Decorating Your First Home

The purchase of your first home is a very exciting thing, but actually moving into your first home can be even more exciting. This may be your first chance to create a home or a family.

It will also be your first chance to completely decorate and make the space yours. If you are like many people, you moved out of a small apartment or college dorm into your new house.

You now have much more space to work with as well as liberty. This extra space can seem overwhelming at first if you think about it too much.

When it comes to decorating, the first thing you will need to do is clean your old apartment or living area. You do not want to leave a huge mess for someone else to clean up.

When you get a confirmation that you will be able to move into your new home, you will want to start packing and cleaning right away. These tasks are going to take some time and you do not want to run into a crunch at the end.

After you are done with the old home, you will want to turn your attention to the bedrooms. Each bedroom is an individual area that each person in your family can add their own touch to.

In addition, about a third of your time will be spent in the bedroom so it is worth it to spend your time there. If your bedding is old, you may want to consider purchasing new, fluffy, warm bedding.

The color and style of the bedding can completely alter the way that a room looks. After you have selected the bedding, pick what color of paint you want to paint the walls.

This color should complement the bedding well. In children’s rooms you may want to add wall decals and other designs to the walls.

Remember to carefully plan out where you are going to hang up pictures and to measure and level it before you finish. If you can, try to think about who will be sleeping in the room.

Those who like to sleep in tend to like dark colors for bedding and for the walls. However, those who get up early in the morning tend to like lighter colors.

The next thing you will need to do is space out when you buy things. You just bought your first home, so you are probably making payments that you are not used to paying.

Purchasing a house is a huge expense. Even if you feel like you have money to spend on decorations, wait a little while to buy them.

When you move in, you will have an idea of how you will live in that home. However, after a couple months of actually living there you may find that you expectation has changed slightly.

Instead of having a particular thing placed in a certain spot, you may find that you prefer it in a different spot. After you have settled in, moved things around, and lived there for a couple of months, you will have a better idea of how you want things to look and what kinds of decorations would be the most effective. You may find that you would prefer to remodel a different room than the one you originally intended to remodel.

In addition, you should be careful to avoid matching every room in the same colors and fabrics. Not everything has to match and it often looks better if not everything does match, but complements each other.

Use different prints, colors, and patterns to let your personality shine through. You may enjoy looking through home room design magazines and getting ideas and learning how to do styles that you like.

Remember to balance everything in the room so that nothing looks overdone. Do not put too much into one room.

If one thing is going to be the same, the best thing to keep constant is the color. The color can tie everything together while allowing a variety of styles and patterns to attract and capture the eye.

For example, in your daughter’s room you may want a unifying color of pink. However, everything in her room should not be plain pink.

Let whites, purples, greens and blues sneak in through different patterns and wall decorations. This will make the room much more interesting and a beautiful masterpiece.

If you begin remodeling, try to find as many bargains as possible. Remodeling projects tend to expand into big, expensive ordeals.

Jack R. Landry has worked in real estate since 1988 as an expert on home buying and construction. He has written hundreds of articles on real estate and home construction including new construction Utah.

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