So you’ve just bought your very first house! Congratulations – assuming all goes well, this will be one of the most exciting times of your life! But how do you go about filling your new home with love? How do you go about deciding on a theme, or furniture? How do you budget? Read on for our simple guide to decorating your first house. Take a look at this link for painting materials to help you get started.
- If you’re moving in with someone else, and living with someone else for the first time, it’s really important that you take into account each other’s tastes. You will have to compromise and there might be some things in the house that you don’t like, but that’s all part and parcel of living with someone else. If you’re living alone, you can go all out with your own tastes – just make sure that you don’t go too over the top as you still want people to feel comfortable when they come to your house!
- Think about your tastes – what do you like, what do you dislike, which kind of colours, patterns and textures inspire you? When you go to a hotel, what do you like about the decor? If you think it would help, make yourself a mood board and refer back to it when you’re shopping. Include colours, textures and patterns that you like.
- If you have the space for it, put in a guestroom. If you can’t put in a full guestroom, at least have a guestbed somewhere – either in your home office, or even something like a Z-bed or sofa bed would do the job. Just in case your mum, dad or sister wants to spend the night!
- If you’re trying to stick to a budget and don’t have anything to start with, concentrate on the essentials. You’ll need things you’ve probably never even thought about – wooden spoons, a colander, a soap dish, plenty of hangers, so make a shopping list and think about all of the things you genuinely need. If you’re unsure about the kind of things you need and you’re moving out of your parent’s house, walk around and take notes of everything in their house that you use every day or every week..
- Don’t be afraid to experiment. After all, it’s your first house, and so you need to make a real impact. Whether you want to go wild with colour or crazy with fabrics, it’s always worth doing something just a little bit different. If you want to be bold, use colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel and if you want to be subtle, go for tonal colours that blend together. Don’t underestimate the impact that a framed poster can have, too – if you’re a fan of The Godfather for example, pop a film poster into a chunky black frame for a chic accessory that says “I’m a grown up” rather than “I’m a student”.