Moving into a new home can be an exciting time, but when it comes to making your own stamp, it can be pretty overwhelming. Discover in this blog the first five steps to decorating your new home, so you don’t have to figure it out all on your own.
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Prioritise, evaluate and plan
Decorating a new home is all about less is more, particularly when you’re starting out. Building up your room is a much better approach than cluttering it all to begin with. It’s ok to throw out what you no longer want or need while keeping a few old treasures you don’t want to wave goodbye to unnecessary items.
It is now the time to evaluate everything and make sure the things you’re keeping will have a purpose in your new space - this will help you avoid keeping a house full of rubbish.
Knowing where to begin with a new home can be a bit overwhelming, but we recommend getting the high traffic areas in your home done first. You can use less commonly used rooms as storage spaces for the time being
Now, to the painting
Before you start bombarding all your furniture in the room, it’s worth leaving this for the time being as you will only have to move it back after you’ve decorated and painted first. Prepare your surfaces by making sure all are free of dents or irregularities.
Don’t mix up the order - always paint first, mixing up the order of these steps might mean you shell out on a new carpet or expensive wood finish only to accidentally drip paint on it. Your flooring can also have a big effect on the appearance of the colour on your walls so it's wise to buy this after you’ve decided to paint.
Out with the old, in with the new
There is value in keeping mementos from your previous home to your new home, but developing the maturity of your home's style is a great way to help you to have a defined home.
When it comes to fitting furniture certain larger pieces should take priority, such as safes, beds, wardrobes and drawers. Assembling these first allows smaller pieces to fit around these harder to move items.
Fight the urge to splurge
No matter how much you love and feel confident about a piece of furniture, you may not love it in years to come. Your style will continually evolve as you grow into your new home, so you’ll want to resist splurging as soon as you move into your new home. Use cheaper furniture pieces as placeholders until you’re certain you know what design style is perfect for you - you’ll be glad you did.
It's the small details that matter
Small accent elements will go a long way in personalising your home's decor. From cushions to throws to candles to rugs which can be moved about whenever you feel like. Using layers will help you determine and tweak what is working and what isn’t.
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