Moving into a new home can be one of life’s great joys, but it can also be a time of uncertainty, especially when it comes to decorating. How do you make your space more beautiful while reflecting your personal sense of style? Do it right and you will end up with a comfortable and happy home. Get it wrong and you’ll end up with a hodgepodge of furniture, fabrics, and paint colors that will never freeze into a pleasing whole. With a little planning and following the same steps used by professional interior designers, you’ll have a much better chance of success.
BEFORE YOU START.
First, let’s address some of the top mistakes people make when furnishing a new home. – Don’t overfill. Just because you have a whole new empty space to work with doesn’t mean you have to immediately fill, cram, and coordinate every space, nook, and cranny. Start with your investment coins rather than buying it all at once (more on that later), then you can add additional non-essential coins later.
– Don’t trust your eye over a tape measure. Thinking your new sofa and coffee table will fit is very different from knowing it will, so save yourself the stress and hassle on delivery day by knowing your measurements well before placing your order.
1. Know the dimensions of your rooms.
Get to know your space by measuring the square footage, and if you haven’t moved in yet, use the realtor’s floor plan to get a better idea of the If the layout differs greatly from your current home, that’s when you’ll need to consider furniture that will suit your space. If you’ve downsized, your current furniture might no longer fit. And if you start fresh, the world of furniture belongs to you!
2. Don’t buy all at once and decide how you want to live in your new home.
This is the tricky part, and there are no right or wrong answers. Decorating a home for someone who regularly hosts large dinner parties, for example, should be different from decorating a home for someone who eats out every night. So you have your dream home, you know which room is which, and
3. Set your budget and start with your bullion coins.
The term bullion coins can have connotations like costing a lot of money, but try to think of your bullion coins as just that – investments, not expenses. So if you can afford it, it’s a very smart move to spend more on these basic pieces for your new home.
4. Tie everything together with color
Starting with a blank canvas like a new home doesn’t mean you have to buy everything to coordinate your space. Using color is a great way to tie your room together. So if you already have a sofa but now have room for a coffee table, consider your materials and color scheme. This will help to harmoniously combine the rooms together.
The neutral scheme of many new homes is a great opportunity to be bold with your color choices. Our velvet sofas are a great example of how to inject color into a more neutral space. With our free sample swatch service, it’s easy to order a few swatches to get a flavor for your color palette and material choices.
5. Take inspiration from other new owners or seek advice from Ola Deco Design.
Glossy interior magazines look great. However, sometimes the best style inspiration can come from real homes. There is a whole community of new owners sharing their design journey on social media platforms such as Instagram and Houzz, so be sure to follow the members of the community. #new home, #new build and #first time buyer are great hashtags to start with. Then you’ll start discovering accounts you like! You can also use the platforms to ask questions and even share some of your own knowledge. This can be invaluable when moving to a new home.
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