How to Decorate Your New Home Like a Pro

How to Decorate Your New Home Like a Pro

Moving into your new home is an exciting experience. After you finish unpacking all of those boxes, however, you may realize that you need to make the space your own. You can transform your new space and make it feel like a luxury home by using inspiration from design magazines, Pinterest, or Instagram.

While this may seem exciting to some, it can be daunting for others. This is especially true if you are a first-time home owner. The key is to take your time and don’t feel like you have to do the whole house at once. Just like when you were buying your new home, take it one step at a time. If you go in with the right mindset, decorating your new home can be an amazing and memorable experience.

Here are some tips that you can follow, even if your design style is unique. Here are 10 ways to decorate your home like a professional.

1. Paint your front door a unique color

The front door of your home is the first thing that guests notice. A colorful, bold door will make a statement even before your guests cross the threshold. This is an affordable, easy upgrade that will set the tone for the design aesthetic of your home. When choosing a color, follow your instincts and make sure it complements the exterior paint and trim of your home.

2. Every room should have a focal point

Decide on the focal point in each room. (And no, it does not have to be TV!) Maybe it's an impressive fireplace, a feature-wall, or a stunning view from a floor to ceiling window. Arrange your furniture and accessories in a way that highlights the focal point. Also, consider layouts that promote conversation. A nice accent wall is a great start.

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3. Layer your lighting

You should use three types of lighting to create drama and function in any room. These are ambient lighting (like the light from recessed lighting or ceiling fixtures), task lighting (like pendants over a kitchen table or a lamp on a desk in a library), and accent lighting like wall sconces which highlight a specific area or object. Multiple types of lighting give a room a polished appearance.

4. Add houseplants

Houseplants instantly bring a sense of warmth to any room. Even if you're not a natural green thumb, many houseplants will tolerate your lack of knowledge. Do not be afraid to place multiple plants together. Put small succulents in a bookcase near floor pots with large, lush foliage. Bonus: They clean the air.

5. Mirrors can be used strategically

Mirrors are a great way to decorate small rooms or dark spaces. Mirrors can give the illusion of space in small areas. In shadowy areas they will reflect the light beautifully. Expert tip: Do not hang mirrors across the room, but perpendicularly to windows. You can prevent all the beautiful light from going out of the window by hanging mirrors perpendicular to windows.

6. Mix and match furniture

You may find it convenient to purchase a matching sofa, loveseat, armchair and ottoman. But resist the urge! The visual depth and interest that a room gains from mixing and matching pieces of furniture is enhanced by this. It also prevents the room from looking like an empty furniture showroom. It can be as easy as decorating your dining area with a beautiful dark wood table and accented with wood or upholstered chairs in contrast. You can pair a neutral-colored sofa with a leather chair and some side chairs in a fun fabric in the living room.

7. Combine different textures

Similar to your furniture, you don't want all your accent pieces and textiles to match. For example you could have a reclaimed wooden mantle above your tile fireplace. You can use a neutral jute rug with a colorful wool rug on top, or accent a leather sofa with a plush blanket. The trend to mix in metal objects is also popular.

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8. Your artwork can be enlarged

The most common mistake people make when choosing art is to choose artwork that is too small for the wall on which it will be hung. Hanging artwork too high is another common mistake. It should always be eye-level. Choose a large, framed artwork that will make a statement on a big wall. Group frames together to create a gallery. The standard rule is that art should take up between two thirds and three quarters of the wall space.

9. Get rid of the things you don't like

Everybody has furniture they don't love, whether it is a chandelier purchased on impulse or inherited furniture that doesn't suit their style. You can say goodbye to those items when you buy your new home. Every piece of furniture and decor in your house should be something you truly enjoy. You can sell or donate things that you don't love because someone else might!

10. Editing eye

Decorating is often about less. Buying too many pieces is a common mistake. Additions can be a distraction instead of an enhancement. Remove items from rooms that are either in the wrong location or simply crowding or overwhelming the space.

Hire a professional to handle it

One of the advantages of buying over renting is that you can do anything you want because it’s your home. However, channeling your inner designer isn't for everyone. Consider hiring an interior designer if you want your home to look bespoke but feel overwhelmed by the idea of decorating it yourself. Sure, this will be an extra cost to buying your new home, but the results will speak for themselves. You will likely be in this home for years to come. So spending an extra few bucks to make sure you love it is probably a good investment.

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