It is not only young people who themselves in this situation. These days it’s not uncommon to see people in their middle age starting over again because of a broken relationship or transfer to a new job.
Here are some tips for first-time home decorators, whether they are starting out or starting over:
- Choose the decorating style you like
Take into account the architecture of the area of your home and the limitations that you might face. For example, if you are living in a cracker-box condo, a high Victorian will generally not be appropriate.
- Create a budget
- Draw a floor plan
If you want to see how your floor plan looks in real life, make use of moving boxes to create furniture, or make footprints of every item using towels, blankets or newspaper.
- Choose a colour palette
When you have decided on a palette, allow the rest of the décor to flow from that. Utilise neutral tones for investment pieces such as the dining table and the sofa, and place the colour in paint or accent pieces such as art, lamps or pillows. This will allow you to switch colour palette if you get bored with the existing one without costing too much.
If you don’t want to paint the entire space, limit it to an accent wall. If you’re unsure of bold colours, pick a colour in the middle ground. It will surely look more exciting that Linen White.
- Invest in the right furniture items
It is also good to invest in a good reading chair. Buy neutral upholstery such as gray, white or taupe, for your investment pieces.
- Measure all things
Furniture will appear tinier showcased in a room with high ceilings than it will in your living space. And avoid purchasing matching sets of furniture, unless you’d like your home to look like a sales floor featuring a sea of sofas.
- Where to splurge
- Mix something old with something new
Items with history bring charm and depth to a space, and they are what make a home unique from a furniture showroom.
- Think about using “temporary” furniture
It will not be quick to find just the right items for your home. And it is annoying to wait for months for that right piece to arrive.
A great place to find filler pieces is garage sales. Yes, they are not the best that you could afford, and yes, there will probably not last very long. However, they will serve their purpose until you can find the exact item that you’ve dreaming about. Later, you can donate those filler items to charity.
- Hire a professional
- Take it easy
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