How to Decorate Your First Home

Buying your first home is a very big deal. It’s not just a financial obligation that signals your desire and ability to take on major adult responsibilities, or merely an investment opportunity; you’ll also gain a personal living space that you can decorate any way you see fit. Unlike apartment rentals and condo leases, you will not be penalized for painting walls, installing new flooring, and upgrading appliances. And no more will you approach every nail hole with trepidation, knowing that failing to patch the walls will result in the loss of your deposit. But with this total free-for-all of interior design, you might have a hard time coming up with a cohesive plan that will make your first home into the comfortable and stylish haven you crave. Here are some guidelines to help you get started.

The place to begin is by nailing down essentials. Spending your money on an entertainment center to house your TV, DVR, and game console is a bit beside the point when you don’t have a couch or chairs to sit on while you enjoy your media center. And while you probably would love to build out your master suite, your budget may require you to start with a basic bedroom set that serves a functional purpose. It’s important to understand the difference between wants and needs when decorating your first home so you can prioritize. And keep in mind that it’s a process. Once you’ve got the basics in place you can start to add a piece at a time until your house feels like home.

And before you start picking pieces willy-nilly, you need to take style into consideration, both your personal style and the style of your home. The good news is that you can get away with a lot of eclectic mix-and-match furniture these days, especially if you live in a relatively modern structure. But you need some thread of cohesion to make it work. You can definitely pair a sleek, modern settee with a rustic coffee table from Hat Creek Interiors, and add Victorian accents (lamps and mirrors) for flair. But if you’re going to go this route, try choosing all of your items in neutrals or in the same color family to tie it all together.

And don’t forget to prepare appropriately for shopping when you decorate and organize your home. You don’t want to end up with furniture and accessories that don’t match with existing decor, or worse, that you can’t get in the door. So before you even start looking for the elements to complete your interior design, make sure to take relevant measurements, not only of room dimension, but also doorways and staircases, to ensure that you’ll be able to get your items in the house. You can even find apps that allow you to take photos of your rooms and note measurements. This way you can compare new pieces to your existing layout and design before you buy. When you go into the process prepared you can find the perfect pieces to decorate your first home.

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