Décor Guidelines for a Frst-Time Home Owner

Buying your first home is always a very exciting time but can be a little overwhelming when it comes to decorating it.  Diana Smith has some helpful tips on how to get started.

There’s hardly anything more fun and fulfilling that the feeling you have when you get to decorate your first home. There’s absolutely no limit to what you can create, but if you struggle a bit, a few helpful guidelines can prove to be very useful, in case you don’t know where to start. Still, remember that this is the fun part and there’s absolutely no reason to stress and worry about the décor. Allow this process to relax and make you happy.
Start with the walls
When in doubt, change the wall colour! You have probably seen this tip in almost every article regarding home décor, but that’s simply because there’s nothing better to freshen up and personalize your home than a coat of new paint or new set of wallpaper. Not to mention that it’s one of the easiest way to spice up the look of your home, especially if your furniture is still not set up. Bold shades are very trendy, but if you’re not too keen on having this trend all over your home, stick to the one accent wall rule. 
Decide on the layout
Once you have your walls done and the whole place cleaned up, you can start bringing the furniture in. For this, you need to carefully measure the rooms, choose the purpose of each room and pick the focal points. That way you’ll have it a lot easier to organize your furniture layout and make the space clutter-free as well as more spacious and easier to move around. Measuring the size of the rooms is especially important if you’re about to head out to buy new pieces of furniture. Keep in mind that if your home is on the smaller side, you don’t need bulky pieces of furniture. 
The best part – accessories
Accessorizing your home will give it a personal touch and a true homey feel. There are many ideas online that could help you with accessorizing trends, but it’s important that you make your own final decision according to your particular likes and interests. In general, less is more. Focus on accessories such as rugs, cushions and curtains, while keep it simpler but still unique when it comes to gallery walls, photos and figurines in order to avoid clutter.

Mix and match
There’s nothing wrong with having rooms in your home resembling the ones from the interior design magazines, but you don’t need to make everything conform to one style only. Actually, your place will look more endearing and creative if you incorporate two or more styles at once. For example, if your living room is not really big, you don’t need to buy a whole seating set. You could simply get the sofa that you like and mix things up with interesting bentwood chairs, or mix and match the dining chairs with a dining table from another set that you find more suitable for your taste and size of the room. If you’re on a budget, don’t shy away from antique furniture and garage sales because these can be revamped to accommodate all your personal and creative needs. 
Invest in appliances
While there’s always a way to save money on before-mentioned steps for decorating your home, it would be wise to invest more money on your kitchen appliances right from the start. By getting yourself energy efficient kitchen appliances, you’ll provide yourself with good quality products that will last you many new homes to come as well as save money on electricity in the long run.
Your first home definitely won’t be your last home, so don’t get too worried and obsessed with making everything perfect right from the start. There’s nothing that can’t be changed and transformed when it comes to interior design and it’s not like you’ll have to live with the same décor you first decided on for the rest of your life. 


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