Buying your first home is an extremely exciting time and, for many of us, one of the first things that we cannot wait to do is turn this space into our home and inject our own personality into it with our interior design choices. You have all this to look forward to after the stressful and exciting time of finalising details for your home. However, interior design can be a little overwhelming, especially when you have an entire home to furnish and decorate! That is why we are taking you through our top interior design tips for first time buyers that will hopefully make this process as stress-free as possible and actually an enjoyable experience!
Get a Full Survey and Take Measurements
Before moving into your new home, it is important that you get a full survey on the home and then if you decide to ahead with it you can take measurements of the property. This will determine in advance where you can place your furniture, where to position plugs and where downlights can be installed in your new home.
There’s No Rush
We understand that moving into a new home is extremely exciting and you are probably cannot wait to start decorating it and making it your own. However, this can be a bad idea and we would actually suggest that you wait weeks, maybe even months, before you start the process of interior design. This is not to try and put a downer on the purchase of your first home, but to be practical and to ensure that you do not waste your hard-earned money. When you live in a new place for a while, you start to get to know the rooms and you can get a better understanding of exactly the changes that you want to make and where you want to put them. We would also suggest that you first undergo any structural work to the home as this should be a priority before any interior design.
Keep Things Simple
Of course, with your first home purchase, you will want to add your own personality to it. However, we would recommend that you think about long-term interior styles rather than incorporating fleeting trends. If you want to add in trends, we would suggest keeping these to inexpensive accessories and then splashing out on the big ticket items such as couches. With long-term interior design, neutral colours are great to go for and items such as sofas, rugs, and curtains should follow this colour scheme. You can find lots of fantastic neutral curtains at curtains.com, as they allow you to filter their search based on specific colours, making it easier for you to find ones that match your colour scheme.
Paint the Walls White
Carrying on from the theme of neutral colours, we would also suggest that when you move into your first home, that you paint all of the walls white. Why? Well, this will give you a blank canvas to work with, will instantly freshen up every room and then once you know what colours you want in the room, it will be easy to paint over.