For most of us, buying our very first home is a major milestone in our life, alongside getting married and having our first child. As well as feelings of excitement and the idea of a fresh start, it can also be stressful and worrying process. Part of the journey is centred around decorating and making major interior design decisions.
Before we fully move in, a lot of us already have vision of how we want our home to look, whether that be a particular theme or just winging it. However, when it comes down to it sometimes getting our dream interior can either be too expensive, disruptive or just not realistic and it can leave you feeling disappointed. Here are some tips to follow to avoid that…
1. Don’t overdo it
Sometimes ‘less is more.’ Try and be minimal to start with then you can always add things in as time goes on. This is especially true if you are wanting to get a contemporary interior, which is all about minimalistic décor and clean spaces. It can be tempting to go over board when you have your first home with lots of pictures, ornaments and furniture. The danger is that you might end up cluttering your new home and make things more stressful – this is not what you need when you’ve just moved in! Be minimal in your approach, go for neutral flooring, walls and furniture, you might want to change things around in a few years’ time and this gives you the scope to do this!
2. Don’t go into decorating blindly, have a plan!
Although you can wing decorating to a certain extent, it’s always good to have some idea even if it’s not totally ridged. No major project should be embarked upon without some sort of design plan, especially if it’s an expensive and disruptive process!
This means picking some sort of colour and interior theme, for example choose whether you’re going down the rustic or contemporary route. You don’t want to find that you’ve fallen in love with a gorgeous parquet wood flooring to then find out it doesn’t complement the furniture you have! You don’t have to be really strict and make sure every little thing is perfect but have some sort of plan is a good place to start!
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for professional advice
If it’s your first home, it’s likely that you’re not going to have all the answers and experience when it comes to doing up your new home. We all need help with new things like fencing or doing some yard work with that said any interior design ideas are no exception! If you’re finding it hard to execute your ideas, it’s a good idea to hire an interior designer or a fence company that can make your vision come to life and give you extra inspiration. Although this will come at a cost, you don’t want to spend all your savings on new floors, furniture and walls to then find you’re not really happy with it.
Whole getting your first home is a dream, it can be a nightmare if you don’t get things as you want it!