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Useful Interior Design Tips for New Homeowners

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If you’re used to living in apartments, or even if you just recently moved out of your parent’s house, the amount of freedom you have once you get a house of your own can sometimes seem overwhelming. You don’t have a security deposit to think about and the sky’s the limit when it comes to design. How do you make the most of this? We’ve got a few useful interior design tips for new homeowners that will help you make your new house feel more like home.

Spread Out Your Purchases

Before we even talk about actual design, one thing that may help you a lot is to allow for some time to pass in between large purchases. Not only does this tend to be easier on your bank account, but it also allows you to live in your home for longer and start to really understand what you need. Obviously couches and kitchen tables are a must, but for paint schemes or supplemental pieces of furniture, it’s a good idea to give yourself time to learn what you really need before you spend a ton of money.

Stick To One Design Style

No matter where you get your furniture from, every piece you look at will most likely fit a category of one or more design schemes. These schemes are there for a reason, as rooms tend to look better when they follow a scheme. Mixing and matching furniture between different design schemes can leave your home looking a little odd. You may like some pieces of modern and contemporary furniture, but mixing those design schemes in the same room can lead to some less-than-beautiful results. Not everything needs to match perfectly, but there should be an underlying element that ties everything together.

Lighting Is an Essential Element

One of the more useful interior design tips for new homeowners is to consider how light affects each room. Natural lighting is certainly preferred in most cases, but not every house has fantastic natural lighting. A lack of proper lighting can leave a home feeling dark and dreary, so don’t be afraid to lighten things up. Strategically place light sources in places that receive the least amount of natural light during the day to compensate.

Always Measure Before Buying

Another tip to keep in mind when you’re out shopping is to always know the measurements of your room and to measure furniture before you buy it. The last thing you want is to buy a huge table or couch and then realize you can’t get it through your front door. Even if it does fit, you may not want all your floor space taken up by a large piece of furniture. Furniture that is too small also poses a problem in that it can look silly in a larger room with a lot of open space.

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