Moving into your first home is one of the most exciting things you can do in adulthood. If you’ve lived with your parents until now, this sudden leap into independence is likely to make you feel incredibly eager to start making the absolute most you can of the moving experience.
It’s more than likely that one of the parts of moving into your first home that you are most excited about is the prospect of being able to put your own stamp on the way your new house looks. Interior design can be a lot of fun – but that’s not to say it can’t be a little stressful too!
To help you keep the stress at bay and enjoy the interior design experience, here are our 4 easy tips for decorating your first home.
To stop the costs of your renovations from sky-rocketing without you realising, you should identify your budget for the renovation as a whole. How much are you happy to spend, in total, on redecorating your first home?
After you’ve got your whole-house figure, distribute this between different rooms of the house based on how much you think those renovations will cost. For example, it will be much more expensive to install a new bathroom than it will be to wallpaper your living room and introduce some new furniture.
It’s important that you keep this in mind and do not let the costs run away with you once you start – you’ll be a lot more stressed during the process and won’t feel quite so good about it afterwards either! Plus, keeping to a budget means you sometimes have to think outside of the box when making certain design decisions, and these may just turn out great.
One of the best ways to see how a certain look could tie together is to create mood boards which reflect your individual design ideas.
You can make a mood board digitally using sites such as Pinterest, or you can create them using scissors, glue and printed out photos on a large piece of card. The best way to go about creating a mood board is to identify your color scheme first, before looking at different wallpapers, items, furniture and features which will all tie in together.
Remembering the name of this activity, don’t forget to think about the mood you are trying to create in each room – this will probably influence your choices a fair bit.
Why not keep them afterwards, too? It will be fun to see how your vision came together in real life.
Decorating your first home is no small task, and attempting to keep the costs down can sometimes mean taking on some of the work yourself.
If you do need the help of your friends and family in putting your new home’s design together, don’t be afraid to ask! Family and friends will often be happy to help.
For example, why not host a paint and pizza party for your friends? Order lots of different pizzas and drinks for everyone and invite them over – all you ask in return is for a little help painting your walls. In many cases, this can actually be pretty fun!
You could even ask your friends and family for their help designing in the first place. Someone you know may just have an idea that you think would look absolutely amazing in your space, you just hadn’t thought about it before now.
If you’re a little overwhelmed by your interior design planning, maybe you’re just thinking into it a little too hard!
Don’t forget that the designs you put in place now don’t have to be left the same way forever, and that you can always update your designs to be in line with your changing tastes.
If you like a certain look but aren’t sure whether or not you’ll like it that way for years to come, why not just do it anyway? The process of decorating your first house is supposed to be fun and creative, so let your creativity flow.