Few things in life are as difficult as decorating your first home. With so many options available and so many choices to choose from, it’s not easy to get frustrated. Many of us turn to things we know or want, out of desperation. The situation is not limited to first time decorator. It’s not hard for people today to start in midlife and find the movement that comes from the end of a relationship or a new career. Whether you are just starting out, these steps can help you through the difficult process of decorating your home for the first time.
Decide what you like
Many people don’t know what beautiful style they like. They do not lack imagination. They just don’t know how to express their interests. The easiest way to find out what interests you is to look at pictures of other homes. It’s scary to be selfish, but the easiest way is to use Houzz’s image. Save your favorites in your notebook. You can rummage through design books or crop photos from newspapers. After collecting at least 12 photos, sit down and compare. What are the differences in color, furniture style, pattern and density of elements in the room?
Floor plan sketch
I know that sounds lovely and your school teacher will teach you how to do it. (“Be sure to plan the floor plan before you start the project.”) But the internet has made those steps a lot of fun. You can find free floor plans online. My favorite is a piece designed by Jordan’s Furniture in Boston. It is easy to use, flexible, has a wide range of furniture designs, and is not limited to proprietary furniture types. If you want to know how the floor plans apply in real life, use the moving boxes to “design” your furniture, or make an imprint for each room with newspaper, bath towels, or a blanket.
Select color palette
Some say you should have a color palette on the floor. Others agree to start with an image. We recommend starting with the product you are most connected to. If it’s carpet, put a color palette on it. If it’s a photo you have or one of your favorite clothes, take a look at the decor. For example, if you like yellow, start there. Once the palette is in place, the rest of the decorating begins. Use neutral colors for commercial items like sofas or dining tables, and add color to tones or colors like pillows, lights, and artwork. This way, you can change the color scheme to your liking without spending a lot of money.
Examine your space (such as doorways, stairs, and doorways in your home) before you shop and take the measurements with you when you shop. In a theater with a 6-meter ceiling, the furniture looks smaller than in the living room. And don’t buy similar furniture unless you want your home to look like the furniture for sale.
Mix the old and new
Don’t buy anything new. Go to a thrift store or, if you can’t afford it, visit a thrift store, wholesaler or retailer and buy a few items that don’t look like they were bought in store. Carvings steeped in history give a room personality and depth and what sets the house apart from the furniture showroom.