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Top Tips for Decorating Your New Home

Decorating your new home doesn’t have to be complicated. You may already have some design ideas in mind or you might need some further inspiration, either way it’s important to put your own stamp on the property and choose a colour palette you are comfortable with.

Below are some tips that will assist you in decorating your new home:

Gather Inspiration

If you are not sure what colour scheme to go for or what feel you are looking for, have a look through some magazines, browse the internet and print out pictures of any rooms you feel inspired by. You can emulate the look of any room by choosing similar decor and colours.

Avoid Getting Stressed Out

Decorating a home can be quite a daunting experience, particularly if every room needs a makeover. Approach the project with a positive mentality and have a clearly defined goal in mind. Although decorating can be a stressful experience, try to enjoy it as it might be a while before you next redecorate the property.

Determine your Colour Palette

Choosing the right colour palette is crucial to achieving the look you want. With so much choice regarding paint colours and wallpaper designs it can be difficult to narrow it down. To help decide on a colour scheme for each room you can get paint samples from a DIY store and try numerous colours to see what works well together. You can usually get wallpaper samples as well and some stores will also give you access to flooring samples so you can see what this will look like next to your choice of paint or wallpaper.

Utilise What is Already Available

If you are not planning on refurnishing your new home, you should take your furniture into account when designing your rooms. Choose colours that match to avoid any colour clashes. If you want to change your furniture but have a tight budget, recovering couches or dining chairs is a great way to give your furniture a new look. Re painting or glossing your existing furniture can also help give it a new lease of life.

Accessorize

It’s not just the walls and the flooring that make a house look like a home. Accessories are a crucial part of interior design. Choose things you like to make each room your own and search for inspiration in shops or magazines. Make sure your accessories are well coordinated with your colour scheme and don’t over accessorize.

Maintain Neutrals for Permanent Fixtures

Permanent fixtures such as walls and flooring are not so easy to replace. By keeping these neutral, you can add vibrant colours in the form of cushions, accessories and wall art. If you feel like a change in the future, you can simple change your accessories. This will give the room a whole new feel at a fraction of the cost of redecorating.

Shop Around

Once you have decided on the colours you want and any accessories you like, have a look around to find the cheapest place to purchase. You may be able to find something similar at a fraction of the cost.

Choose a Good Decorator

As with anything there are some decorators that are better than others. Do some research into local tradesmen and check reviews from previous customers. Recommendations from friends and family can also help you choose a good decorator. If you are still unsure, your local Estate or Lettings Agency may be able to recommend someone for the job as they will often have a list of tradesmen that they regularly hire.

Buying a new home is a big step and re decorating is a fun and exciting way to make your new home your own. If your new property is a rental property, there are numerous things you will need to be aware of to ensure you get your deposit back if you decide to move out. Be sure to check with your landlord or Estate Agency what you are permitted to do if you wish to make any changes to the property.

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