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5 Expert Tips For Decorating a New Home

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Home is where the heart is, and you definitely pour your heart out when you decorate your new home. Whether it’s your first time living on your own or maybe you are moving in with your significant other or perhaps your family moved to a new house, grab the opportunity to decorate a space that you will love coming home to.

Home decorating can be both exciting and overwhelming at first, so remember that it’s a process that you can enjoy as you go along.

To get you started, here are five expert tips for decorating your new home:

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Colorful painting on grey bedhead of bed with cushions in bedroom interior with cabinet. Real photo

Pick a theme and color palette

An overarching theme can serve as an excellent guide for your decorating decisions. Do you prefer a modern or vintage style? Minimalist or natural? There are many design themes to choose from. Once you select a design theme, you will be able to incorporate the right thematic decor in your rooms and at the same time, get a better idea of the color palette that you can use to give your rooms a unified look.

A good rule to observe when choosing colors is the 50/150 rule where you mix one batch of paint 50% lighter than the base and another batch 150% darker. This gives you a selection of colors that match naturally with each other.

Keep in mind also the colors you enjoy and the purpose of each room when you begin to assign colors. Relaxing colors such as blues and greys go well for bedrooms while warmer colors such as oranges and reds are more suitable for the living room and kitchen. When talking about colors, it’s not just about the color of your wall. Bursts of color can also come from your rugs, curtains, accent pillows, wall art and other things in your rooms.

Arrange your furniture according to your space

To ensure that your furniture fits your space efficiently, consider the purpose of your rooms in advance and plan your space accordingly. Your furniture arrangement should have a balance between functionality and design.

In terms of the kind of furniture you should have, it should go well with your design theme. You should also be practical and think about storage. If you can find pieces that have multiple functions like beds with built-in storage or tables with a cavity inside, you will be able to maintain a clean and seamless appearance in your home. Your future self will thank you for being prepared as well.

Since you can’t change your furniture all the time, make sure to choose quality pieces that you can live with for a long time.

Mix It Up

When it comes to your home’s interior design, the phrase, “Mix it up” can refer to many things. It can refer to mixing up high and low-priced furniture, or it can also mean mixing up textures and materials to create depth and contrast.

As long as it fits your needs, your furniture, accessories, gadgets and other design elements can all go together regardless if they’re expensive or not.

When shopping for cabinets, doors, lights, etc., you can choose different finishes of woods or metals. An example of mixing materials could be using wood against the metallic finish.


Comfortable living room with old-fashioned furniture
Cozy living room with brick wall and light furniture, dresser, bookshelf, floor lamp, coffee table, comfortable sofa and armchair placed in room

Light Up Your Home:

People sometimes overlook lighting and just rely on standard built-in lights but having the right lighting can make your home feel more inviting and comfortable. Add in different types of lamps or try to include some mood lighting to set a cozy ambiance in your home.

Flowers in chic pink bedroom
Blurred flowers in the foreground of bedroom interior with chic, white armchair and bed with pink bedsheets

Show off your personality

Your home is a reflection of who you are, so make sure to show off your personality through your interior design.

You can show off your personal style by adding focal features in your rooms such as an accent wall with a bold color or an eye-catching showpiece. Be bold and have fun while adding these elements of surprise to your home.

Another way to show your personality is by going the opposite of bold statement designs and going for simple design details instead. Include small but noticeable decor that shows a bit of your personality. Display your favorite artwork or install a stylish photo gallery. If you want to have something else besides framed photographs, you can also commission customized digital illustrations that you can put in pretty poster frames. These personal details are just the right finishing touches to decorate your dream home.

This post was authored by Holly Clark | Freelance Lifestyle Writer



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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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