Decorating a New Home
Decorating a New Home
There are few times in life quite as exciting as purchasing a new home. Sure, there is a lot of stress involved – but isn’t that true of all the big moments? Weddings. Having a baby. Starting your dream career. They are all stressful events that promise to have pretty incredible payouts, if you can just get yourself to the finish line.
With a new house, that finish line is often the day you are able to move in, put the last pot away, and declare yourself home. But before that day should come, you may want to consider putting some work into at least starting your decorative vision off first.
Think about it. If you move in and get all your stuff put away, you are only going to make it that much harder to truly put an effort into decorating after the fact. What happens is you wind up accepting whatever the previous owner’s wall colors were, and then arranging your own tastes around that – because it is just a pain to paint after you have moved in.
Don’t get yourself caught in that trap. If you are going to start off in a new home together, do it right by truly making it yours first. Spend some time thinking about color schemes and selecting a palate that you are actually going to enjoy living with for years to come. Choose colors for each room, creating a different feel for the individual spaces in your new home. Then, set about throwing a painting party while the house is still relatively devoid of furniture and belongings. That may mean inviting all your friends over for pizza and beers with paintbrushes in each room, or you could decide it is easier to just hire someone to do the work. After all, painting isn’t for everyone.
Whatever you do, though, do it before you get the rest of your stuff in place. Not only will this save you from having to move and re-move all of your belongings, but it will also prevent any damage coming to those belongings as a result of all that paint.
Once you have your colors selected, then you can start thinking about furniture and accents. Sure, you may have items from your previous home that you love and want to bring along, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to make this space fresh and new in the process. Even just some new prints for the wall or throw pillows to highlight your chosen paint colors can go a long way in helping you to feel as though everything in your new home really is updated and exciting.
This is also an opportunity for you to decide how to combine your decorative tastes, which is something we have discussed here in the past. The nice thing about moving into a new space together is that it is no longer just “mine” or “yours”. You really do get to create that space as a team, making it “ours” along the way.
When looking for inspiration on how to decorate, pay close attention to the looks that you find most visually appealing – and then ask yourself how easy to maintain or comfortable those spaces may be. Remember, you ultimately have to live in this new home, so you want it to be a space you can still be excited about a year or two from now, after the thrill of creating something new has worn off. Make sure your furniture selections are functional and your color choices aren’t going to become slowly obnoxious to you over the years.
Of course, even if they do – you can always redecorate again. But as we’ve already discussed, once you are settled into a space, it can be hard to get the motivation to redo anything. So choose carefully. You may be living with these looks for a long time to come!