From the first visit to your new apartment, even before you put an offer in, to the moment you sign on the dotted line and it officially becomes yours, you will probably have plenty of decorating ideas floating around in your head. You may have collected magazine images, paint and wallpaper swatches, or even dedicated a whole section in Pinterest to your pursuit of the perfect decorating tips and ideas for your new home. There are so many thing you could do with your new property, and you are sure to want to stamp your own mark on it.
Here are 5 tips to help you get started with decorating your new apartment:
1. Choose your colours carefully
Bright and bold colours may appeal to you, but before you paint the walls that bright shade of lime or use bold pink for a feature wall stop and consider if these are colours you would be happy to live with or if you could quickly fall out of love with them. Bold colours can look stunning when done right – if your apartment is on the small side, however, you may prefer to confine these bright shades to pictures on your walls, soft furnishings and even rugs as they can make small spaces seem smaller when over used. Sometimes less really is more.
2. Go Slow
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and there is no need to decorate your entire apartment immediately. Give yourself time to get used to the space, see how the natural light works for you and use it to your advantage. Don’t feel that you have to completely furnish one room before you can move onto the next; sometimes finding the right pieces of furniture can take time.
Your floors will get a lot of wear over the years so it is worth investing in good quality flooring which will last. Hardwood flooring is not only visually stunning but incredibly hard wearing and if you take care of it properly then it will look beautiful for many years to come.
4. Soft Furnishings
It is worth spending a bit of money on soft furnishing for your new home; they can really change the look of a room and are a great way of adding personality to a room especially on a limited budget. Add colour and style to your couch with plenty of scatter cushions. Choose complimentary colours for your curtains and if your lounge is a good size consider investing in a rug. It will help break up a large expanse of floor.
If this is your first home then you probably won’t have much furniture to start. Although going out and buying everything cheaply could seem like a good idea, it may be a false economy. Start with the essentials; a bed, wardrobe and even a sofa.
Pick good quality furniture that will last you for a long time. Make a list of everything else you would like to buy for your new home and buy it slowly in order of necessity. If you live on your own then it may not be important to start buying things like a dining table and chairs. You want to enjoy doing up your new home, looking for the items of furniture you really want could take time. If you are not sure on something then give yourself some time to think. It is also important to measure the spaces you need to fill. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a piece of furniture only to find it doesn’t fit where you plan to put it.
Once you’ve considered all the points above, you should have a clearer picture of how your dream apartment should look, and you’ll be ready to go shopping!
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