Moving into your first home can be very exciting but at the same time nerve wrecking. Flying the nest and moving into a rented or owned property will give you a sense of independence never attained before.
Once you have decided on a property that has ample space and is within your price range the next step is to furnish the house. Unless you have heaps of furniture and belongings already you are going to have to deck out the new property with all the essentials.
Furnishing your home shouldn’t be seen as a chore, your new property provides you with a blank canvas that can be truly bespoke to you as an individual. Before rushing into impulse purchases it is imperative to get the basics right first, such as colour schemes and room layouts. Try to visualise the empty room with elements of your own furniture and potential new items. A successful interior design can even be achieved on a small budget, so don’t worry if available capital is restricted.
The first most important tip is to generate a list of items you already have and a list of the rooms in your property. Once you have these start placing items into each individual room on the list. This will then give you a good idea of what you actually require for the house to operate correctly.
Secondly it’s also a great idea to take it one room at a time, allowing more attention to detail and preventing the situation from becoming overwhelming. Start with the rooms you are typically going to be using the most. If you are quite a social individual and enjoy company it would make sense to start with the living room and the dining room.
The living room should be inviting and comfortable, so make the most of the space you have, often little is more. When it comes to spending your budget, instead of buying lots of small cheap items, great designs can be achieved through emphasis of larger items such as sofas, large high quality oak coffee tables and beautiful artwork. Functionality should also be given great consideration, don’t just pick furnishings because they are current and popular at the moment, to save money in the long run pick classic, quality and simplistic furnishings that will stand the test of time.
The dining room should be practical with a central emphasis on the dinner table. Again to reiterate what was stated earlier, always look to purchase a high quality dinner table and chairs set that will stand the test of time. Even if you are on a budget buying high quality items will save money in the long run, as they are less prone to wear and tear damage through usage.
Finally new isn’t always best, why not check out yard and car boot sales. You may be able to find great second hand furniture at half the price of retail outlets. Before making any purchase ensure the items fit your personality and theme of your new home. There is nothing worse than a property with a confused direction.