You’ve made the decision to finally move into your new home. Now comes the fun part; decorating your new space! While every homeowner’s goal is the same when it comes to home improvement, there are some things you can do to make your new room feel homey and welcoming even before you’ve put down a lot of cash. Decorating a home is an investment unlike any other purchase you’ll ever make, so why not spend a little extra time making sure your new living space exudes a sense of warmth and inviting? Here are a few simple ideas for making your home look more like “home.”
A cozy reading spot – No designated reading corner? No problem. Just as you don’t need to have a second bed to fill in a room, you don’t need to have a second bookcase to fill in a room with stacks of books. Design your formal sitting room to serve a dual purpose as a comfortable lounge space if your home has no leftover real estate for a designated reading corner. Adding a few comfortable chairs or a cluster of new art chairs can give your reading spot the personality it needs to become a favorite hangout for friends and family.
Add some accent furniture – One great way to instantly add personality to any room is to add small, decorative pieces of furniture. Your sofa, loveseat, and chairs can all be used to help define the shape of your room, as well as to add color and interest to it. If you have a large living room, consider adding a high backed sofa or a loveseat with a low, rounded back that curves around the room and connects to a coffee table or side table. In a smaller space, consider adding upholstered chairs, a chaise lounge or a settee to create a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. Comfortable yet neutral furniture will go a long way to defining the look and feel of the room.
Decorate with paintings – Great small touches of art can pull a room together if done correctly. Your choice of artwork should complement the colors in the room and the floor plan. For example, if you are planning on using a neutral, woody color for the walls in your reading room, you might want to consider a painting that is painted in the same hue or one that is on the wall. On the other hand, if you plan on using earth tones, choose an oil painting that has similar colors. This is a simple way to update your home’s interior without having to mess with old or damaged furnishings.
Pick out furniture according to the walls – Another way to update your home’s interiors is to pick out furniture and accessories that complement the colors in your walls and floors. In order to create a cohesive look within a room, pick furniture that will work with the style and textures of the room’s walls. For example, solid wood floors in a dark stone decorated room will work better than a leather sofa in a room with soft pink walls. On the same note, leather furniture in a red room will work better than a wicker or neutral colored sofa.
Think out of the box – If you find yourself stuck with ideas for decorating your new home, don’t be afraid to get creative. You may have your heart set on a particular style of carpet, couch, paint color, or even a certain type of lighting fixture, but if it doesn’t match the rest of the decor in the room, it will still look good. Go crazy with colors and textures! Remember, no two rooms are exactly the same. By playing and experimenting, you can come up with new ideas for decorating your home.