How to Start Decorating a New Home

Are you moving into a new house? This post is for those of you who are staring blankly at walls and rooms that seem empty. It’s easy to decorate your home from scratch. You’ll be able to create a plan of action in no time with these tips.

Volume 0%Loading AdYou’ve imagined the lines, colors, textures, and light. You have finally been allowed to decorate your home but still need to figure out what you want or where to begin.

It’s all becoming overwhelming

Help is at hand! You should enjoy this process. This shouldn’t be a source of stress or anxiety. You should continue this project for several years before you have finished decorating every room in your house.

Heck. After living in my home for five years, I am only now completing the project. Most of us are limited by time and budget. Don’t rush your decorating project; you will love the results!

Define Your Style

Decide what your overall vision is for your home. Be clear about your style of decorating and your preferences for design so you can understand and understand better by other techniques.

Coastal-style dining room

Take some time to determine your style. Confining yourself to a “style” such as farmhouse, boho, or whatever is unnecessary. Knowing what you like and dislike is essential, and not letting other people’s opinions or tastes affect how you decorate.

I love a light, airy coastal vibe with traditional/transitional elements. Pottery Barn meets Serena & Lily. You can keep yourself focused by naming your style or using a phrase.

Set your Color Scheme

After you have decided on your style (boho or farmhouse, transitional, or a mix of sorts), you can choose a color scheme.

Are you looking for something bright and light? Warmer tones, cool tones, or bright colors are your favorites? Choose one color for your walls (or similar colors) to ensure your color scheme flows throughout your house. This will also save you the hassle of working out a thousand paint swatches.

A color palette for the entire house can ensure your home is cohesive from day one.

For example, my home has walls in various shades of white or gray. You wouldn’t move from a green room to a blue room and revert to crimson. The flow of a home should be smooth from one room to the next.

If in doubt, keep it neutral

Keep your colors light and neutral to create a perfect backdrop for other items you’ll add, such as furniture, rugs, artwork, etc.

It’s also easier to change your decor and accessories when you use a neutral background that doesn’t compete.

Consider Fixed Elements

Fix elements include trim, millwork, and cabinets. The trim color, kitchen cabinets, and millwork will heavily influence your design decisions.

You want a bright, modern home. You may choose a white trim with a bright; You’ll need paint that works with the honey oak in your home, as well as the furniture you plan to bring into the room. If you have beautiful millwork in your home, highlight it with a contrasting color.

Spice up your home with accent colors

Decide on 1 to 3 accent colors you’ll use in your home. This is the way to go if you want to use neutral colors, such as white, cream, and gray, and add accents with wood tones or textures.

White nursery with gold, blue, and natural wood accents

You may also love bright colors (like I do)! Your accent colors could be grays, blues, or greens.

You should choose at most three colors and use them in each room of your house to create a cohesive look. You can use a different color to vary the saturation and intensity to make them feel more varied.

Define the Function of Each Space

Before committing to any design, determine how each area will be used. This may only be apparent after you have lived in your home for some time. Will your living room be used to watch TV and relax? Will it be used as a home office, a playroom, or to relax? Your bedroom will be a place where you sleep. You can watch TV there. Will you use it for your home office?

The first step is to identify the purpose of each room before you begin daydreaming about design.

Visualize your mood with Mood Boards

Create mood boards for every room in your house to organize all your ideas. Start by focusing on the most frequently used rooms (the living room and bedroom).

Do what you like if that’s your style. Most people prefer to work in one room at a time, figuring out what works and doesn’t. This creates an organic design.

You’ll want to begin with some inspiration. (I love Pinterest or Instagram for this!) You’ll also need to know the furniture pieces you will require.

Kitchen Mood Board

You can start with a single piece to inspire the rest of your space. It could be furniture, a carpet, or even an artwork you love. Design the rest of your room around that piece.

The rattan counter stools were my starting point for the mood board above. The rattan counter stools were the starting point for everything else.

Shop with Confidence

You’ll be happier if you take your time when shopping. It can often take me months to find just the right piece of furniture. You could buy something only to have it replaced a year later. We want to save money. Wait for your idea.