You’ve located your perfect home, picked up the keys and moved in all your belongings so now the fun begins – decorating! However, facing a blank canvas can be rather daunting. Choosing colour schemes, purchasing furniture, and figuring out how to arrange everything in a way that is both stylish and practical is challenging.
It’s likely that you’ll have some work to do before you manage to settle in and put your personal stamp on your new home, reflecting your personality. We have some pointers which may help you get started creating a beautiful cosy home.
Do major renovations first.
Before you start, consider whether you want anything removed or installed that could change the layout of the space before you invest time and money decorating each room. You may be thinking about updating the kitchen to a more modern design or perhaps adding an en-suite to boost the value of your home. If you wish to make major renovations do them before you start investing your weekends into painting and wallpapering.
Use neutrals and add pops of colour.
If you’re not set on a particular colour scheme, sticking to neutrals is a great way to ensure that everything looks cohesive and blends seamlessly without you feeling pressured to choose a colour combination you’ll be stuck with for the foreseeable future.
Whites and greys can be perceived as boring however, these neutral colours can feel cosy and inviting if you choose a shade with warm undertones. You can then add pops of colour into the room through curtains, cushions and rugs that are easier to switch out if you change your mind or want to refresh the room.
You may well have certain furniture items in mind or sumptuous fabrics and carpets but bear in mind how practical these items will be in your home on a day-to-day basis. For example, a velvet sofa is guaranteed to look stunning in the living room but if you have young children or pets, a leather sofa which is wipeable or something with loose covers maybe more suitable and easier to maintain.
Choose a focal point.
Each area in your home should have a focal point that draws the eye and serves as a foundation for the rest of the decor around. For instance, you might have a fireplace in the living room, a striking wooden staircase in the hall or an island in the kitchen. These aspects give your home character, and they can serve as a great starting point when you are creating your interior design.
For example, if your bathroom is tiled in a particular pattern or rich colour, this can then be used as the foundations for the style of mirrors and storage you choose for a luxurious finish, such as a freestanding bath or elegant fixtures. creating an overall look to your home that looks considered.
Plan for lighting.
Lighting isn’t something that should be an afterthought in the interior design process, as it has the potential to make or break a room. When you first move into a property, the lighting you choose should be a priority. Well-considered lighting can create a wonderful ambiance in your home and will add decorative touches to a space. Lighting can either be used as a subtle feature that blends into the background, or you can choose a statement piece that adds drama and style to the room.
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