying within a planned budget while receiving design help.
- Figure out your style - Don’t buy the first piece of furniture you see; look around to see if there are other options that fit your lifestyle even better. If you’re moving without any furniture, it’s best to get the big stuff, like couches and chairs, first. Even if you don’t get to decorating the walls, having the larger items will help your empty house feel more put together.
- Start in the bedroom - This is the first thing you see when you get up in and the last thing you see before you fall asleep. You’re most likely to spend more time in your bedroom than any other room, so making sure it is properly furnished is important. You don’t have to go all out and get an 8-piece bed set, but matching a nightstand color to the dresser can go a long way toward defining your style.
- Paint carefully - Your room may have been your favorite color growing up, but more than likely it’s not one you would want in a house now. Bold colors will certainly bring any room to life, but they may quickly become something that you regret seeing everyday. Consult a local hardware or paint store for the best home colors and take some samples home to see what they will look like dried on your wall.
- Buy in stages - Unless you have no budget constraints, you most likely won’t be able to furnish your whole home the first week after you move in. Buy furniture and appliances at different times so that you’ll still be able to pay all of your bills (especially for first time owners now owing property taxes.) If you can’t afford to furnish every room at once, buy things for the rooms you’ll spend the most time in- the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room.