Decorating Your First Home: The Essential Guide

Moving into your first home is a very exciting time, but it can also be very frustrating. Mostly, this is due to the further costs that you may not have factored into your move. One of those costs is going to be decoration. There’s nothing worse than moving into your brand new home, only to find that you have no idea where to start when it comes to making that house your home! The trick is to make sure that you have a plan before the removals are completed. That plan can save you time and money, and the more in-depth your plan, the sooner you’ll be able to kick back and relax in your brand new, freshly decorated home.

Your first step

Before the removal van arrives, you’re going to need to know what your plans are going to be. Doing this before your home is full of boxes that need unpacking will save you a lot of time in the long run. Go to each room in your home and decide what sort of look you’re going to be aiming for. Also focus on these key points: 

  • Make a list and factor in any painting or repairs that are going to need to be done. Do this before you start unpacking. 
  • Concentrate on the rooms that you’ll be using the most. Look at your kitchen, bedrooms, and living room, and work your way around the rest of the house. 
  • For bigger repair jobs, make sure that they get done before your boxes start arriving. If you need to refloor your home, make decisions on the look that you want, and check with expert retailers, such as Kensyard.co.uk, to make sure that you get the right materials to match your design scheme.

Messy tasks first

You might think it’s time to unpack, but you should leave that for now. First, you’re going to want to get those messy tasks out of the way. Check that list you made, and start ticking off the jobs. If you need to paint or remove wallpaper, you’ll have a much easier time if you don’t have to rearrange all of your unpacked belongings first. 

When your possessions do arrive, make sure that they are loaded into the centre of their designated rooms. That way, if you do have to paint, you don’t have the hassle of moving everything out of place. You’re going to want some space to work with, and the less you have in the way, the quicker you’ll be able to get to work. 

Furniture placement

Now that the basic framework of your home is ready, it’s time to start arranging your furniture. If you have the essentials already, then think carefully about how you want your rooms to look. Play with different set-ups and work out which is going to suit the theme that you’re aiming for. For first time homeowners, the chances are that you’re going to need to buy additional furniture. Make sure that these fit with your current possessions. However, also consider the following points: 

  • Always work down in size when it comes to buying new furniture. Start with beds, cookers, and sofas, so that the smaller items can be fitted in around them, rather than the other way round. 
  • Make sure that you look at light switch placement and plug sockets so that you’re not left with wires all over the floor or the inconvenience of a sofa that is miles away from the lights.

The flourishes

Once all of your big jobs are out of the way, it’s time to add the little touches. This is usually where the personality of your home will come from, so make sure you know what kind of look you’re going for. Lamps, throws, tables, chairs and garden furniture should always be your last stage of moving in. Once these are in place, you’re all set up.

Once your home is ready, you can take the time to move and adjust as and where needed. Now that you’ve moved into your new house, you have the luxury of time to make your home the best it can be.

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