A home is not a home because of its room dimensions or the color of the walls. It is about how you feel when you walk through the front door. Home is where the heart is, they say. Where you make it may be all that more important to know how to decorate your first home. Here are 7 Tips For Decorating Your First Home:
Start with the Basics
A working knowledge of fundamental interior design concepts is important to understanding your taste and developing your sense of style. You may be tempted to think you will learn these in time, but this kind of thinking could be costly if you jump in headfirst without any foresight. Being able to identify harmonious colors and layouts that create a sense of flow will offset the inevitable costly mistakes you’ll make along the way.
The following concepts are just some of what you’ll need to know:
-Balance: Equal visual weight on each side of a design element such as a pair of objects or architectural features, such as windows and doors. A good rule is to place greater weight on objects or features that are closer to you.
-Harmony: The feeling of movement, color and form occurring within a space as well as between separate spaces in the home. Harmony is achieved when colors harmonize well together and there is an absence of contrast so colors work together.
-Flow: A sense of movement occurring between spaces, such as a corridor leading to another room. This is achieved by creating unbroken lines of sight through an open layout and well-placed mirrors.
Use Colors That Work Well Together
A color wheel can be used to aid interior designers when deciding which colors will work best in a space and how much contrast should there be. Complementary colors are opposite one another on the color wheel while analogous colors are next to each other.
A monochromatic look is created when variations of a single color are used together in an interior, while a triad is where three colors that are equidistant from one another on the color wheel are used together.
Make the Best of Your Space
You don’t have to move walls and you can stay within your budget by choosing furniture that suits your space. Make the most of a room’s dimensions by placing furniture so it does not overlap or leave empty spaces between it. Balancing room elements such as light fixtures, floor coverings and wall art is key to pulling a room together and making it feel complete.
Bring the Outside In
Adding elements from nature into your home’s design is an excellent way to bring life into any space. Incorporating foliage, such as indoor plants and flowers, is a great way to do this without breaking the bank. Just make sure they are not left unattended to as they can easily overrun a room.
Splurge Where it Counts
You don’t have to break the bank on everything you buy for your home decor. Add some wow factor into your design by splashing out on just one or two key pieces that are sure to turn heads, such as an extravagant chandelier or eye-catching artwork.
Your Space, Your Way
It’s okay to make mistakes along the way. Create your own look by choosing décor that reflects your personality and tastes without adhering to conventions or following what other people think you should do with your space. This is ultimately how you will breathe life into any home.
Keep a Personal Record
Try photographing your space to keep track of how it’s coming along and serve as a reminder when you need inspiration down the line. This is a great way to record changes you have made in order to replicate them or to simply compare over time.
In conclusion, with a little bit of planning, a well thought out design concept and the right decor, you can have your dream home with just an initial budget like a pro.