Love Your Decor:
Decorating Your First Home
Large down payments and the pressure of paying off a mortgage can take a toll on any new homeowner. It can also leave most wondering how to fill up their new space after digging so deep into their savings. The following are a few tips for decorating your home on a budget while finding ways to transform any room into a space you'll love.
Love It Or Lose It
For many new homeowners, decorating on a budget means lugging over every piece of furniture from a previous residence and trying to make it fit. Even if you can't afford to buy anything major, you don't have to copy and paste your old design into your new space. If some pieces of furniture aren't essential, go ahead and toss them out and keep your space clear rather than cluttered with things you aren't in love with.
And Don't Overdo It
With all the beautiful decor examples out there, it isn't unusual for new homeowners to have a specific room design in mind. However, it's important to recognize if it's even possible to fit your favorite designs into your new space. The last thing you want to do is force a style that won't blend with your floor plan or features. Try to figure out the elements you like the most and incorporate that essence into your design.
Find Your Focus
It's also important to narrow down which spaces will be important to decorate and which ones can be put off for a while. The living room or family room may deserve the most attention based on the amount of entertaining you plan on doing. The bedroom and the kitchen are also appropriate choices, but if you don't have the money or time to do the entire house, put off decorating spare rooms, bathrooms and the basement.
The Power Of Paint
Nothing ties a room together more efficiently than a fresh coat of paint. It has the power to make mismatched furniture feel complementary, add depth and energy without burdensome expenses and help a house feel more like home right away. The right paint color also allows you to save by bringing together furniture you didn't believe would mix or match. It even has the ability to make old bedspreads appear fresh.
Leave Room To Grow
It's okay to adopt a minimalistic style, and it's okay not to have a polished, finished look when you're just starting out. Leaving gaps and taking your time when decorating a new space allows you to think about what you really want before you start cramming in furniture or throwing on a coat of paint. You'll find pieces over time, and you'll be able to add to your home little by little to bring it all together in the end.
Many new homeowners feel pressure to get their entire home decorated as soon as possible. Even worse, they feel like they have to speed shop around home decor stores to find the perfect pieces and get it right on the first try. When decorating your first home, don't be afraid to make mistakes. Treat the experience as a test drive for figuring out your individual decor style.
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