7 top tips for furnishing your new home

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Collecting the keys for your new home is the day you’ve been patiently waiting for. You’ve been binge-watching home improvement programmes and you can’t wait to make your mark on the new pad.

From decorating to buying new furniture, we understand why you are eager to get your new place looking homely as quickly as possible. But before you rush out and buy the latest paint colours and fill a van up with flat-packed furniture from IKEA, you’d be wise to take a breath and make a plan. Proper planning will save you thousands in wasted purchases and potential decorating disasters.

We’ve put together 7 top tips for furnishing your new home with style, plus the common mistakes people make.

7 Top Tips for furnishing your new home

 

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1.      Make a plan – ideally sketch out a floor plan. There are lots of easy to use free room planners on the internet.

2.      Get rid of 25-50 per cent of your old stuff before you move in. It’ll make the moving process easier and it’s a chance for you to declutter and get rid of all the rickety, wobbly furniture, broken appliances and questionable accessories.

3.      Create a mood board for each room. Don’t rush into buying furniture and decorating. Most people don’t really know what decorating and furniture styles they like. Find out what appeals to you by looking at interior design magazines and home decorating websites. Collect a dozen or so images of the type of rooms and furnishings you like. It will help you develop a true sense of how you’d like to style your new home.

4.      Set your budget, preferably for each room, but you can pinch a bit from here and there if one room needs something special.

5.      Incorporate vintage or one-of-a-kind pieces. Check out the local flea markets and shop on Etsy for some unique furniture and accessories. It’s tempting to make your new home look just like a page from a store brochure, but those photos have been preened and styled to such a high degree, you’ll unlikely be able to recreate the same look in your home. You don’t want your home to look like a store, you want it to look like a home to relax in.

6.      Start with your bedroom. You’ll be spending more time here than any other room in the house. If you can afford to splurge, buy the bed you’ve dreamed of. Otherwise treat yourself to new bedding with a high thread count. Update bedroom window treatments too. Make this room your sanctuary.

7.      Consider bespoke furniture options to create a unique living space. It’s a great way to exploit storage solutions and give your home an interesting edge. Companies like Empatika offer bespoke furniture solutions and have a strong sustainable ethic.

Mistakes people make furnishing their new home

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Don’t fall foul of some of the common mistakes people make when they are furnishing a new home.

  • Don’t buy everything at once – yes there’s lots of space to fill and you want home to feel like a home and not an empty wasteland. Plus, you’ve been desperate to go on a shopping spree. But, if you go crazy and buy everything at once you’ll likely end up disappointed in more ways than one. Firstly, you are more likely to end up buying things all in the same style. Down the line it could be a fashion disaster and it won’t make your home feel very interesting. Secondly, you are more likely to compromise on quality if you buy everything at once. It’s not necessarily cost effective in the long run.
  • Don’t rush into making big decisions. Give yourself some time to decide what you like. You also need to spend time living in your new home to get a good feel for it, before you make big decorating and furnishing choices.
  • Don’t fix your style around an heirloom or special piece of furniture –you’ve been desperately hanging onto your grandmother’s dresser or such like and in every home you’ve tried your hardest to make a feature of it. It might be a family heirloom, but create too much of a feature out of it and you’ll likely make poor decorating decisions that don’t suit the style of your property.
  • Don’t buy furniture on a whim – you’ve fallen in love with the lush velvet Chesterfield in the sofa showroom, but seriously will it look huge and out of place in your bijou flat? You not only need to measure things up with a tape for best fit, you need to have an eye for what will sit beautifully in your property and what will stick out like a sore thumb.

Good luck. Plan well and take your time with big purchases. Grow your interiors style patiently and organically and you’ll have a stylish home you can be proud of.

Written by Julie Hanson

Julie is passionate about property – development, investment and portfolio planning. Along with husband Alec, Julie is actively building a property portfolio while helping others to do the same.

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