Decorating your first home can be one of the most exhilarating as well as challenging tasks. You may be wondering why it’s challenging! The challenge is not in decorating but in getting yourself satisfied with the décor that you create and in quenching your mind’s desire in eking out a place for your own self. So there might be additions and alterations and frequent changes and of course all of these need money and so you should be inevitably cautious in getting the best décor at the least cost. Here are a few tips to get your first home decorated in a grand but cost-effective way that not only satisfy you and your family but the onlookers and guests would also admire your taste and living style.
Fix a budget
As this is your first home, you may long to decorate it to your heart’s content but budget may be a great constraint. It’s wise to decide how much you can spend on it right at the onset. If it seems that decorating the whole home at one go may not be possible, pick the room that you spend most of your time. This way you can gradually decorate the full house according to your choice and at the beginning, you can be at rest thinking that you have at least decorated one room or area of your home where you can peacefully retreat.
Create a floor plan
A floor plan would make things easier and it would help you to visualize from beforehand the décor of your place and you would also be accurate enough in your measurement. You would also be able to allocate space to the proper proportion in your living area making it comfortable for living. If you start fumbling in making a floor plan, you can always take help of the internet where you would find ample templates of floor plans.
Choose your colour palette
Choose your colour from the floor to the ceiling and the walls and also the objects that you would place in the room. That can be a rug, a piece of furniture, cupboard or the sofa sets. If you want to hang pictures and frames on the floor, you need to decide the hue of it earlier as the picture you hang should go with the colour arrangement of the whole place. If you are already in love with a particular colour, you can start with that hue. Once you have selected the colour, the decoration can start from there itself. The main items of the room like the sofa or the dining table can have neutral colors. The accent pieces that decorate the place and give it the extra effect attracting the eye like the pillows, chandeliers, lamps and art objects can have bright colours to bring the luster creating a sharp contrast with the background.
Prioritize, assess and organize
As this is your first home or apartment, it’s time to clean up the stuff that you bought for a makeshift arrangement or for temporary use. At the same time, you may choose to retain few of the old items like your grandfather’s radio or a memoir that you received in your college. Consider the old stuff that you like to retain and think of the new ones that you need to buy. Get rid of the rest of the unnecessary stuff and it’s perfectly alright to throw away what you no longer need. Organize everything that you are going to keep and allocate space for every article that you are retaining, which would render a perfect balance with your imagined décor. Remember that anything you keep or retain should be put to good use and only then will you be able to remove clutter and go for a neatly decorated home.
Ascertain your purchase process
According to your laid down floor plan, assess your inventory and determine what is missing. Rank the new items that you need to purchase according to priority and budget. Keep the list with you so that you can refer to it and buy any item whenever you spot something similar or attractive. Instead of heading to source items from high-end, pricey stores, you can always look for cost-effective options. Get a bit creative and look for second-hand furniture that can fit the blueprint of your décor and all you have to be is being keen. Look for websites that sell second-hand furniture or visit the consignment stores and thrift shops in your area regularly to check the new arrivals and buy the ones that appeal your eye. Don’t be in haste and pick up items that match your preferences, budget and personal style although they may not be an exact match with what you have envisioned.
Add the cohesive looks
As you have already sorted the old items and sourced new ones for your décor, look for ideas that would make them look a part of the well organized comprehensive whole. Get some design inspiration from the interior decoration websites and sort few ideas to make your décor that suits your unique mindset and style. You can also look for videos that teach you how to decorate the interiors or at the most, you can get the help of a carpenter to give the place the look and feel that your heart yearns.
Take the whole process of decorating your first home in a relaxed manner as you need to remember that your first home may not be your last home. The moods, the mindset, and the preferences keep on changing and they affect the décor of your interiors. Use these tips in order to decorate your first home in a luxurious manner and in a style that would soothe and comfort you, keeping in mind everything in the world is impermanent.
Key Takeaways of Decorating your First Home:
- As this is your first home, you may long to decorate it to your heart’s content but budget may be a great constraint.
- A floor plan would make things easier and it would help you to visualize from beforehand the décor of your place and you would also be accurate enough in your measurement.
- As this is your first home or apartment, it’s time to clean up the stuff that you bought for a makeshift arrangement or for temporary use.
- As you have already sorted the old items and sourced new ones for your décor, look for ideas that would make them look a part of the well organized comprehensive whole.
- Take the whole process of decorating your first home in a relaxed manner as the moods, the mindset, and the preferences keep on changing and they affect the décor of your interiors.
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