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Interior Decorating Dos and Don’ts First for First-time Homeowners

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Moving into your first home can be an exciting feat. You managed to finally secure a home purchase and now you can’t wait to decorate it. But before you do, there are a few considerations you ought to consider.

For one, it becomes a must that you consider your lifestyle before you invest in anything. You also need to think about your family’s special requirements. Since their health, safety and comfort are your top priorities, it only makes sense that you don’t forget them when decorating your home.

Do Avoid Overmatching Your Furniture and Fixtures

Many first-time homeowners are so excited to buy furniture for their family room, kitchen, and other parts of the house. Now that you have absolute control over your interior design, it is easy to get carried away. This is especially true when your budget is not an issue.

One common mistake homeowners often make is over-matching their furniture. For the best results, go for a collected look. Furniture looks better when they coordinate.

There is also no need to try to match your metals. For instance, just because you have silver cabinet hardware already meant your other metals in the kitchen have to be chrome or silver. Don’t be scared of mixing metals.

Don’t Forget to Measure Everything Multiple Times

You may not have any plans to renovate the place soon. You feel in love with your new home just the way it is. But that does not mean you should already forget about your measuring tape.

For one, you don’t want to end up cramping the space. Even if you live alone, forgetting to take your home’s measurement when shopping for furniture, appliances, and the like is a big no-no. You want to make sure everything fits perfectly where each item should be.

You could be shopping for new drapes to liven up your windows. But know that every house was not built with the same window sizes. For best results, be sure to measure everything at least three times.

Do Declutter Before You Decorate

You may already have a couple of items brought in during the moving day. But if you are serious about decorating each room the best way you can, be sure to declutter the space first. You don’t need to wait to paint the walls and ceilings just to clear the room of any clutter to give yourself a better idea of how it should look like.

An empty, clean canvas is better than a messy and disorganized room. You will find it easier to get your measurements right, find the right sizes of seats and tables, and even think about the best color to work on.

If you were unable to get rid of your old items, be sure to remove them first. Don’t simply throw everything away when you can always sell or donate them instead. The fewer belongings you have to work on, the easier it will be for you to decorate and the fewer mental clutter you have to think about.

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Don’t Forget to Incorporate Nature

Sustainability is a big thing in today’s world. More consumers are gearing towards green and sustainable practices in hopes of reducing their environmental impact. It pays to do the same and fulfill your social responsibility by how you design your home.

Incorporating nature does not have to be complicated. You can start by adding a few indoor plants that will compliment your interior design. The additional greenery will help boost your family’s mood, productivity, and health.

You can also consider investing in wall murals featuring your favorite natural scenery. Think of your favorite shot at the beach, flowers, or even wildlife. Hang these on your walls and you get an instant conversation starter.

Don’t forget to leverage natural light. Keep your windows clean, use mirrors strategically around the house, and pull the drapes every morning. Natural lighting can do wonders to your home’s look and feel while reaping the benefits that natural light has to offer.

Do Decorate With Your Personal Style

There is no point in painting a room with this year’s Pantone color just because magazines and experts tell you to do so. Follow your gut feel and invest in things that make you smile. Curate your home’s unique look.

There is no harm in taking inspiration from blogs and magazines. But remember that this is your home. How you and your family feel about decorating is the most important thing. There is no need to rush in decorating your first home so do take your time.

Decorating your first home can be quite fun and stressful at the same time. Many homeowners end up regretting their interior design just a few days after the makeover. You can avoid this by keeping these interior design dos and don’ts in mind.

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