5 Tips for Furnishing Your New Home
Moving into a new home is an exciting and stressful event, especially if you’re filling up a space from scratch. Creating your ideal home is expensive and time consuming, but one thing is certain: little by little is the key. Unless you have a lot of extra money lying around, filling a new home all at once just isn’t an option. However, taking it one step at a time can give you the time and savings you need to execute it. Here are some tips before you get started.
Evaluate what you have
Go through and clean out your old home. Take inventory of all the things you have, furniture and otherwise. Separate everything thing into two columns: things you want to keep and things you want to eliminate. The furniture that you want to keep can adorn your new place and everything you don’t want can be sold, recycled or thrown away. Sell your unwanted things online or in a garage sale and the proceeds can fund the furnishing of your new home.
Make a list
Look at your brand new empty home as a blank canvas. Go through each room and imagine your ideal design for it. Make a list of all the things you might need. If you need inspiration, look in magazines and on websites for things that fit in with your style. Start with the basics. If you are thinking about quality seating, look at designer chairs at Made.com before heading into a retail store. Fill in as much space as you can with the things you kept from your old home, then start going after the rest.
Now that you have a general plan as to how your domicile is going to look, you can begin to fill it. Since the best strategy is to fill your home gradually, you should pick a starting point that will make the most difference. Consider which room you spend the most time. The bedroom is typically the place that requires the most urgency, because otherwise you might not have a place to sleep. Plus, some suggest that bedding is one area you shouldn’t spare too much expense since quality sleep makes such a difference in a person’s life. Also, did you know the colours you choose in your room can affect you in the morning? If you wake up early, it is best to have bright colours to make your room lighter in the dark early hours. Late sleepers should have deeper tones to keep the room darker for longer.
Make sure you are not over or under-filling a room. If you get too much furniture you are wasting money and space. The same thing can happen if furniture is too big or too small for a room. A large space with small pieces can create a cold, empty space. For Instance, a small or medium sized work space would be perfect for a desk like Made.com’s Fonteyn desk, while a large office space could use something bigger.
Mix it up
As you visit stores and sites looking for the perfect furniture, remember that you don’t always have to buy matching sets. Retailers may even pressure you to buy a whole room set instead of just the item you want and since you need more items any way you might be tempted to oblige. However, you should feel free to mix and match as you please. Besides, when buying full sets you run the risk of making your home look like an impersonal catalog page. If uniformity is something you are after, use colour and style to match up rooms.
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