The first-time home-buying experience is full of stress and excitement. While it’s most likely your first truly expensive purchase—making it is difficult and stressful—it’s also most likely the first time you’ve been able to pick out exactly what you want in a home. Apartments are more of a “take what you can get” situation, while buying a home is about getting what you want within your price range.
One of the most exciting aspects of buying your first house is getting to make it your own. Explore the top tips for decorating your first house to help you get started with a task that can feel a bit overwhelming.
Too many first-time homeowners fall into the trap of buying décor before they figure out where it may look good in the house. Before you go décor shopping, walk through your new home. Make a note of places you’d like to hang things, places where small trinkets should go, and where seasonal or larger décor pieces would fit in well. With a list of the types of decorations you need in hand, your trip to the homewares store should be much more streamlined—and within budget.
A budget is vital when you’re thinking about décor for your home. Keep in mind that décor is an investment that lasts. You’ll use the decorations in your home, most likely, for as long as you own it. This means years and years of use.
On the other hand, you also just made a huge investment in the house itself. Setting a budget that is realistic for your current financial situation—and sticking to it—is essential. Decide how much you can spend overall, and then break it down into categories to help you stay on track while in the store.
It’s so easy to get into your own head and freak out about buying the wrong décor. Don’t be afraid to purchase decorations that speak to you and see how they look in your home. If you get home from the homewares store and absolutely hate the way the item looks in your house, simply return it and keep searching.
Trust your instincts when it comes to style, and when in doubt, you can research different decades of interior design to help you identify with what décor styles you most respond to.
These top tips for decorating your first home are mere suggestions. The only thing that matters in home decorations is how the people living there feel about them. As long as you love your home, you’ve decorated it properly.