Buying your first home is one of those once-in-a-lifetime amazing experiences that you should savor every minute of. It’s one of the biggest decisions you will ever make and it gives you more freedom than you could ever imagine.
Yes, you’ll have to spend a lot of time worrying about securing the right mortgage loan and liaising with your real estate agent, which can be pretty stressful. But mostly the process of securing your first home is an exciting, thrilling one, especially that moment when you’re handed the keys to your brand new home and you can start putting your own stamp on the place.
If you’ve just bought your first home and you’re wondering how to decorate it, bearing in mind you don’t have much experience when it comes to home decor, here are a few tips that may help you to get it right and put your own stamp on your new place.
Stick with a neutral palette
It’s always a good idea when decorating your first home to start off with s neutral background. That way, you can build upon it and add more personality as and when you decipher your own unique tastes. Think cream, white or grey walls, which will pretty much always work, and which can be matched with brighter colors in the form of rugs, couches, and soft furnishings, for added personality.
There’s no denying there’s a lot of pretty wallpaper out there right now, but when you’re just starting out, paint tends to be cheaper and easier, and it can have a pretty big impact in its own right. Adding a simple feature wall of brightly colored paint in a mostly neutral room can pack just as big a punch as a wall of patterned paper if you choose well and accessorize the room effectively, so start out with paint, and build upon that.
One big mistake a lot of new homeowners make when trying to do up their homes is not measuring the stuff they buy. If you want to avoid a lot of hassle and ensure that your home does look great, you really do need to measure pieces of furniture, artworks, and even soft furnishings like rugs before you buy them. Not only will this ensure that any furniture you buy will fit into the space, but also by measuring the space, you can choose furniture and accessories that will fit in without dominating the room, allowing you to achieve a better balance and keep plenty of space free for you and your family to move around in.
It can be tempting to go all out and buy way more stuff than you really need to fill up your new home, but I would suggest that you take a step back and buy the basics you need to live with like beds, couches, pots and pans, and a few accessories to make the place look nice, and leave it at that. Why? Because you may well find that the minimalist way of living is for you. It can help many people to feel calmer and more relaxed at home, and it takes far less cleaning and tidying which is always a bonus. If that’s the case, you’ll have a bunch of money and have a naturally clutter-free home; if it isn’t for you, well you can start adding extras into your space little by little until you reach the optimum amount of stuff without going overboard.
Spend more on sheets
We spend a lot of time at home in bed, so one of my best tips for decorating your first home is to spend more money than you may have done in the boast in a really great set of bedsheets. High thread count Egyptian cotton is ideal because not only does it feel so soft against the skin, but it also helps to keep you cool when it’s hot, and it washes and dries very well, which means you won’t need to replace them quite so often too. With the best sheets you can afford, your new bedroom will be the perfect relaxation haven.
Take it one room at a time
Decorating a new home can be pretty overwhelming, so if you don’t want to end up a big stressed out mess, it’s sensible to take it just one room at a time. Sit down and make a list of everything you need to do in the house, then divide those tasks by room. Once you’ve done that, choose the easiest room to tackle and start ticking off the jobs on that list. By starting small, tackling one room at a time, and building on that, you will benefit from the snowball effect. You’ll feel more satisfied getting one whole room finished than you would doing bits and pieces here and there, and you’ll be motivated to keep going and get the next room done. It’s the most effective way of tackling the project for sure.
Don’t feel you need to be perfect
A lot of new homeowners feel like they need to get their home decor perfect the first time, but this is not the case. Your DIY skills, not to mention your taste, will develop over time, and you can always change your home as it does. Right now you should focus on making the place look nice for you, not perfect – that will come later when to have more time, money and experience so don’t sweat it.
Relax and enjoy your new home
You may be eager to put your own stamp on your first new home, but it pays to take some time out, maybe meditate and do some yoga, and really enjoy your new home. You’ve worked so hard to get there, and you deserve to sit back and take it all in. Anyway, if you try to do too much at once without taking some time out, chances are you’ll make more DIY mistakes and that’s the last thing you’ll need.