Saturday, November 17

The Smart Way to Decorate When Moving into a New Home

Moving to a different home can be exciting. You get to work with an empty structure that is like a blank canvas requiring your touch to become beautiful and functional. It presents the opportunity for you to create a space that you love and where you can live happily.

But not a lot of people think too much about this possibility when they change homes. Their focus is on how to make the house livable right away. Making their dwelling stylish is something that they can just do when they feel like it.

If you are not like those people and you want your home to be the expression of your values and style right from the beginning stage of move-in, you might find it a bit difficult to organize your decorating ideas. The clutter of all the items to unpack can confuse your “vision” for the new home.

So, to make the task of “prettifying” your new home easier, here are smart ideas to consider:

1. “Straight to the house and straight to a storage facility”

Consider creating two categories for your possessions that will be moved in – the collection that will go straight to the house, and the other that will go to a storage facility first.

The items that will go into storage are the styling essentials, seasonal items, and your belongings that you simply do not have a clear idea what to do with just yet.

Creating these two categories will allow you to set up the true essentials first into your home, which will provide you with a better idea on what you should add or do to give your home a character that reflects you.

Also, if you are just slowly bringing in décor from the storage, you can refine your designing and decorating process. You can avoid adding too much stuff that may only lead you to stray from your original style vision.

2. Establish a style theme for your home

The theme is the perfect starting point for decorating a house. It will provide direction to all the other tasks that you need to do, such as selecting décor, picking the right colors and sizes, determining where to place the items, and others.

3. Use paper cut to the size of your framed artwork and pictures to map out how you will decorate your walls

Before hammering a nail into your wall, create a layout using paper for all the framed artwork and pictures you want as a wall display. Avoid the trial and error process, which often leads to costly repairs or duplicate efforts.

4. Always remember symmetry

This is the foundation of good design.

You want to make sure that whatever you will be bringing into your new home will create a sense of balance and harmony in the space. Additionally, this balance should support the main purpose of each room. You want beauty and utility to seamlessly come together.

5. Do not be hasty in buying new furniture and décor

See if there are ways your old items can be customized to fit the style you have in mind. Basically, “shop your stash” first.

Most of the time, a fresh coat of paint is enough to do the job of freshening up the look of your home interiors. As for cabinets and drawers, you can give them a new look by changing the hardware (which you can buy from home goods and hobby stores) and by using contact paper.

When it comes to décor for the house, it is so much cheaper to consider a DIY effort first (especially now that tutorials or demos are abundant online). Plus, it provides you with the advantage of treating the décor according to your aesthetic preferences as it’s not always that easy to find décor that fits what you have in mind and can afford.

6. Find “new” décor for your home by getting to know your new community

If you are looking for budget décor that you can bring into the house you have just moved into, set aside days for driving around to see yard sales, flea markets, second-hand stores, and junkyards. Check out these places and, who knows, you may find great items at amazing bargain prices.

On top of that, you get to make new friends in the process.

So, it’s like hitting two birds with one stone – you get to score décor to work into the design of your home and you make social connections in your community.

The excitement of making your home the manifestation of your personal preferences can be rather overwhelming. If you do not manage it, your home may end up with a “confused” style – quite unintentionally eclectic.

Hopefully, the ideas shared here can help you organize your ideas and the process of decorating as well. This way, just shortly after moving into the new house, you can have the full confidence to call it your home because it looks and feels like so.

AUTHOR BIO: Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia and around the world.