Moving into a new home is one of the most exciting things you can do in a lifetime – your dream is finally a reality and the space is a clean slate for you to go decorating crazy! But before you run out and spend big on accessories for your new home, take a look at this handy list of do’s and don’ts for buying home decor.
1. Do buy only what you love
Just because your home is a clean slate, doesn’t mean you need to fill it up with things straight away! Wait to include items that you actually love and can see yourself continuing to love for a decent period of time. Also make sure to do your research online and in a few different stores to make sure you find the best possible items for your home – there’s nothing worse than buying something in an impulsive burst, only to find a better or cheaper version online or in the shop next door! Be patient, and you’ll thank yourself in the long run.
2. Do measure before you shop
It’s important to know the size of each space you are trying to decorate, before you go out shopping. There’s nothing more frustrating than finding the seemingly perfect piece, only to discover it doesn’t quite fit in the shelf you had in mind. So grab that tape measure and record sizes of coffee tables, shelves and side tables so you are well prepared to purchase with confidence!
3. Don’t break the bank
While it can be worth spending a bit on some items, in general you don’t need to spend a lot on your home accessories. If an item has a timeless look, or is a quality piece of furniture that you plan on keeping for many years, then it can definitely be worth shelling out. But be wary of spending big on fashion items that will date quickly, or items that you will get sick of. Always check out the cheaper shops for your homewares – they often do impressive replicas of the real deal. And while the quality may not be there, if it’s an item you’ll only keep for a year or two then their durability isn’t so important. Save your money for those big ticket items that you absolutely love and plan on enjoying for many years to come!
4. Do shop your home, your shed or your grandma’s shed!
Before you buy all new items, search your own home for things to use around the house. A bit of reworking or a coat of paint can go a long way to make an existing item new and fresh! Plus, you’ll be proud of the story behind each of your unique items handmade by yours truly. And, don’t forget the treasure trove that is Grandma’s shed! Family members often store away hidden treasures that are not only vintage beauties, but also may have irreplaceable family history. There’s nothing quite like beautiful decor with an age old story.
5. Do incorporate personal memorabilia
Just like items from your family, your own memorabilia can add a lovely sense of charm and personal character to your home. If you buy all new items your home can feel a bit like an IKEA catalogue, and while it might look stylish, it lacks the unique quality that makes your home your own. So pull out those travel souvenirs or old dorky photos and tactically scatter them amongst your other accessories for a pop of individuality.
6. Don’t ask for gifts
In many social circles it’s customary to hold a housewarming party when you move into your new home, and gifts may be a part of this ritual. However, this is a risky undertaking, as not everyone has the same taste or the same vision as you do. Receiving gifts from friends and family can give you a sense of obligation to include them in your home, no matter how much you may not love them. So avoid the trap and get in first with a “no gifts” message to your mates. Or, if your friends really want to give you something, let them know practical things you need in your life such as appliances or cookware! Leave the decorating to you!
7. Do coordinate colours
Unless you are going for the eclectic look, it’s a good idea to stick with a colour palette in each room. To decide upon this palette, look at any existing pieces of furniture in the room, or distinctive artworks that you are including. From there you can be hunting for new items that fall into the same colour scheme. It’s also handy to take a photo of the existing pieces in the room so you can easily match shades when you are out and about.
8. Don’t rush it!
Let’s be honest, it’s not every day that you get to move into a brand new home, so why not make the feeling last? Don’t feel the need to rush the decorating process, and take your time finding the perfect accessories to make your home unique.