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Last edited 13 Oct 2020
How to Approach Decorating a New-Build Home
Decorating a new home is always an exciting opportunity. A new home is a perfect canvas for creating a space that is a true reflection of your personality, interests, and lifestyle. Beginning the process of decorating can be daunting especially when all you are looking at are empty walls.
Get to know your space
Before anything else, know your house’s measurements! Get to know your space with a measuring tape and a notepad. This will help you get a better idea of the shape and size of the rooms in your new home.
For example, if the layout of your current home differs from your previous one or you’ve downsized your home, you may need to purchase furniture that will suit your new home. Once you have the measurements of your new space, you can better plan out the overall and design of your new home.
Get the lighting right
Ambient lighting or general lighting illuminates an entire space. On the other hand, task lighting or focused lighting is used when doing certain activities. Lastly, accent lighting highlights specific features in a room.
The best tip when it comes to lighting your home is to try to combine all these types of lighting in your rooms. Since you have a new home, you have the freedom to choose if you want pendant lights or downlights for each space in your house. Thrown in some floor lamps and table lamps which are great task lighting options to complement a room’s built-in ambient lighting. This will make your space feel more relaxed and cosier. Keep in mind as well that adding softer light sources to your seating and dining areas in addition to the main overhead light will create a warm ambiance as well.
Decide how you want to live
Think about how you want to live in your new space and make sure not to clutter it with all sorts of things. Ask yourself these basic questions, “Who will be living in the new space? What atmosphere do you want to create? How will an ordinary day at the new home look like for myself and my family? Where would we spend most of our time? Do we plan to entertain guests regularly?”
The answers to these questions will determine your home’s furniture and design style. For instance, the home decoration of someone who regularly hosts large dinner parties will be different from the home of someone who eats out at restaurants every night.
Get inspiration from the pros and from other new homeowners
There are many ways to get design inspiration for your new home. While studying design books and interior design magazines are great sources of information, getting interior decorating ideas from real homeowners can give you a more realistic sense of what you can and can’t do when designing your own space.
Check out social media platforms and online communities to learn more about other homeowners’ design journeys. You can even use these platforms to ask questions and to share your own home decorating experience as well. All this practical information will be useful once you get deeper into the interior decorating process.
Add colour and texture with accessories
Don’t forget the details! Small design touches will give your room a well thought-out and finished look. Soft furnishings, artworks, plants, window dressings and vases are great ways to add colour and texture to a space.
Hardwood floors, area rugs, cane furniture and wicker baskets can also add texture and give your new home a more natural look. Mixing design pieces made from different materials can help soften a new-build home’s basic look.
Mix up your colours and textures when decorating and try to inject your personality when choosing pieces as well. These little touches also help in setting the tone of your space and in creating the overall look that you want to achieve.
Don’t trust your eyes
Thinking that your new sofa and coffee table will fit in your living room space is very different from knowing that it will. Matching the scale of furniture to the scale of a room is critical, so always make use of a tape measure to be sure.
One of the most common mistakes people make is that they buy furniture that is the wrong size such as sofas that don’t fit the room, tables that are too small, beds that don’t fit through doorways, and desks that are too big. Save yourself the stress and hassle on delivery day by knowing your room’s measurements when choosing your furniture, especially when buying online.
Moving into a new home may bring worries and stresses, but always keep in mind that you are creating a comfortable space that you and your family will fill with new memories. Remember to have fun and enjoy the process!
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