Being a new homeowner is an exciting and joyful step to take. While there are lots of elements to consider when decorating a new home or reinventing an existing space, here are a few fundamental components that can turn your home into a a sanctuary.
Less is more when it comes to decorating a home. Clutter can often times make a room appear smaller than it really is. Whether you have books and magazines laying on the coffee table or miscellaneous trinkets displayed on your shelves, it can make your space look untidy and stuffy. Get rid of any junk that is meaningless and no longer needed. De-cluttering can be a huge weight lifted off your shoulders! For example if you have high school paraphernalia (photos, awards, trophies) building up on a shelf, put them into storage or find a way to display them where it isn’t taking over your room.
Whether you have a large home or a small home, it is important to know how to maximize your space. Find appropriate sized furniture for each room, and understanding placement is key. Always make sure you create an open feel and establish easy-accessible walkways. Especially for smaller spaces, having lots of storage can make your home feel more spacious and open.
When decorating your home, always consider functionality. You may want to invest in a gorgeous antique bookcase but if it is too fragile to use or too bulky in your home office then you might want to reconsider the purchase. Try to choose furniture and décor that serves a purpose such as decorative candles that add scent to your room or an ottoman coffee table that has storage underneath. You’ll find having functional items in the house will make your life easier and also, clutter-free!
Lighting is a key component to creating a beautiful space. You can use natural light by making the windows a focal point in your room, or you can set the mood by furnishing your space with candles, light fixtures or lamps. A well-lit room will make your room brighter and create a more welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
Going “green” is not just a passing fad, it’s a lifestyle choice that is very important to the sustainability of our planet. When decorating your new home think about buying refurnished furniture, or items made with reclaimed wood. If you have an old couch that is wearing and tearing, consider getting it reupholstered instead of tossing it out. There are lots of household items out there made with recycled material, and you can also go “green” by using energy saving light bulbs and appliances.
Plants add a nice touch to your home by bringing a little bit of the outdoors to your indoor living space. Plants smell great, can reduce stress, and purify the air in your home. Not only do plants have healthy benefits, they can also reduce noise in your home as well. Bringing plants into your home absorbs noise that can echo from one space to another. Not to mention, plants are beautiful!
Having a color story for your home can bring everything together and make your space look cohesive and consistent. Usually a trio color pallet is a great way to go because it narrows the color scheme down to three. Having too many different colors in a room can look disorganized and can be an eyesore. But don’t get too caught up in sticking to exact colors because variation in a certain hue can create a cohesive look as well. Picking two neutral colors and one pop of bold color can create a great look!
Without texture, a room can look really flat and one dimensional. By adding that extra element of texture, you can create different surfaces that can make your room really diversified. There are many textures you can opt for when creating contrast in a room- wood, leather, velvet, exposed brick, and metal!
Bold prints can be a great element to add to a room and there are so many to choose from. But also be mindful to not select prints that might clash with each other or the room’s color story. A great way to balance prints is to contrast them with solids.