Interior Design Tips for First Time Buyers

room setting from Graham and Green featuring the Parquet coffee table

Since we have recently moved into our first home, I have put together some tips that we learnt to help you with the packing of the home you are leaving to interior design advice for your new one!

If you have bought your first home or are in the process of doing so, congratulations! This is when the fun really begins! You may be feeling excited about decorating your new place, however it’s important to not dive right in and make rash decisions. I once read that you should wait 2-3 months from moving in before deciding on the creative direction you want to take and understand what will work best in your new home.

Throw things away..

Moving house is the best opportunity you will get to do this!

It can be very tempting to pack up all of your belongings with little thought and bring them to your new home. This is what my boyfriend would have done. However, when you do this, you are only moving clutter from one place to another. We cleared out everything we no longer wanted or needed as we packed. You may realise how much stuff was taking up your drawers that you didn’t even know what there!

Don’t ignore your floors

A lot of new homeowners make the mistake of overlooking their floors. Your floors can easily become uneven or get marked so you need to care for them. If they aren’t in the best condition or you don’t like the style or material used, it’s better to get them changed before you move in properly. This store known as Carpet One Australia can provide you with some great inspiration and information regarding the different styles of floors.

Add texture

To give your home the cosy vibe you desire, layering with different textures is an effective way to do this; and doesn’t need to be as difficult as it sounds. It can be as simple as adding a fluffy rug, a soft throw and some plush scatter cushions to your living room. Shop my favourites below – I am currently obsessed with the rugs in Urban Outfitters. They are so affordable too!

Quality comes first

This does not mean that you need to spend a fortune on kitting out your new home. Nevertheless, you do need to make sure you pay attention to quality. Your home is probably your biggest investment. So don’t add things that are of a poor quality, as you are only lowering the value of your most precious investment.

Start with a calm colour palette

double bedroom

It can be very tempting to go wild with colours when you buy your first home. You may want to incorporate all of your favourite shades. However, at the end of this, you can end up with a big headache! The best thing to do is start with a calm palette so that you have the perfect base to build upon. After all, your home is meant to be relaxing! I love the neutral colour scheme in the bedroom setting above. Even without colour, you can make a statement with a gorgeous bed!

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