Buying a home can be a big commitment and a tough endeavour to follow through with. But, once you do and you have the house all signed and paid for, next is the hard part: decorating it. Because, despite what you may have been told, decorating to your personal tastes may actually be more difficult than you first thought. Especially considering the fact that you will likely have to re-do many aspects of the house from top to bottom.
With that in mind, here are some of the best ways to actively decorate your first home successfully:
Create a Budget
First things first, you will need a budget for your decorating. As without one you may end up buying things which are way too expensive and spend way outside your means during the overall process. A budget keep your choices realistic, your overall theme cohesive and doesn’t impact you budget as much in your first year.
Once you have made some choices, it’s important to then address the basic style choices of each room: starting with the walls. Colour is important, so make sure it’s something you consider carefully.
For this, a cost-effective choice is to paint each individual room. You can choose to paint everything a neutral colour, which you can then change and modify as you move forward with more defined style choices. Or you can paint these rooms their own unique colours from day one.
So, you have the walls painted and everything from the bottom up looks good. Next step: choose new flooring. Almost undoubtedly the flooring of your new home will not be to your taste. Whether old carpets or strange stained flooring, you may want to re-carpet or put new flooring down in almost every room of your home.
However, this can be quite an expensive venture. So it is important to go through your rooms and decide which ones are the most important to you. For example, you will likely want your living room flooring updated before your spare room, as this is where you spend more time. Make informed choices such as this and slowly change the flooring throughout the house.
Do One Room At a Time
The real trick to decorating your first home is to do it one room at a time. This helps to reduce the upfront costs, as well as giving you time to plan out each individual room and ensure there is a cohesive style throughout the house.
Try to start with rooms that are well-traversed and you will get a lot of use out of. So, your living room, kitchen, bathroom and main bedroom will be the main focus of this decoration effort. This saves you money and gives you the chance to work through the house one room at a time.
Buy Big Things Last
This may be a surprising piece of advice, but one that works over and over again. Buy the big things last. The fact of the matter is that the bigger items you will need aren’t always the necessities (apart from a bed, obviously). So, leave the other items–dining table, dryer, second sofa–until last.
And there you have it! Some of the key steps you can take in order to decorate your first house, without breaking the bank!