Choosing a first home is arguably one of the most important decisions that you will ever have to make in your life. It’s not just a case of finding something that you like and going for it; there are many other factors that must be considered first. You have to find a suitable area, something that is relatively central to your work and family commitments, and of course your home needs to be big enough for your family to grow into as the years go by.
This can be an incredibly stressful process, if you focus on the big picture as opposed to breaking the task down into bitesize chunks and approach it with a holistic and thorough approach. The main thing of course though, is that you try to enjoy yourself and have fun in the process.
All you need is a little bit of planning! Check out our top 10 tips for decorating and furnishing your first home for a little insight into how you can take much of the stress out of the equation.
Neutrality is important when furnishing your home, given that is allows much more flexibility when it comes to decoration. Opting for colours like black, white and timber tones is helpful as they are easily dressed up with a splash of colour which can be drawn from things such as rugs, furniture, cushions and paintings.
Write Everything Down
There are many things in life which you can get away with ‘winging’; decorating and furnishing your home is not one of them. It is important that you are careful to budget and list things down so that you can gain a clearer scope of how much work you have to achieve, and how much money you have to do so.
A Good Bed is not Good Enough
We spend the large majority of our lives in bed, though not nearly enough is you ask me. You will have many things to buy over the coming months, none so important as your beds and bedding. Investing a little extra on something as important as this will not only make your life easier, but it can improve your overall health and well-being. The different between a good ‘standard’ bed and an excellent one is staggering – bridge the gap and treat yourself, as there are other ways for you to save money during a renovation.
This is quite a strange point to follow on from ‘splash out on a bed’ with – however budgeting is exactly how you will be able to afford the everything that you need. Knowing exactly how much money you can afford to set aside will allow you to break down each room and get a full understanding of how much money you will have to play with. This will give you the opportunity to make decisions on where you are able to spend more money, and where you will have to shop a little smarter.
This tip is overlooked all too often. Doing something as simple as measuring your doorframe before buying certain items of furniture can save you a world of stress in the long run. When renovating your home you must be able to know exactly how much space you have to play with so that you can plan each room transformation accordingly.
You Don’t Need it all at once
Prioritise your spending. It’s all very well having a wonderfully decorated bedroom with plenty of fancy ornaments and paintings when you don’t have a bed to sleep in. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so take your time when building your empire and leave the less important investments to last.
One at a Time
I want to say: ‘too many chefs spoil the broth’, but I’m pretty sure having an army of people helping you with your home renovation would make life much easier, though unfortunately there are some things that you just have to get on with on your own. Although in this case it is important to take your time and tackle one room at a time. Things can get messy if you’re all over the place starting one job here, before finishing the other over there. Get inspired and pour yourself into one room at a time for the best possible results.
Painting isn’t half as bad as watching it dry, but it’s still pretty tiresome. Though that doesn’t take away from the fact that nothing can transform a room quite as effectively as a lick of paint. Get it right and you can really create an impact when decorating your new home.
Mix it up
Some people like to have a recurring theme throughout the home, and while it is nice to have a sense of unity throughout it can cause a great deal of restriction when it comes to decorating. Mix and match and change things up often until you finally settle on a style that suits you best.
Now is the time to be chilling out and not stressing! This is your new home, you can the freedom to do with it whatever you please, so take your time and enjoy the process of transforming a building into your very own nest. Once it’s complete you will be able to rest easy!