Buying your first home is one of the biggest life decisions. It can be equal parts exciting and terrifying to be the owner of your first home. After you have made a life-changing decision, picking an area, figuring out your finances, finding a suitable house to meet your family’s requirements and preparing for a move can be overwhelming.
Before you settle in, the house needs to be furnished and decorated, adding to your stress levels. And knowing how to decorate a new home on a budget can be complicated. If the task of doing up your first home is daunting, it is time to come up with a plan to make an empty and lifeless space into an inviting and warm abode. Here are some home decoration ideas your first home:
Tip #1: Clear out the clutter before you move
The first critical step to decorating your new home is to make sure you get rid of the clutter. This will not only make it easier for you to pack up and move things from the old home to your new home but it will also save you costs involved in packing and moving. Get rid of stuff you no longer use, including wobbly furniture and faulty appliances. Have a garage sale or give away your old stuff to a charity. You will be amazed at how much space and time you end up saving with this handy and essential tip.
Tip #2: Begin with paint
Painting the walls is the easiest and most economical way to create maximum impact in a room. Even a lick of paint in one wall in an accent colour can help you change the entire ambience of the room. Speak to the colour experts at Berger Paints India for colour ideas and combinations for your new home. If you are planning to paint the walls, do it right before you move in, or right when you do. It is more convenient to have major updates to the house done before you move in but if you can’t do it in advance- make it a priority. It is a good idea to plan the colour scheme of the house before you make any investment. Stick to neutrals as a base or primary colour. Neutrals will always work and can always be easily dressed up with a clash of vibrant colour in elements such as curtains, rugs or décor accessories.
As a rule of thumb, for wall paints for bedroom, think about the vibe you want to create. Warm colours like red, yellow, brown and beige have a stimulating effect. Whereas, for a more tranquil effect, opt for cool colours like blue, green and grey.
Tip #3: Plan a budget and stick to it
After spending a huge chunk of your savings on your new home, money is likely to be tight and planning a budget is essential. When you go shopping for furniture or décor pieces for your new home, it is easy to get excited and spend beyond your means. Make a list of absolute essentials you need to buy first and allocate a budget for your expenses. Look around for deals and discounts and don’t get carried away.
Tip #4: Don’t buy everything at once
Make sure that you live in your new house for at least 3 to 6 months before making any expensive purchases or upgrades. Maybe the flooring you were planning to change initially is not as important as getting the kitchen and dining room upgraded for the family. After you live in the house for a few months, you will be in a better place to figure out what upgrades are absolutely essential vs. what can be avoided or postponed. Don’t like the flooring? Instead of splurging on changing it entirely right away, prep it up with some unique and colourful rugs!
Tip #5: Know your room dimensions before buying furniture
A lot of people end up making the mistake of buying a piece of chunky furniture just because they like the way it looks, without measuring the dimensions of the room or working out if it will go well with the existing décor. Be wise and measure the dimensions of your room and furniture and the doors/hallways to ensure you are able to get the furniture in. It is also important to think about how the furniture will look in the room, bigger pieces can be overpowering in a small room and take up important space.
Tip #6: See the big picture
Before you begin decorating, lay out all the décor pieces you own, including books, art, photographs, trays, family heirlooms and candles. Because you have already cleared out the clutter before you move, you are likely to only have pieces that will go well with your home’s aesthetic. Once you have everything in place, start picking out things that go well together. Since this is one of the most forgiving aspects of decorating your home, don’t be afraid to experiment. Once all your belongings are in place and the art is hung, you can browse for new décor pieces online or visit a flea market in your city. You can finally splurge on new cushions you’ve set your eyes on or print out that frame-worthy holiday picture you took last summer- these little additions can make a huge difference and you will be surprised at how thoughtful pieces and décor can elevate the entire room.
Remember that decorating your space is a huge task and it is okay if your home looks like work in progress for a few months. By following these six tips, we hope your new home will start to feel like a house to you.