Getting started on decorating your home can be rough in the beginning, especially if this is your first time around. It can be a little difficult to know where to start and what to do and once you pin that down, the sheer work can be daunting. Hopefully, with this guide, you’ll be able to break it down to more manageable pieces.
There is a lot of planning and preparation that go into this project before the actual decorating takes place. I would recommend browsing. Look through home design magazines, go to Home Depot or Wal-Mart, search the web – anywhere where you can get ideas. There are things out there to meet every need and want. If you don’t consider yourself creative, there is plenty of material out there to borrow from. Be sure to scrapbook or jot down colors, furniture, etc. that you like.
Before things start getting serious, you’ll need to set up a budget. As much as we would all love to have an endless supply of funds, you have other needs that must be met and a limited income. You might want to allow a couple hundred dollars of leeway for mistakes or finds that you just couldn’t pass by.
Remember, you don’t need to decorate every room in your house at the same time. It is smarter to take one room at a time instead of overwhelming yourself. Prioritize which rooms you’ll do first – high traffic areas are usually the best choice as they’re the ones your guests will see first and the most of. The rooms at the bottom of the list can be decorated as time and money allow.
Pull out your trusty notebook and start sketching out the room, or just make notes to yourself. When it comes to style (country, oriental, modern, etc.) you’ll generally keep the same style throughout your entire house so remember that when working on each room. Draw on your growing pool of research to find just what elements would work best for this room.
Most agree that your floor and wall space will be your most important starting place when creating your color palette. You can take that advice or leave it – if you find an accent piece that inspires you, build around that instead. Either way, the actual space is going to be the last thing you’ll set up and if you find you’ve hit the top of your budget, Rent-A-Center is a wonderful alternative to buying your furniture and appliances.