Designing Your Home For The First Time

If you’ve been a renter most of your life, it’s not uncommon for you to have occupied many furnished environments, one after the other. Sure, the quality might not have been great, but at least you didn’t have to worry about the dimensions of the bed or the utility of your wardrobe. Unless you rented/are renting unfurnished, then this post is also for you.

Perhaps you now have the chance to own your first property, all of those design insights may be buzzing around your mind, giving you endless inspiration as to what to work on first.

Any home design will be limited by a few factors. The most obvious being that of your budget, space, and taste. It can be hard to know where to start when designing or decorating a home for the first time. What should I prioritize? How do I avoid several themes/items clashing and leading to a chaotic first impression? Don't worry. In this post, we’ll discuss a few tips to help you grow in your decorative potential as time goes on.

Start With Essential Furniture As An Outline

Essential furniture helps you define the dimensions and elements of the space you’re working on. For example, you know that in a bedroom, you will need a bed. But is this room more suitable for a Single or a Double? What about a King Size? King Plus/Queen? Where in the room will it be, which way will you place it? How will that define where the bed tables and power sockets for light fittings are placed? How much room will you have to get changed outside of your wardrobe? Questions like this help you more easily design your home for both practicality and function.

Define Those Comforting Fixtures

It’s good to consider your essential home comforts. Note that this isn’t solely the small details of a room like blankets and cushions, but also the fixtures installed. For example, heading to Radiator Village and choosing a thinner but no less powerful radiator system can allow you to ensure the home is heated correctly when you need it, and that the fitting is in alignment with the rest of your design goals and matches your aesthetic. Often, learning to decorate and design with these fixtures as a priority is essential, because all other implements can be replaced, and these rarely will be.

Choose a Cohesive Colour Palette

In order for a room not to clash with decorative elements, it’s wise to choose a cohesive colour palette. You can decide this based on various factors - your taste, the natural light exposure of the room, the furnishings and their colour, the kind of space you’re trying to design (rural or modern?) as well as what may blend smoothly into other rooms of the house. Perhaps you enjoy a nautical theme, in which case whites, greys, blues, and stone colours can allow for a beautiful and refreshing presence. With cohesive colour palettes, you gain creative parameters to work within, which can open up your possible options even further.

That's just a few pointers, but the list is endless. Focus on the most important parts first and you can think about the rest once you're living in the space and get a better feel for it.


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