Moving into your first home is a liberating, landmark walkway. After you free yourself of the college mattress and your roommate’s efforts with fine arts, it’s time to come up with a plan to turn your empty house into an inviting home. Here are some suggestions to drag it away:
Clean the house in the old place.
Even before you make an offer in a new location, continue the game by starting this process. This important first step will not only make your current dig easier to pack up, but it will take you miles forward during the move-in. Be strong and eliminate anywhere from 25 percent to 50 percent of your old furniture: loose furniture in the attic, faulty appliances in the garage, questionable accessories you get made present. This is the perfect time to start over. Reduce your accumulated assets to the minimum amount. Sell a garage, auction on eBay or donate to charity. You will be amazed at what you will not miss.
Start with the bedroom.
It’s where you’ll be spending almost a third of your time when you’re at home, after all. If you’re on a tight budget, opt for new bedding first, but don’t skimp on thread count! Buy as well as you can afford to spend in this area — it makes a huge difference. If you have a little more money, paint the bedroom walls to complement your new bedding. Still more cash in your pocket? Add coordinating window treatments. Early risers should opt for a lighter palette of colors and more translucent treatments. Night owls who like to sleep in will probably likely be more satisfied with deeper tones and more substantial coverings that block out the light. If you’re really ready to splurge, buy that bed you’ve always dreamed about. And choose carefully. It should mirror your personality, fit your room comfortably and stay with you for years.
Do not buy everything at once.
Live in your new home for at least two months before you make any significant purchases. How you think you will use the house and how you actually live in the house are usually two different things. Perhaps $ 5,000 you will spend on renovating the bathroom is not as important as enhancing the kitchen and dining area for maximum entertainment. And you may realize that the living room will work much better in your master bedroom and the master bedroom will work better in the office.
Resist the urge to fit.
Retailers like to maintain the fallacy that everything has to fit. They would love you to buy everything in sets, but don’t do it! A few pieces with similar designs are good, but any more than that and your home has the general, lifeless look of a furniture showroom. Make sure your own personal style shows through, most likely not bland, beige and boring. The first priority should be the rate, proportion and balance of your furniture and accessories in each room. Don’t put five oversized lounge furniture pieces on a modest 8×5-foot table. It will look like a clown car. Conversely, simply ordering a low buffet and a round, sophisticated dining table for four people into a 20×30 room with a 12 feet high ceiling will also look awkward and unsatisfying.
Tie everything together by color.
If you’ve moved to your first place with furniture stretching from the 1960s to the present, don’t worry. The easiest, most economical way to fix this seemingly insurmountable problem is to unify through color. Suppose you have a sofa that has only one thing in common with furniture in the rest of the living room: a little color in the fabric is like the less dominant color in the rest of the room. Solution? Promote that similarity and turn it into the unified wall color of your living room. If it’s too much work for you, look for curtains, rugs or accessories in this popular color and see how the pieces begin to complement each other.
Solve practically inexpensive problems.
If your kitchen cabinets are dirty, for example, refresh them with paint and change hardware. And don’t bother installing excessive (and very expensive) decorative cabinet hardware on inexpensive manufactured furniture – it won’t fit and the money can be used better elsewhere. In the bathroom, something as simple as replacing light can instantly improve the look of the room. If you find a typical incandescent R type lamp in your new place, replace them with a “less yellow” PAR type bulb. Another inexpensive solution for large sums is to install dimmer switches to keep the light level low during the midnight break or to create a romantic mood for a bubble bath for two.