After moving into a new home…

Interior design doesn’t require you to be a professional or have any previous experience. Anyone can design a home well if they put their minds to it. But you have to remember to go about it the right way to limit the amount of work you have to do.

Professional Movers and Telling Them What to Do

To start with, decide whether you will redecorate your new home before you arrive. There’s little point in hiring professional local movers and telling them to move the heavy furniture into place when you’re going to pull it away again to redecorate. This is why it’s important to make the decision before moving.

Start with the Bedroom

Begin with the rooms where you’ll be spending the most time. The bedroom will take up about a third of your time, so it makes sense to start with this. One good tip on interior design is the simplest things can make the biggest difference. In the bedroom, go out of your way to buy the best bedding you can. This is the biggest focal point of any bedroom, so go all out on it.

Take Time

When moving in, it’s easy to get carried away with renovating this and redecorating that. You make the best decisions after you’ve lived in a location for a certain length of time. Spend at least a month living in your new home before deciding on any big purchases. You may well notice areas that are in need of urgent renovation. For example, you may estimate $5,000 for the bathroom, but after a month you discover that it would be better spent on the kitchen.

Don’t Match

The showroom down at your local furniture store would have you believe that everything has to match up. This is exactly the wrong way to go about it. It only makes your home look generic, lifeless, and boring. Instead, you have to consider how you’re going to stand out from the crowd. You do this by going in the exact opposite direction. It’s okay to match some items, but go out of your way to create contrasts.

Unify Through Color

If you happen to live in a house with furniture from the 1960s, there’s an economical way in which you can tie the room together. Unify through color. For example, unify the curtains and the rugs with the same color. It avoids that generic look, while making it look modern and refreshing. This may require some thinking on your part, but one dominant color can make the world of difference.

Last Word

Designing your new home is an exciting and intimidating time. A good eye is all that’s required to give yourself the home you need. Take on each task one at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed and don’t buy into the idea that you have to do everything right now. An attractive home takes time and effort to build.

written by Izzy Mackey

{Images via Zgallerie, Eva Quateman Interiors & David Hicks}

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