There are many home decorating tips that can make any move less taxing.
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When you are to transition from apartment living to buying your first house, the task can be both exciting and overwhelming. Many people feel having a “whole” house to decorate is the most overwhelming part.
Often, the furniture you have been living with is a collection of hand-me-downs and bargain basement finds combined with a few good pieces you’ve purchased. The apartment remained very neutral because of landlord restrictions. And the fact you didn’t want to put a lot of time and effort into a place that you knew you would be leaving.
You now have a house larger than the apartment…where do you start?
Tip 1: Hire an interior decorator.
This is a great idea if you have discussed with the decorator how much input you intend to have in the process ahead of time. Her decorating tips and expertise will certainly be welcomed. However, remember you are the one living in the house…the final decisions should be yours.
There are many horror stories about the decorator who arrives and announces that absolutely everything must be thrown out and you must start from scratch.
Is this necessary?
Tip 2: If the decorator advises you to throw everything out, the first thing that goes is the decorator!
Unless it is your choice to throw out everything, it is seldom necessary or realistic. Unless your taste has changed 180 degrees, many existing pieces can be incorporated into your new home.
Tip 3: Mixing family heirlooms and “gently used” pieces with new gives the room personality. Your “hand-me-downs” can be great accent or conversation pieces.
Take a careful, and honest, look at the hand-me-downs. Some pieces may be kept because they have sentimental value. Some may be kept because they will serve the purpose until you can afford the new pieces you’ve chosen. Old trunks from the loft can be repurposed into stylish & trendy pieces like these vintage storage trunks.
Tip 4: Another great decorating tip to consider when moving into a new space is walk through the entire house, looking at how each room relates to other rooms and passageways.
New homes tend to be more open with one room flowing right into the next. Older homes have more defined spaces, with definite delineations between rooms.
With this in mind choose a colour scheme. The wide-open floor plans of newer homes may require you to carry one colour through several rooms if there isn’t a logical place to stop one colour and start another.
Colours create specific sensations in all of us, so choose colours you are comfortable with and not whatever colours are the latest trend.
Which comes first… fabric or wall colours? Great question!
Tip 5: The general consensus among decorators is selecting a paint palette is less of a hassle if the fabrics are chosen first.
It is much easier to find a paint colour to go with a fabric than to find fabric to go with paint. You can always have paint colours custom mixed… a textile manufacturer won’t change a fabric colour just for you!
Remember, your walls will be the largest field of colour and have the greatest impact. Choose two or three coordinating colours for the trim and ceilings. No, ceilings DO NOT have to be white!
Tip 6: Primary & Secondary Colour Percentages
A good rule of thumb when combining colours is to use your primary colour 65-70%, your secondary colour 15-20% and your accent colour the remainder.
Tip 7: Prioritize your rooms.
If you can’t decorate the whole house all at once (and few of us can!), list them from the most to the least important. Can’t decide on a “must do first” room? Where do you spend the most time? Usually, it’s the family room or living area. It would make sense to start there.
For each room you intend to decorate, ask yourself:
- What will that room be used for?
- How many people will frequent it?
- What kind of natural light will it receive?
- Is there already a focal point (log burner, Palladian windows, bifold doors etc) or do you need to create one?
- What special pieces do you already have that could be incorporated into the new decorating plan? (sofas, mirrors or furniture you want to build around)
Once you answer all these questions, you are ready to make your new choices.
Write your plan down and take it with you when you shop for house decoration items. Don’t be influenced by the latest trends if they don’t fit in with your plan. At the same time, don’t be so rigid that you can’t bend a little to accommodate a great find.
Tip 8: Organize your samples and ideas.
After you’ve spent the time to collect paint chips, fabric samples, design ideas from magazines and sketched out floor plans, it’s helps to keep everything organized.
Your samples and ideas are of no use if you can’t put your hands on them when you need them!
Tip 9: Gather ideas from many sources.
If you are at a point in life where home decorating is a new interest, look to many resources for information and inspiration. There are thousands of books and websites dedicated to home decorating…you can’t possibly read them all (but you can try!).
Armed with these ideas and decorating tips, you are ready to take on any project!
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