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Home Decorating Decisions to Make AFTER You Buy Your New Home
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Buying a new house is a big decision and you might think it’s the hardest one you’ll have to make. But then you look around at all of your home decor that’s still in the old house and you realize, you still have a lot more decisions to make. Decorating your new home is a whole decision making process.
The moving process is stressful and time consuming. It can be a drain on your resources and you may be thinking it’s time to throw everything in boxes and figure it all out later. Before you do that, know that with some strategic planning you can make your move into the new house simpler.
Deciding what you should get rid of, what you should pack, and what you need to purchase can be overwhelming, but we’ll take a look at the process, step-by-step, and before you know it, you’ll have a decorated new home.
1. Ditch the Junk
“One man’s treasure, is another man’s trash” so the idiom goes. In this instance, your trash can become someone else’s treasure. Do you have home decor items lying around your current house that you don’t really need anymore?
Take a good, hard, look at the items you currently own. Are old papers, magazines, etc. lying around that have outserved their usefulness? Hit the shredder button and get rid of them.
Now is a great time to go through your families clothing and seperate items you don’t wear anymore or that no longer fit. Donate them to a local shelter or clothing bank.
Trinkets, collectibles, and movie or music collections can be sorted through and if no one uses them anymore, donate them or have a big moving sale.
If it’s clutter in your old house, it will likely be clutter in the new, so why not get rid of it now and be ready to move into a clutter free home?
2. Furniture Home Decorating Decisions
Inventory your furniture (while you’re at it, take an inventory of everything you own). If you’re downsizing into a smaller home, decide what can go into your new house and want you can donate or sell. If you’re moving into a bigger house, will the furniture you currently have work in the new space.
Don’t forget to check sizes of old furniture compared to your new room dimensions. If old furniture won’t fit into those new rooms, dicthing it now will save you headaches later.
Another furniture consideration to keep in mind is style. Will the old furniture style work in your new home? For example. Do you want traditional style furniture in your new modern themed house? Probably not. If your old furniture is outdated you might want to consider updating to something new.
3. Paint and Update BEFORE You Move In
Does your new home need updates like paint and or replacing flooring? Experts suggest checking off the update list before you move into your new home. Taking the time to paint the walls in your living space or lay new tile in the bathroom should be done before you move in. Once you’ve moved all of your things into your new home, it makes it harder to complete projects later.
Go to your new home and make a list of things that need updated and compare it to your budget. Once you’ve completed the list, start making the changes as soon as possible before your move in date. You’ll be grateful you did it right away after you’re moved in and you can relax and enjoy your new home.
4. Don’t Go Crazy Buying New Stuff
We’ve all been there. You move into a new space, so you want all of your stuff to be new too. New shower curtains, new bedding, new trash cans. It starts out with small items, but before you know it you’ve overspent.
Pulling out that inventory of things you already own, from step three, can really come in handy at this point. Keep your inventory list handy, but make another list of things you need for your new home. Break the new list down into three categories.
- Things you need right away
- Things you need soon
- Things that can wait
Now look at the list and compare it to your budget. Do you have big, important things you absolutely need to buy first? Can you afford to buy the important things right away or will you need to wait a little longer? Having a list to look at it helps you focus on what you need to buy quickly and what you can wait to buy after you’ve moved in.
5. Customize Your Accents
Adding accents for your new home is a fun and inexpensive way to customize your new home with your own brand of flavor! For some quick and easy ideas, check out this post from last week.
If adding new home accents is on your list, keep these tips in mind.
- Use items that reflect your personal style and tastes. Adding colorful glass drawer knobs to a dresser is great if your style is quirky and artsy, but may not work in a house with tradtional home decor.
- Don’t be afraid to customize items to show off your personality. Changing the original legs on your old dining room table can make it look fresh and new.
- Don’t forget to change hcnesmaller home decor items like, door knobs, kitchen cabinet handles, bathroom fixtures.
- Throw pillows are an easy way to change the look of a room without going overboard. Try pillows on the sofa, chairs, or even extra large pillows in a corner of the floor for reading or watching movies.
Just remember. The point of home decor accents is to highlight who you are so have fun and customize.
6. Mix It Up
If your personal style indicates matching furntiure, then by all means, match away, but don’t feel like everything HAS to match. Mixing up textures is a great way to make your new home feel unique and special.
Try putting different types/colors of wood furniture in the same room. Or combine a leather sofa with silk chair and ottoman in the living area. The important thing to consider is mixing textures and colors can add drama to an othewise drab room.
7. Lighting Changes Everything
Does your new home have plenty of lighting ambiance? What kind of statement do you want to make with your lighting scheme? Do you want the lighting in your new home to reflect relaxation and coziness or do you want it to be more dramatic? Do you prefer overhead lighting or task based lighting (easy to reach from the sofa or enough light to read with)?
Knowing ahead of time what your preferences are in lighting will help you make decisions for each room while you are decorating your new home.
8. Scent Sense
Have you thought about how you want your new house to smell? Do you want a scented aroma in every room of your new home or just one or two? Do you have favorite scents (at Estate Blvd we’re partial to lilac, lavendar, and soft vanilla scents) that you want to portray in your home?
Scenting your home with your favorite perfumes is such an easy way to decorate your home, sometimes people overlook it. Look for strong scented candles (Bath and Body Works or Yankee Candle both have strong scented candles), essential oils in an air filter, fresh flowers in strategically placed vases, or even some incense. Don’t forget to scent your kitchen (the room that always seems to have lingering unsavory smells if you’re not careful).
9. Art is Smart
Don’t forget to move some art into your new home. Family photos, flea market finds, even your own photograpy, all counts as art when you use it to bring life into your new home.
Add small pieces of art to end tables, coffee tables, and bookcases. Be bold and hang a big piece of art on a bland wall. Group several pieces of art in your dining room. Show off some sunny or fun art in the space above your cabinets in the kitchen.
Be dramatic, subtle, delicate, or trendy as long as you add beautiful and wonderful art to your new home.
10. Sunshine as Home Decor
Nothing says your home is open and welcoming like letting as much natural light in as possible. If your fortunate to have lots of windows, let the sunshine in. Used properly and with the right window exposure, sunlight in itself can be used as a home decorating technique.
Move In Day
Now that you’ve made it through planning and buying (or reusing) all of the items you need to decorate your new home, it’s time to move in and enjoy your new palace. Have fun.
Do you have pre-move in decorating tips for people that you’d like to share? Have any move in decorating blunders you’d like to help other movers avoid? Let us know in the comments section.
Until next time,