Five tips for decorating your first home

If you’ve taken the plunge and put down a deposit on your house, then you’re in for an exciting roller coaster ride of emotions and big decisions.

Decorating your first home is a great opportunity for you to run wild with your imagination, but if it all seems a bit daunting, it can be broken down into manageable chunks. Here are a few tips on how you can make your first home project a success.

Forecast your costs

Before you go throwing money you don’t have at every wallpaper and carpet brand you see, make a realistic cost analysis. Look at upfront costs and those which can be spread over a longer amount of time – ask furniture salesmen if you can look into price payment plans before you go making any large investments.

Plan one room at a time

It can be tempting to go all guns blazing on every room, but this could soon slow you down. Make it your mission to focus on one room at a time and make sure you plan everything in the appropriate order – for example, there is no point plastering your lounge if you then discover you need to run a load of cables through the wall.

Create a mood board

Lacking in inspiration? Don’t take it out on your walls! Create a mood board by gathering together magazine clippings and piecing them together on a sheet of card. You and your partner can discuss what you like best and experiment with what colours and themes work best together – you’ll be grateful for the money you’ll save trying them out on the rooms themselves.

Set realistic targets

Decorating your home can be very time consuming and you and your partner will have to work around each other to accommodate this. Don’t set yourself unrealistic targets, e.g. ‘this must be done by Christmas’ if you haven’t even got round to buying the paint yet. Take a few days off work if you have to, and don’t rush anything – it will be far more worth it if you take the time to perfect your masterpiece.

Have a few quick fixes up your sleeve

Sometimes, we get it wrong. It happens, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Thankfully, there are a few quick fixes that can change the whole feel of a room with minimal effort. A quick lick of paint on one wall can make a huge difference, while steam cleaned carpets, new curtains or a few new lights are all worthwhile quick fixes.