This is it! You can hardly believe it! You are finally moving in! Whether it’s your first home, or the house you have always dreamed about, you are probably beyond excited and want it to be just perfect. However, finances are usually a stretch. A new home puts a huge strain on your budget, so decorating is not always easy. You need a few tricks to build that cozy, beautiful nest, without stretching your money too thin. Here are some of the ways to do just that.
1. Pick a Style
The very first step is to just sit and think about what you want your home to be like. Spur of the moment buys are sometimes great, but if you rely entirely on impulse, you may come home with a beautiful piece, only to realize it doesn’t mesh with your vibe at all. And sure, quirky, eclectic homes are really interesting, but usually, that effortless look actually requires a lot of effort. You want your home to be the embodiment of your own personality and taste. Take a moment to look at yourself and pinpoint what kind of environment you find pleasant. You might really like sleek and minimalist design, but if you are by nature spontaneous and a bit chaotic, it might not be the best fit. If you are not much of a visual type, looking for ideas in magazines and on Pinterest.
2. Plan your budget
Ah, money. Unfortunately, the occasions when money truly isn’t an issue are very rare. In a huge endeavor like this one, it is very important to outline your budget. First, put on paper how much money you can spend. It is crucial you write down everything you need. Start with the essentials, like furniture and indispensable appliances. Planning is very important, because it curbs impulse buys. After all, it wouldn’t be very smart to splurge on an expensive entertainment center, only to discover you have no money left to buy a bed.
3. Pick Your Colors
The best way to give you structure in decorating is to choose a color scheme. Start from the walls. Painting your walls is relatively easy, and it will instantly give your space a personal feel. You can choose to do all your walls the same color, or do an accent wall with a bright color or a patterned wallpaper. Of course, not everything in your apartment needs to be the exact same hue. Choose a shade you really love, then get lots of details in that shade. If you are not very artistic, try using a color scheme generator to do the work for you.
4. Be Smart with Your Money
Here is the secret to doing a great job in decorating your home: don’t skimp when it comes to key pieces. You need your bed and sofa to be comfortable, and your dining table and chairs should last you for years. Splurge on the really important stuff, to get the bare bones right. Once you have the things that you need in order to function, turn to the aesthetics. A few carefully chosen details, like quirky lights, a striking painting or beautiful designer pots with lush plants will transform the space and give it your own personal touch.
The thing that many people tend to forget when decorating their new space is: it’s a work in progress. You don’t have to finish straight away and get every little detail just right. It’s a project that you will be lovingly tweaking for years to come. So, relax and enjoy the process of turning a house into a home.