If you’re a first-time homeowner, you’re probably looking for some interior design tips to help make your new house a home. With so many thoughts and questions running through your mind, and rightfully so, it may be difficult to know where to begin. Before you get overwhelmed, just know that it’s not as difficult as you may think! Keep reading to discover 5 interior design tips for new homeowners.
Interior Design Can Be Fun
Have a Plan
As with any big decision in life you need a plan, and choosing the interior design of your home definitely falls into that category. Creating a plan will not only keep the work you want done organized, but it will also help you financially by preventing over spending. Start creating your plan by first jotting down the work that needs to be done. These are typically the projects that deal with the heart of the home, such as: plumbing, lighting, roofing, flooring, etc. Then, create a different section for noting the work you want to be done. These are the projects that aren’t too necessary, but will help create the look and feel you want your home to have.
With each project written in your “need” section, decide the order of importance. Once you have them listed in that order, you can begin adding more details such as any measurements and supplies needed. This can also be done for the projects in the “want” section. You can get extra savvy with it by putting down goal finish dates. Also, don’t forget to research what you’ll need so you can properly budget.
Take Your Time
The idea behind creating a plan is for this very reason – to help you take your time and not feel rushed. Although it’s exciting to become a new homeowner, the last thing you want to do is start making decisions you’ll regret later. As you start to work on your home, most of your upgrades will be permanent fixes, so this warrants taking it slow and thinking it through. If anything, give yourself time to get a feel for your new place, then begin making changes as you see fit.
Express Your Personality
Your new home is just that – yours. Therefore, this is the one space that you can express your personality without apology. Take into consideration your own personality and put your stamp on it. If you like the way stripes and circles look together, go for it!
It’s okay to be bold and allow your taste to shine. Not to mention, you are the one who will be living there so you might as well make it something you’re happy to come home to every day.
Choose Colors Wisely
Back to taking your time, you’ll want to do this when it comes to choosing your paint colors. It can be difficult deciding what to go with. For starters, begin with a color palette such as neutral, cool, or warm colors. Grab some sample swatches and tape (or hold them up) to your wall. Take a few steps back and let your imagination soar.
Once you’ve gravitated toward specific colors you like, opt in to get some paint samples to try out. This will keep you from investing in full gallons of paint only to not be satisfied with the overall selection. Take into consideration that paints will look differently depending on the texture and when completely dry.
If you’re having difficulty choosing a color, you can always opt in to go neutral.
One of the biggest myths when it comes to interior design is that all of the furniture needs to match. On the contrary, the pieces of furniture you buy can be another way to show your unique style. The biggest concern should only be making sure that the pieces simply compliment each other. You could totally get away mixing and matching pieces. Consider visiting local thrift stores to locate furniture that can be upscaled and made into something that really fits your style.
As a new homeowner, you don’t have to get overwhelmed at the thought of being your own interior designer. Instead, use the tips mentioned above and confidently tackle one project at a time. You’ll have it looking how you want in no time.
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