Decorating advice for your new home

Decorating advice for your new home

Buying new real estate is an exciting time, which offers the chance to start afresh with new colors and styles. Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive; in fact, it can be done very cheaply and can make a huge difference to the feel of a home.

One of the best ways to achieve a professional decorating finish is to go for a general decorating scheme throughout. The best rooms to start with are the kitchen and bathroom, as these are the rooms that will need decorating to match the existing suite and tiles. For example, an olive green bathroom suite will only really go with other shades of green or neutral colors, whereas a white bathroom suite with fairly neutral tiles will go with almost any color scheme. In addition, the kitchen and bathroom are likely to have had the most wear and will probably benefit the most from redecoration. After the kitchen and bathroom, it is a good idea to go on to the living space, for example, the living and dining rooms, as these are the rooms that will be used and seen most by guests.

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Although a neutral scheme can help to make a house feel cleaner and brighter, it is important to add a few personal touches to make a house feel like a home. Ways to achieve this include feature walls in strong, favorite colors or patterns, canvas prints or photo frames of classic family moments and quirky accessories such as cushions, rugs, and lampshades in bright colors or patterns. The key to making a house feel like a home is to make it feel inviting; cover cold floors with warm rugs, place a ‘welcome’ doormat by the door, and mix in warm colors to create an inviting atmosphere.

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Buying a new home is always expensive, however, it can be especially expensive for first time buyers, who not only have to buy the home but also have to buy all of the furniture, kitchen equipment and other essentials they need to go in it. Therefore decorating might seem like an expensive task.

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However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Using the same color base throughout can help to reduce costs, and paint can sometimes be bought in bulk for a cheaper rate. Neutral, ready-mixed colors are often less expensive than specialist, mixed-to-order shades. Those who don’t have enough money to decorate their entire home can select the rooms that need decorating the most, or the rooms, which will be, used the most.

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Other excellent ways to decorate a new home on a budget include buying cheaper furnishings such as cushions and lampshades from charity shops or online, jazzing rooms up with cheap accessories such as vases to add color rather than painting the walls with color, and choosing shops’ own-brand paint products instead of more expensive branded tins.