The housing market has gone a little crazy lately, with house prices reaching an unprecedented high in just the first few months of the year. The price increase comes as demand for new homes skyrockets, with households across the country looking to get on the ladder. Whether you’ve just completed or are still on the lookout for the right home, decoration will be a major first concern. But how do you even start to style a new home?
Start With The Sofa
Often times the hardest part is knowing where to start. With the blank slate of a new home, the possibilities can seem endless – and you’d be forgiven for suffering a bout of analysis paralysis when it comes to even the basic stuff. But with one anchor point, you can build your style vision outward. Start with your sofa!
You’ll either have a well-loved sofa from your previous home to start with, or a brand-new one winging its way to you. Decide where it’s going in your living room, and use its placement – and aesthetic – to plan outwards. What goes next to it? Any frames or shelving above? Sometimes your room just needs a seed item to flourish into a distinct layout that suits you.
New Build? Lean Into It!
With an increase in the number of high-quality new-build homes in recent years, your search criteria for your new home may have been little more than ‘new build homes near me’. This can be a godsend for imparting your own sense of style; new builds tend to be blank canvases, where homes that have been around a little longer will have picked up a number of quirks along the way. It can be time-consuming to undo the decorative work of others, especially in terms of major renovation, but a new build does away with the stress. You can plan without compromise!
Outline Each Room
With the basics of your living room sorted, you can start making forays into other rooms. But before you make any executive decisions about where furniture is going, what furniture to buy or even what colour you want the walls, you should draw up some outlines for each room. Create a mood-board for each space, with colour palettes and inspiring décor examples found online; apps like Pinterest are great for this. With all of your ideas collected in a tangible place, you’ll find deciding on an aesthetic much easier!
Take It Easy
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly: take your time! The house is yours already, and while you might be keen to get a room or two finished straight away, there’s no rush to get the whole house done. Take decorations a room at a time, and don’t stress yourself getting things finished.