When you buy a new-to-you home, decorating is the best part. Less stressful than the buying process and easier than moving, setting up your new space is a chance to make yourself comfortable and create a beautiful home that you’ll love for years. While we’re all for putting your stamp on a place, there are a few rules you should try to keep in mind. These lessons might be difficult to remember when you’re in the throes of pillows, artwork, and tabletop accessories, blinded by excitement and lost in the aisles of IKEA. Luckily, we’ve collected the best tips in this post, so you can refer back to them as needed. Avoid making the following mistakes, and your house will feel like home in no time at all.
Buying too many accessories.
A few well chosen accessories can really bring a room together, but it’s easy to go overboard, thanks to the abundance of adorable tchotchkes, cozy blankets, and cute picture frames available at every home goods store. If you can’t see the bed for the throw pillows, you may have gone too far. Instead of drowning you home in accessories, keep it simple and decorate with just a few meaningful pieces. You can always add more later, but once you bring something into your home, it’s hard to get rid of it. Remember: less is more!
Telling yourself the paint color will grow on you.
Nothing can transform a room like a fresh coat of paint—for better, and for worse. Whether you don’t feel like painting the walls or you spend hours applying a color that isn’t what you expected, you should just go ahead and paint it again. This might seem like an insurmountable task, especially when you just spent days moving furniture around, taping up corners, and painstakingly covering every inch of your walls in Pewter Gray. But if you don’t love it now, it’s not going to grow on you. It’s just going to get worse.
Keeping your beautiful home in the dark.
Lighting is key to a beautiful, comfortable home! Take full advantage of natural light and don’t place furniture in front of your windows. Relying on one source of light—such as a bulb in the middle of your ceiling—is also a design no-no. Opt for multiple sources of light and add dimmers so you can set the mood as needed. Shine a light, literally, on the parts of your home you like best. It will make your life much more pleasant!
Striving for a “perfect match.”
It’s one thing to coordinate your rooms. It’s another to buy a matching set of everything. This will make your space look uniform and boring, not to mention devoid of personality. Don’t be afraid to mix and match pieces from different places and infuse the space with your taste. By opting for fun combinations and unexpected choices, your home will be memorable, comfortable, and most of all, 100% you.