When you have moved into a new home, it can be very intimidating to start to decorate it because there are so many different trends and décor styles out there and you may not be sure which one speaks to you. Here is how to start decorating a house when you feel overwhelmed and out of your depth.
Note It Down Or Pin It Up
Maintaining a notebook may seem strange for this purpose but it can allow you to jot down inspiration whenever you see it. You can also maintain a note document on your phone or laptop and add pictures for inspiration wherever you come across them whether on social media or magazines. Making a mood board and adding décor ideas that seem to excite you or make you feel ‘at home’ is a great idea too as this visual representation helps a lot when you shop for furniture or choose colors.
Get The Bare Bones Down
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the task of decorating your house, bring everything down to basics. Get structural pieces that are essential to the running of the house first such as basic furniture, cabinets, appliances, and so forth. The more subtle nuances such as wall art, vases, or upholstery you can choose later when you have a better idea of what you want. Distract focus on how things will end up looking but rather go neutral for the bare bones of any room and then work upwards from there.
What Is Already There
Your next step should be looking at what is already present in the house or apartment when you have moved in. This includes light fixtures, curtain rods, some cabinets, wall paint, and so forth. Start your decorating process by replacing these already-present items if you feel they do not appeal to you. Sometimes just giving a fresh coat of paint or using a wallpaper you’re passionate about can completely change the vibe of a room. Once your walls are looking great you are free to add personal touches such as pet portraits that bring your heart joy.
Get Into The Mindset
One of the main reasons why people get overwhelmed is because they feel if they get it wrong, they’ll be stuck with it. You can change up the décor or update it any time you like so it is not forever. If your taste changes a year from now you can easily redecorate and items you’ve purchased for quite a lot of money can be sold at a good price on websites that sell preloved items. Feel free to experiment and don’t be afraid of failure.
Break Up The Tasks
Depending on how many rooms you have in your home, take it one room at a time starting with the smallest one! Choose a single room, get its functional items sorted, and then add customized touches like a custom home painting to really make the space your own. Remember psychologically if you succeed with one room you’ll have summit fever and then it won’t be long before you are breezing through all the work you need to have done around the house.
Ask Like-Minded Kindred Souls
Everyone has one or more friends that have a great sense of personal style that makes you awestruck. Don’t be afraid to enlist help from friends, family, or colleagues who you feel simply fare better in this part of life. They can also point you towards suppliers or vendors for various items that strike your fancy. It’s true what they say, a few minds are better than one! This is especially true if you are on the fence about purchases that cost quite a lot and need a substantial remodel around them such as having a walk-in bathtub.
Have A Budget
Having a designated budget can help you with décor choices especially if you have divided it into categories such as furniture. The extent of the budget can help you find better bargains as well and force you to choose which décor element you are willing to spend more on and what you are willing to forego. Opportunity cost is a part of life and it can be very helpful in decorating your home with pieces and styles you absolutely adore.
Make A Dream Color Palette
If all else fails, make a color palette of colors that make your heart skip a beat. Choosing pieces that fit inside that color palette can be immensely helpful when you are shopping for furniture, curtains, or decorative objects like lamps or rugs.