If you and your partner have just bought your first home together, first of all – congratulations! Becoming a homeowner is an exciting step, and you probably can’t wait to get stuck in making the place your own. First of all, you’ll have to decide what your plans are for each room and how you want to style them. If you’re not sure where to start or you’re stuck for inspiration, this article will share some top tips for styling your new home.
Each home is unique, and depending on the size of your place, you might have several different combinations of rooms. However, most homes will have at least four main rooms in common – a living room, kitchen, main bedroom, and bathroom. You might also have other spaces to consider, such as a dining room, spare bedroom, ensuite, or garage.
You should consider if you’re going to make any major changes to the layout of your new home before you start thinking about furniture and decoration. For example, if you enjoy cooking for family and friends, and regularly host dinner parties, a large kitchen-diner might suit your lifestyle better than a galley kitchen with a separate dining room.
Before you pick up a paintbrush or hang a picture, think about the overall vibe you want your home to have. Do you want to stick to one theme throughout – for example, neutral, minimalist chic? Or perhaps you’ve bought a cottage by the sea and want your new home to reflect its surroundings? Spend some time checking out interior design ideas for inspiration.
If you’re not sure what sort of styles will suit your home best, you could pop round to visit the neighbors. Not only will this give you the chance to meet them and say hello but you can also take a look at any modifications they’ve made and get ideas for how to style your new place.
If you’re lucky enough to have extra rooms that aren’t needed for everyday use, then think about what you could use these for to make the most of your space. Do you work from home and need a dedicated office space or study? Or perhaps you’re a fitness buff and a home gym would suit you better? A spare room for guests is a great idea if you want space for friends and family to stay overnight.
Many homes come with a loft space, which can be used for much-needed storage or can even be turned into an additional bedroom or home office away from the main rooms of your home. Sometimes working with the layout of loft spaces can be tricky and standard furniture may not fit due to awkward angles so it’s a good idea to consider fitted wardrobes and storage for your loft.
Garden or Outdoor Area
A garden or outdoor space is a huge bonus and makes a wonderful addition to any new home. Whether it’s a small front yard, big back garden plot, or just a balcony, you’ll want to ensure you make the most of your new outdoor area.
Depending on the size of your space, you might want to consider creating an area for sitting and dining, such as a deck, porch, or patio with outdoor furniture. You can go for a classic table and chairs or consider alternatives to traditional outdoor seating, like a swing chair or hammock.
However large (or small) your outdoor space, you’ll want to it to work as an extension of your home, so that you can use and appreciate it all year round. Having outdoor lighting and a covered area means you’ll still be able to spend time in your garden no matter what the weather.