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How To Decorate Your First Home

Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 | Filed under: First Home Advice, Home Design, Interior Decorating, interior design
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Decorating your First HomeCongrats homeowner! After the long process of purchasing your first home and moving in, now is the time when you can get excited and decorate your new home any way you’d like. From updating inside and out, starting with the interior design, we’ve arranged the best decorating ideas to help you express your personality and reflect it in any design style you choose. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box!

Minor Cosmetic Updates for Major Design Enhancement

Instead of making large purchases on items that seem outdated, why not give these minor items a major upgrade with a simple update. Perhaps you have a cabinet with outdated tarnished brass handles? Simply replace the hardware with a sleek brushed nickel finish for an instant modern design transformation, or if you want to keep with the same design scheme, just change out the shape with the same color and finish for a less noticeable change. Apply the same decorating sense for all your updated furniture such as your kitchen cabinets, doorknobs, or fennels on your curtain rods.

Out with The Old, In with The New

If you have not had a garage sale before moving in, now is a perfect time to make room in your new home, and a great way to meet your new neighbors. It may seem trivial, but de-cluttering and reorganizing your home are very important steps in your decorating plan. By taking time to assess what you own, and decide what you can part with, you will make room for new pieces of furniture to better enhance your home and blend with your interior design style such as a new leather sofa, matching end tables, or window treatment. You can choose to sell, give away or donate items you no longer need. Tip: Know the dimensions of your new space before purchasing new items to ensure they will fit when delivered.

The Room to Decorate First

Most homeowners choose to update the living room or kitchen first, because these rooms receive the most traffic. In actuality, it is recommended to work from the bedroom, out. Believe it or not, you spend the majority of your time in the bedroom before and after work. As your sanctuary from life’s stresses, you should want for your bedroom to be complete, to end each day knowing you have one completely decorated room. By doing so, you will have a better night’s sleep.

Paint Works Wonders

Paint can be an instant facelift and is relatively inexpensive. Do you have a light fixture you can’t part with, but is in need of updating? We suggest using a long-lasting spray paint such as Rustoleum, as it will cover any chipping or blemishes and create a fresh new version of a piece you love. For drab kitchen or bathroom cabinets, applying a fresh coat of good quality paint using Benjamin Moore or Behr, will give them a new presence and brighten the whole room. Choose from a matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss or high gloss finish depending on the design aesthetic you wish to achieve for the room. You can also experiment and express your personality with an accent wall, and it’s easy to cover up if you want to change styles.

Curb Appeal

The exterior of your home is the first thing people see, and so it is important to invest in making it look it’s best to make a good first impression. Start by choosing a color for your front door that is pleasing to the eye, looking clean and presentable; whether it’s a bold or neutral it color, it should reflect off your exterior’s shutter, siding, stucco or stone and be the focal point that pulls the front of your home together. Also, consider installing exterior shades to further enhance curb appeal. Proper shading will help control unwanted sunlight window glare. In addition, they can be installed to your greenhouse, sunroom, outdoor patio or seating area.

Buying your first home is a big step and quite an accomplishment. By incorporating these helpful and easy tips, they are sure to enhance your personal style for whatever interior design theme you choose for your home. Contact us at Shading Systems to get started on decorating your first home today!

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