5 Decorating Tips for Moving into a New Place
Moving into a new home can be both exciting and overwhelming. An unfurnished place has so much potential to be transformed into your dream house, an expression of your personality and taste. It also means that you have to make many (many) decisions about how you want to decorate. For some, choosing decor and furniture can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are our decorating tips for how to get started with your new home.
Get inspiration from the Internet
Some folks have a well-established sense of style and know what they want a space to look like right away. This isn’t always the case though, and that’s okay too. If you find yourself a little lost, don’t be afraid to use the internet for inspiration and suggestions. Check out interior design influencers on Instagram to get ideas about color combinations or furniture options. While you may not want to replicate their designs exactly, seeing a room put together can be a great jumping-off point from which to begin your decoration.
Make it your own
If you are moving into your own place for the first time, it can take a while for your house to feel more like your home. One way to speed this process up is to personalize your home with warm touches. These can be small nick nacks or souvenirs from your travels, or large canvas picture prints of you and your family, it’s totally up to you! Adding personal flair can only add to the homey and warm feel of your place. The more that the space reflects your unique life and interests, the more you will begin to feel at home in your new space.
Another factor to take into consideration when decorating is how environmentally friendly you want to be. This might mean looking for sustainable products, recycled packaging, or reclaimed materials. Many companies now make eco-friendly products that are stylish and sleek, meaning that you no longer have to sacrifice aesthetics to make a decision that’s good for the planet. This way, you can be comfortable in your new home and feel good about where you’re spending your money at the same time.
Score freebies and buy second-hand
Along these same lines, one way to shop that is eco-friendly, budget-friendly, and generally wise, is to use social media to buy used furniture and decor from within your community. Many neighborhoods have what are called “Buy Nothing” groups, which encourage neighbors to re-home items that they are no longer using locally and for free. If your area doesn’t have a group like this, you can use online marketplaces to buy gently-used items for much cheaper than buying them new. With a lot of patience and a little luck, these groups can be great for decorating a new space on a budget. Bonus: Every time you buy a used item, you help to create less waste overall, which is better for the planet in the long run.
Balance form and function
When decorating your new home, it can be really easy to be drawn to furniture and decor for purely aesthetic reasons. There is certainly value in buying something beautiful for beauty’s sake! However, remember that you have to live in this home, so it has to be liveable as well. This is more important now than ever, as people all over the world are using their homes as classrooms and offices as well. Instead of creating an art gallery, aim for a good balance of comfortable and stylish when decorating. This will allow you to feel like you can really use your new space, and make it more suitable for you long term.
Hopefully these 5 decorating tips are useful to you as you begin to make your new house your home.