Becoming a new homeowner is a huge adjustment and one that tends to be exciting on top of that. Few things make you feel like an adult the way that owning a home does. Of course, one of the duties that come with being a homeowner is making all the decisions when it comes to decorating. With so much to consider, where do you even start?
Decide Your Overall Style
Arguably, the first thing you need to do is decide the overall style you want to go for. This decision will serve as a guide to virtually all of your other decorating decisions. There are tons of different interior design styles. Each one has its own key characteristics, and not all styles are suited to everyone. Take the time to look through different style options to decide which one best fits the aesthetic you want, the atmosphere you want to create, and your personal comfort level.
Pick Your Colors
Picking your color scheme is another important first step in decorating a new home. Your color scheme might vary from room to room or stay fairly consistent, depending on what you’re going for. The colors of your flooring, walls, ceiling, furniture, and upholstery, and decor should all work together to create your desired color scheme. It’s probably best to avoid clashing colors. Adding a pop of color can be a great way to create a focus within a room, but overdoing it will make the room feel too busy to really be comfortable in. Neutral paint colors on the walls often offer the best backdrops for most color schemes. That said, one of the beauties of owning your own home is the freedom to do what you want when it comes to decorating. Feel free to change up the paint if you want.
Choose Your Furniture Wisely
Just as there are different interior design styles, there are different furniture styles. If you want to create a cohesive interior design, the style of furniture you select should be appropriate for the interior design style you’ve chosen. To narrow it down further, consider your living situation. If you have children, investing in sturdier pieces of furniture that can easily be anchored to walls may be a good decision. If you have a tight budget, you’ll need to decide what pieces to invest in and what pieces you can cut costs on. Consider what pieces you’re likely to use the most. Those are the ones you should spend more money on. Remember, you get what you pay for.
Taking Care of Your Furniture
Now that you’ve spent money on purchasing furniture, you need to take care of it. This can make a difference in how long it lasts and how well it holds up. If you choose wood furniture, you’ll likely need to take extra care to maintain it. Extreme temperatures and humidity can damage your wood furniture. Our ability to control the climate in our homes helps with this, but it may still be necessary to treat the wood periodically to keep it in good condition. If your furniture has upholstery on it, make sure you follow the care instructions for it. A gentle vacuuming can help remove debris, and appropriate cleaners can help with the rest. If you aren’t sure if a cleaner is safe to use without doing further damage, test it on a small area that isn’t likely to be seen. A low corner or underneath an arm might be good options for this.
If you have hard flooring that you want to cover up, area rugs can be a cost-effective way to do so. This can make your floors more comfortable under your feet and prevent your furniture from leaving marks. Placing an area rug in relation to your furniture can be a little tricky to figure out, so you may have to play with it a bit before deciding on the look you like best. When you choose a rug, take into account the maintenance you’ll need to do to take care of it. Will simply vacuuming it be enough or will it need more specialized care? It’s also wise to consider the size, colors, and patterning of your options and how they will fit into the rest of the room. You don’t want to make a purchase only to find out it isn’t a good fit because you didn’t think it through.
You might be more inclined to think of lighting as a fixture rather than a decor option, but there’s enough overlap here to make it worth mentioning. There are lots of different lighting options, from chandeliers to floor lamps. Wall lighting options also warrant some consideration. Again, the interior design style you’ve chosen can help you narrow down your options. If you decide to change the existing lighting fixtures, avoid the temptation to do it yourself. Electrical work is best handled by a professional electrician. It costs more, but it’s safer and the end result will be higher quality.
Once you’ve got the styles, colors, furnishings, and fixtures worked out, it’s time to turn your attention to the walls. Adding art to your walls is a great way to add personality to a home. The art you choose can greatly impact the atmosphere in each room. You have a couple ways you can approach adding art. You can choose art that specifically fits the room you want to put it in. This can be a nice way to bring everything together, especially if all of the colors in the room can be found somewhere in the art piece. Alternatively, you can choose pieces that speak to you. They may not fit in perfectly with the room, but that can also make them a great accent piece.
Adding finishing touches is a good way to make your home look lived in. Finishing touches might include things like coffee table books, figurines, abstract pieces, or even plants. Plants offer multiple benefits when placed in a house, making them an especially good decorating option. These final decorating touches are a great way to make your new house feel like home. You’ll be able to sit back and feel satisfied that you’ve done the work to truly make it yours.
There are many things that go into decorating a house to turn it into your home. With lots of styles to choose from, furnishings to add, and decor items to select, it can seem overwhelming. Start with the basics and keep going until you’re satisfied with the appearance of your new home.
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