One of the significant challenges that new homeowners will face (like me) aside from the daily housekeeping is decorating their new home. Yes, I know, it can look so brain-dead simple, but there are things that new homeowners need to remember before dressing up their new pad.
Please take note of my ‘precautions’ about this matter so you can avoid the big-blunders that most first time homeowners make in decorating their homes.
First, Buy The Essentials
Buying decors for your new home can be an ‘intoxicating’ experience, and I say this from experience. Heading up to a decor store is not much different from a kid who enters a candy store: you want to snap up everything. I tell you, avoid this temptation at all costs.
Before entering a decor store, you need to set your mind that the first things you must buy are the essential decors you must put inside your home. You must gaze your eyes on beds, dining tables, and sofas because they are what you need. They may have a high price tag, but they will serve you for many years to come, unlike fancy and pricey decors with little value to provide.
Avoid Expensive Accessories
I know how tempting it is to buy those fancy (and pricey) throw pillows, towels, blankets, and other accessories with eye-catching designs, believe me, I know.
Remember this: their high cost doesn’t justify their value, and the chance is high that you’ll replace these things earlier than you expect.
Make A Space For Vintage Furniture
Based on my experience, a house with an all-new, all expensive, and all shiny furniture can feel so lifeless. I told this honest critique to my friend the first time I visited her home, and she was more than happy (and surprised) to hear this.
Also, if you are planning to seek help from home renovations experts, it’s a red flag for them to stuff one’s home with flashy furniture because it will create an imbalanced element on the overall look of the house. Put, it will be a total eyesore.
With that fact, homeowners should put some ‘warmth’ inside their homes, in which vintage or antique furniture entirely emanates.
With the availability of online stores today, you can conveniently find the right antique item (or items) for your home, but do not overstuff your home with these vintage items because they will create an opposite effect of what you’re aiming for. Remember, these items must only account for 25% of your overall decorations.
Put Utility And Beauty In Your Kitchen
Buy high-quality pots, pans, and dinnerware in your kitchen that can also serve as decorations when they are not being used. There is no point in buying low-quality items for your kitchen that you’ll eventually need to replace in a few years.
What first time homeowners need to remember is to invest in necessary and high-quality items even though they are a bit expensive. Since kitchen items are one of the most used things in your house, it all makes sense to buy something that can last for a long time.
One of the major mistakes that most first-time homeowners make is scrimping on kitchen items and spend most of their budget on shiny but low-value items. It’s a big mistake that you need to avoid.
‘Undecorate’ Your Mind
What I mean by ‘undecorating’ here is to ‘unlearn’ all your presumptions about decorating a home. You’ve probably learned these things from TV, movies, idealistic lifestyle magazines, and people around you, but now is the right time to unload all these things and make way for new learning.
With this, you can avoid the big (and costly) mistakes that most people make in dressing up their homes. Today, start taking steps in making your home your R-E-A-L dream home.