Here are some quick tips on how to decorating new home:
- Begin with the bedroom
The bedroom is typically the room that’s most likely to be overlooked when it comes to decorating new home, primarily because it’s not a room that’s regularly displayed to guests. Homeowners spend thousands on sprucing up living rooms and bathrooms and ensuring their kitchen appliances are bang on trend and glisteningly pristine but neglect to show the same attention to their bedrooms. In reality, your bedroom is probably the room you’ll spend most of your time in – almost a third of your life, in fact – so it stands to reason that it should be lavishly decorated and transformed into your own personal retreat. Your bed and mattress should be one of your most expensive purchases, so take your time and choose them carefully. Good quality bedding is required to boot.
- Mix and match
If you follow the example set by every home furnishing magazine that’s ever been published, you’ll end up with a dull, drab, excessively co-ordinated show-home that probably incorporates a lot of greys, beiges or – you guessed it – magnolia wall paint. Although a living room that’s straight out of ‘Good Housekeeping’ might dazzle and impress your guests, it’s unlikely to feel like your home; when decorating new home, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through and inject a bit of your personality into your decor. Look for alternative places to shop to add a quirky twist to an otherwise stuffy room; second-hand furniture shops and auctions in Belfast or other major cities will have plenty of uncanny vintage items on sale that are guaranteed to add a touch of character and personality to your home.
- Take your time
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you don’t need to stress yourself out worrying about getting your house in tip-top condition within two minutes of unpacking your bags and moving in. Give yourself some time to get to know your house and what kind of style you’d like to emulate in it; the decor and furnishings you choose will depend partly on your personal style, and partly on the size, shape and set-up of your new home. Smaller houses will require lighter colours and more compact furnishing, while bigger houses with high ceilings will, conversely, demand more furniture and darker shades. Taking your time will allow you to budget more effectively, too, and identify any urgent home improvements that need to be made such as dodgy electrics or leaking appliances.
- Think long-term
Working out which rooms you ought to be the most attention to when decorating new home can be difficult and daunting; to make the job a little easier, think about the rooms that need the most help and work out which improvements would be the most profitable if you came to sell and look for a new home. Kitchens, for example, are often a focal feature for potential buyers, so your first step (after the bedroom, of course!) might be renovating and modernising your kitchen and dining area.