Buying your first home is an exciting time, likely you have some vision of what it will be like to come home to a house that is all your own. Owning your own home opens up so many doors of possibility when it comes time to decorate, you can do whatever you like without having to worry about breaking a rental agreement. On the other side, you have an entire house to furnish and style, which can be stressful. Here are eight tips on how to decorate your new home with zero hassle.
1. Less is more
Fortunately, Scandinavian design and minimalism are in, meaning you can artfully decorate your house with less and make it look amazing. The key is comfortable, streamlined pieces in neutral colors and classic styles.
2. Decorate around your favorites
If you have favorite pieces show them off. For instance, if you have a sofa in a bold color place neutral end tables and lamps around it to let it be the focal point. If you have a favorite piece of art add a few simple accents around it to draw the eye but not detract from the piece itself. And don’t be afraid to go bold if you’re looking for a new piece. Finding a statement piece can be a challenge if you’re not looking in the right place. Check out niche shops like European Leather Gallery and get something just for you.
3. Display unique items
Do you have a pair of shoes you love but hardly wear? Or maybe you own a vintage bar set, try to find a way to incorporate them into your decor. Adding a unique non-traditional item to your bookcase or another shelf makes for a great conversation starter at any parties you may host.
4. Find a theme you want to implement throughout the house
Whether you want your house to be cozy or old Hollywood glamour, find inspiration online or in magazines and incorporate it throughout your home. Having a theme makes buying and decorating easier if you know what atmosphere you want your house to have.
5. Don’t be afraid to copy
If you visited a hotel that was incredibly stylish don’t be afraid to recreate it. Or maybe you visited a beach house on vacation and loved how airy it felt, copy the key decor pieces, such as an overstuffed cream-colored sofa or a whitewashed coffee table or a jar of seashells.
6. Decorate for yourself
Remember, this is your home, you have to feel comfortable in it. Don’t decorate with the sole purpose of impressing guests, else your home could end up feeling impersonal and cold.
7. Get some help
You don’t have to hire a professional, but a friend or family member with a keen eye for decorating can be a tremendous help, if they’re willing to assist you, show them a few photos of what style you’re going for and see what ideas they have.
8. Take your time
You own your home and can take your time setting it up just the way you like. Buy a few pieces here and there if it’s in your budget. Try moving the furniture around or sample new paint colors. There’s no rush, enjoy the freedom of being a first-time homeowner.
November 27, 2018