So You Just Bought a House and It’s Time to Decorate: 5 Tips for Interior Design Beginners

So You Just Bought a House and It’s Time to Decorate: 5 Tips for Interior Design Beginners


Buying a new home is an exciting lifetime achievement. However, nobody tells you that after you’ve closed on your house, there are still a lot of things left to do. One of the most daunting chores in a new home is the interior decorating. While some people have a knack for interior design, many of us are left struggling, trying so hard to emulate that farmhouse-chic master bedroom we saw on Pinterest.


If you’re struggling trying to decorate your new home, or are simply trying to update the look of your living room, we have the top five interior design tips for beginners. These tips are designed with your budget in mind, and are simple things you can do to give your house a face-lift.


#1 Don’t Push All of Your Furniture Against the Walls

A common interior design mishap many people face is pushing all the furniture against the walls. While this may seem like it makes the room more spacious, your furniture needs room to breathe, in order to make the space more interesting. Some pieces like dressers and bookshelves can stay by the wall, but couches, chairs and dining tables need more room.


#2 Don’t Mix Too Many Colors

Using different paint colors in every room will make your home feel choppy and closed off. Go for a more open feel by using neutral, coordinating and similar paint colors to help your home appear bigger and more cohesive. We recommend choosing three colors or less.


#3 Make the Most of Your Lighting

Lighting should always be built into your budget, and shouldn’t be treated as an afterthought. Quality lighting can make or break the look and feel of a space. Don’t be too scared to show off who you are with a statement chandelier or trendy side lamps.


#4 Use Different Textures

Texture adds visual interest and depth. You’ll appeal to your guests visual and tactile senses when you use smooth, rough, shiny and dull textures. Don’t go too hard with the textures, but a simple addition of a rug, piece of art, or throw pillows can go a long way.


#5 Make Use of Small Spaces, Including Hallways

Small spaces, like your hallways, are a great way to show off your style and personality. You can use unique paint or wallpaper to add visual interest. Or you can use a statement piece like art or a mirror to add light and dimension to the space. In your entryway, you can add a table to place mail, keys and other items when you walk in.


Interior design isn’t an exact science, but with the right tricks in your arsenal you can bring any space to life, without breaking the bank. The most important thing to remember when decorating your home is to be yourself, and let your decor reflect who you are.


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