After the stress of moving into a new home, the last thing you want to do is make some serious mistakes when decorating your new living space. You will be faced with more expense if you do, and it might take you longer to achieve that homely feel you will be trying to create. So, with this in mind, know that there are some important things to remember before unleashing your interior designer.
#1: Paint your walls in a neutral colour
Especially when you're painting your walls before you move any new furniture in, you should paint your walls in a neutral colour so you then can then prevent any nasty clashes in contrast. You can then shop around for new sofas, rugs for sale, wall art, and the like, using a colour wheel to help you make sensible choices. While you might not need to repaint your walls again after doing so, you will now be in a better position to choose the right colour to match the rest of your furnishings.
#2: Remember that it's your home
If the rooms have already been carpeted or painted, you don't have to stick with what you have been given. If you don't like the orange leopard print carpeting in the living room, and if you don't like the bright green paint that the last owner coated the kitchen in, then change it. This is better than replacing your current furniture with something new in an effort to match a decor that doesn't suit your tastes. Secondly, don't feel as if you have to follow trends. While there is nothing wrong in doing so, you should only do it for the right reasons. After all, it's your home, so you can be allowed to do something on the quirky side if you want to, even if it's markedly different from the latest fads in interior design.
#3: Allocate a budget for each room
You have already spent a fortune buying a house, so you don't want to go too far into your overdraft when decorating your home. Work out what you can afford and then go from there. This way, you are less likely to buy furnishings and accessories that you don't actually need, and there is less danger of a room being half-completed because you have blown your budget decorating another room of your house. Work out your budget in advance, perhaps by using a room decoration calculator to help you stay within your price range.
#4: Measure up!
Don't buy a new sofa until you have measured up your doorways. Don't buy that king size bed you like the look of before measuring up your bedroom. And don't buy any fancy wall art until you know how much space you have to play with on your walls. Don't add any decor to your home until you know it is fit for size, because while the items you buy might have a decent returns policy, you will still have the inconvenience of having to shop around again for their replacements.