Deciding on your first home can be one of the biggest decisions that a young person can make. Far from the student years of taking the most convenient accommodation, they can get, a home is personal and, thus, must be designed and furnished in a means of reflecting a person’s personality and tastes. These are some design tips that can help any first- time homeowners get started.
- Invest in good quality brands
Although second hand/ charity store furniture can be good on your budget, they can also come with many problems, such as the comfort they provide, their appearance and their fragility. Some second-hand furniture may even cause unwanted pests, such as fleas, to take shelter in your home. Interior Designer Natalie Clegg has even encouraged new homeowners to “select good quality pieces that have warmth and are tactile.” With reliable brands like Direct Furniture Land, it is useful to visit furniture stores personally or to shop online, and choose an overall texture and theme that will brighten up your room and reflect your own tastes.
Many new homeowners may feel the urge to splash out on diverse colours for each room. Unless you wish your home to reflect a rainbow montage, try and avoid clashing colours. Instead go for something simple, like white or cream, before investing in a coloured rug or carpet. This way you can increase the natural lighting of your room, in turn making your room appear bigger, but can also draw your attention to the focal points of your furniture, such as the sofa, table or portraits.
- Portraits and Frames
If you feel like your walls are a bit bland then why not try investing in a portrait or two? They can be pricey so try and search your nearest charity store for some designs that you may enjoy. A portrait can be a lifetime investment, so it is useful to find pictures that can reflect your personality. You can even hang up blown up photos on your wall, or smaller versions that are hung up in portraits with hooks or nails. Some of you may even be creative enough to paint your own mural on the wall.
- Budget and Recycle
Before you decide to splash out on every single piece of furniture you can find, be wary that the cost of this furniture can eventually add up. Avoid this debt by creating a budget on Microsoft Excel and only buying items that will genuinely brighten up your room. You can even recycle old furniture that is in your parents’ house or that you had from your student years.
- Focus on one room at a time
Looking at the bigger picture design of your home can be a bit overwhelming. Try to focus on one room at a time before you confuse your designs together. This way you can feel comfortable living in your home without it becoming a mess. The last thing you want is to get halfway through your design and being forced to start again.\