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First 5 Decisions to Make when Decorating Your Home

Published On December 26, 2015 | Home

Planning to decorate and furnish your new home can become quite complicated, especially if you’ve never done anything similar before. It’s easy to get lost in paint samples, furniture catalogues and inspiration boards online but as long as you start with the essential things and work your way forward you should be able to keep your design in tune and coordinate all of the new pieces that you choose to decorate your home.

The best method to achieve a coherent interior design for your new house is to plan ahead and browse around before you actually go out and buy decorative objects and furniture. Coming up with a cohesive look and style is key to planning a successful home design and making sure that all the pieces you buy in the end will look great together. It makes sense to starts with the basic features that every room has as these are often the elements that will become the first influencing factors on how your style will be defined for that particular space.

1.     Flooring

One of the first things to consider when furbishing and decorating a room is the flooring that you are working with. Whether you decide to leave in the flooring that your home has at the moment or replace it with a material of your choosing you should keep in mind both the color and the type of flooring that a room has as it influences the aspect of the space immensely.

Consider how light or how dark your floors are and the patterns that they have. Try to predict how they will influence the final aspect of the room when combined with the colors that you will choose for the walls. The aspect of the flooring is also important in determining how your furniture will look in the rooms it’s vital to be happy with your floors before starting to choose what you’re going to put on top of them.

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2.     Wall colors

Perhaps the most influential factor on the appearance of your home will be the colors that you choose to use for your walls. Make sure that you take into account the natural lighting in each room and that you decide on colors that will pair well with your flooring, lighting as well as the shape and size of the room.

For instance darker colors might generate the impression that the room is smaller and it can easily feel crammed if you add too much furniture later on. Consider the warmth of the shades you choose and how the room will feel once you are done painting it since you don’t want it to be too dark or too bright.

3.     Internal doors

Many people forget to think about the doors that they will put in when refurbishing a home but they have a huge impact on the overall design of the house. Think about the style that you are trying to achieve when choosing the internal doors and make sure that they complete the designs that you are aiming for.

Use lighter shades with incorporated window panes if you want some light to get through or a full wooden model to guarantee privacy for spaces such as your bedroom. Funnier or wackier designs can work great for a child’s room while a darker material can work great for a home office or a game room.

4.     Light fixtures

Take your time to decide where you want your light fixtures to go and how many of them you will need. There are many options when it comes to lighting and they can completely change the aspect of a room by accentuating certain areas and creating angles, dark spots and focus points within the space.

Think about how much light you will need and where exactly you will want it to be focused then decide whether you need a larger, central light source or several smaller fixtures spread out around the room.

5.     Tiles

Don’t ignore the tiles that you need for spaces such as your bathroom and your kitchen. Start by browsing through tile samples and find out what colors, patterns and sizes work for your design since the tiles that you are going to set in a particular space will be one of the first elements to be noticed when you walk in. Try to decide on these basic items first so that you know exactly what you are working with later on when you start shopping around for furniture, decorations, rugs or curtains.

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