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When you first move into a new place, it’s not uncommon for it to feel a little – bland. Blank walls and bare floors galore, figuring out how to carve in your personality and make this new space your own may seem overwhelming but it’s not as bad as it may seem to be. If you’re not planning on moving any time soon, see if you used any of our tips during your moving process, or if you made a few rookie mistakes!
A Good Layout Plan
Before we get into the home decor tips, we have to note that having a solid layout for all of your furniture is absolutely vital in having a visually pleasing space that flows easily. If you saw the home or apartment when it was furnished before you moved in, make a mental note to change up the way you arrange your furniture whenever possible so you can start fresh – that is only of course if it looks visually pleasing. If you are working with a smaller space, arrange your furniture in ways that will make it look as open as possible, and if you have a larger space, ensure that your furniture isn’t all crammed into certain sections of your home and spread smoothly throughout. Take note of which way your furniture should face – having your sofa facing away from the entry way of the room will make the space feel blocked off and not as welcoming. Do research on what layouts fit best for your unique space and furniture – there are tons to choose from and every space is different! Make sure you really love the way you have decided to arrange all of your furniture, more than likely that is where it will all remain until the day you move out, if you ever do.
Pillows are an absolute must in any home or apartment, they are featured in nearly every room aside from the kitchen and bathroom. Take into account the color scheme that you want your home to have. A general rule is that the living room, dining room and kitchen should all have relatively the same color scheme, or colors that do not clash. This results in a home that flows more smoothly and is pleasant to walk through. Decide the colors that you want to work with (for example, navy blue, light blue, white and tan) and stick with it. We advise to have at least two colors or four maximum – too many colors can get overwhelming. Once you have decided your color scheme, decorative pillows featured in the living room do not have to adhere to every single color, they could simply reflect one or two. Great rules to follow when it comes to using decorative pillows are:
- Smaller pillows go closer inside while larger ones stay on the outskirts
- Have an odd number of pillows for the best appearance
- Use different sizes and shapes that will add dimension
Add some personality to bedrooms with pillows also following the same tips for a cozy room that will make you feel right at home in your new place.
Add your own flair with a few paintings throughout your home that will really reflect your own individual style. Not all homes have paintings, so if you have never tried it out before we suggest starting small with paintings that aren’t very expensive but you would like to have in your home. If after a while you find that style isn’t for you, no harm no foul, it’s not like you are desperately trying to resell a piece you shelled out $300 for. Your paintings don’t have to follow your picked out color scheme to an absolute T, as a matter of fact, there are some paintings that would be flattering in a space if it clashed against the established color scheme, making it stand out even more (if that is something you would want). Paintings with hints of your color scheme incorporated into the entire image are also great assets to any space.
You can get overwhelmed in the flurry of moving in and simply stuff family photos away for later in a drawer or a photo album that will collect dust under your coffee table. As with most things, moderation is key but having photos of family and friends will really add a personal touch to your home and make it feel more like yours. Have a focal area that features a handful of nicely framed photos if that is your style, or if you would prefer something a little less out there, you could simply scatter photos throughout your home that strategically look the most attractive. Along with photos also come frames, which are vital when using photos to decorate your home. The frame sets the tone for how you want your photograph to be perceived and how it is incorporated into your space. Do you want your photos to blend in seamlessly to your space? You may want to opt for a neutral frame like a matte black. If you want your family photos to stand out for all to see, a brighter frame may be your best bet.
It may take a while to get all moved in and settled into a home, but taking your time to ensure it looks is best is always worth it once you’re done.