The act of purchasing your first home is an exciting and transformative turning point in anyone’s life. Once you’ve ditched your dorm room’s futon and your roommate’s Picasso copy, it’s time to start thinking about how to make your new place seem like home. In order to do this, consider the following:
A thorough cleaning of your previous residence.
Get a jump on the competition and start this procedure well before making an offer on a new home. If you do this important initial step, you’ll have a much simpler time packing up your existing home and will be well ahead of the game when it comes time to move. Make the effort to get rid of anywhere from 25% to 50% of your old belongings, including any broken furniture, appliances, or dubious presents you may have received.
Now is an excellent moment to begin again. Reduce the quantity of stuff you own down to the bare essentials. You may sell it at a garage sale, auction it on eBay, or give it to a good cause. The things you won’t miss out on will astound you.
Start with the Bedroom.
After all, you’ll be there for around one-third of your time at home. Renew your mattress first if you’re strapped for cash, but don’t scrimp on thread count! Spend as much as you can comfortably afford to in this respect; it will pay off handsomely. A fresh coat of paint on the bedroom walls will look great with your new bedding if you had the extra cash. You’ve got even more money now, right? Toss in some matching drapes or blinds. For those who are up and about bright and early, transparent treatments and lighter hues are recommended.
Avoid making a rash purchase of everything at once.
If you’re planning on making any major purchases for your new home, you should wait at least two months after moving in. It’s not uncommon for people’s ideal usage of a home to vary significantly from their actual use of it. Perhaps upgrading the kitchen and dining area by $5,000 rather than rebuilding the bathroom will better serve your needs for hosting large gatherings. It’s possible that you’ll relocate the loveseat from the living room to the den and the chaise from the master bedroom to the living room.
Prevent yourself from feeling the need to contrast everything.
The myth that everything must be identical is one that is often promoted by shops. Don’t fall into the pressure to purchase everything in a matching set, as much as they would want for you to. Some items that have a similar aesthetic are OK, but too many will give your space the lifeless, generic impression of a furniture shop. Be careful to include your own sense of style, which is likely not to be neutral colors and drab furnishings. Proportion, size, and balance among your furnishings and accents are essential.
Use color to unify the design.
In order to tackle this apparently intractable issue, uniting via color is the simplest and most cost-effective solution. Imagine you have a couch that doesn’t go with anything else in the room except for the fact that a very small percentage of the fabric color is the same as the less dominating color in the rest of the upholstery.