Congratulations on being the proud owner of a new home. Searching, bidding, negotiating the contract, moving in – you did it! Now the fun begins. This article will discuss decorating a new home inexpensively.
The first step in decorating involves making decisions. What is your style? Do you like Minimalist? Antiques? Rustic? Eclectic? Traditional? Neoclassical? Shabby chic? Which colors bring you joy and happiness? Yellow, Cream, Blue, Purple, Red? Have you thought of flooring? Carpets, wood or tile?
Inspiration can come from many places. Decorating magazines, the homes of friends and family (whose taste you admire), websites, books, Home Depot, stores such as Pottery Barn, ABC Carpet & Home or West Elm or decorating shows on HGTV. Take a look at these sources in order to define your personal decorating style. Save fabric swatches and pictures of furniture that you like from catalogs and magazines. These will become the basis of a design book that will make it easier for you to pick out items that fit your style.
Once you have an idea of your preferences; then it becomes time to start to decorate your home. Some individuals like to concentrate on one room at a time while others work on several at once. Go with whatever method you feel most comfortable with. Something that is vital to do no matter whether you’re decorating one room or the entire house is to take exact measurements of all doorways, hallways and spaces that particular items (such as a couch) might have to pass through or be placed in. Take it from me, I’ve had personal experience with the devastating feeling of picking out the perfect couch, thinking that I’ve measured correctly and then finding out that it is unable to fit through the front door. Once all correct measurements have been recorded, you’re ready to decorate!
One of the easiest ways to change the look of a room is through the use of color and one of the easiest ways to use color is through paint. All of your pre-decorating work should have included picking a color scheme. Using the scheme that you have picked, the walls and trim of your home (to include accent walls) can be painted, which will provide a basic template for the rest of your decorating ideas.
With your design book in hand, you can begin to look for furniture and decorative items for your home. Thrift stores such as the Salvation Army , or flea markets can be wonderful places to find wonderful pieces to furnish and decorate your home. Family and friends might have furniture that you like that they are willing to part with or may know of someone who is moving and having a yard sale. If a recycled chair or other item is structurally sound, but does not fit with your color scheme, a simple paint job or fabric recovering might do the trick. If you or someone you know is handy with tools, then IKEA could be the perfect furniture store for you. Not only are the prices for this Swedish retailer inexpensive, the pieces are beautifully designed, simple and generally easy to assemble.
For living rooms, family rooms, dens and bedrooms, decorative pillows, curtains, inexpensive lamps or other forms of lighting, artwork, plants, pictures, and shelves can really bring the rooms to life and put your personal stamp on your house.
The easiest way to make a decorative statement in a bathroom is through the shower curtain and other accessories such as the soap dish, toothbrush holder, lotion dispenser, and mats. Plants or flowers also can bring a beautiful spa like feel to a bathroom in addition to adding a pretty decorative touch.
For a kitchen, try going beyond the usual decorating with appliances and look to artwork, plants (particularly herbs or edible flowers) and interesting cookware.
The decoration of your first new home can seem to be a daunting task, but take your time, choose colors and pieces that you love and soon your house will be a home.