Moving into a brand new home can be very exciting, and if you haven’t had as much space to decorate before, you may be even more eager to. However, don’t get over eager! People frequently make these mistakes when they are first-time homebuyers, or up-size their house:
- Don’t buy every single thing that will ever adorn your house at one time. Be sure to take the time to plan out the things you already have, and then what you need. Think about the most prominent rooms first, like the ones that more people will see, and spend the most time in. Remember that decorating your house isn’t a race to finish.
- Don’t overcrowd your walls and rooms when you decorate, no matter how many great pieces you have. It’s better to have more empty space than crowded space. Be sure and keep your walkways clear and unhindered.
- Don’t skip the measurements. When you decorate, don’t think that “eye-balling” will allow you the best fit for furniture and decor. Everything should be proportionate to everything else, and to the size of the room. Don’t forget to measure your doorways before buying new furniture, either!
- Don’t make your house look like you took it right off of a page in a magazine. This happened in a Friends episode and it only caused problems for them! No matter how badly you want to copy and paste that magazine picture onto your home, keep in mind that your house is unique; make it your own! Blend some brand new catalogue-y pieces with some one-of-a-kind antiques.
- Don’t try to decorate around one piece, no matter how amazing that piece may be. Doing so may make you pressure yourself into creating an aesthetic that doesn’t work for your new place.
- Don’t feel like you have to bring your old house’s rooms into your new house. You don’t have to have the exact decorations in the exact spots. Buying a new house is a chance to try something different.