6 Decorating Mistakes We All Make in Our First Homes

Moving into your first real home can be exciting. But as fun as decorating can be, it’s also easy to make a lot of common missteps. To make the process of decorating your first home go a little smoother, here are few mistakes new home owners always seem to make. From moving too quickly to picking the wrong paint color, these are the decorating blunders we all make in our first homes.

1. Not Considering the Entire Home

A common error for first time buyers is that people do not envision the whole home. They don’t consider how one room will relate to the next, but instead they decorate room by room. It’s essential to think about how the space will flow together and what you want the end result to be. Don’t worry if you need to decorate over time due to limited funds or time constraints, just always keep the entire picture in mind.

2. Rushing the Process

In an effort to get your new home looking pulled together, there is a tendency to rushed the entire decorating process. You can end up buying a lot of less expensive furniture to fill the rooms when you should have just saved up for a few nicer pieces to mix in with the basics.

3. Not Testing Paint Colors

No one wants to paint a room twice, especially when time and money are in short supply. Always take the time to test the paint colour on the wall to ensure it is right for the space. It’s a good idea to test it on different wall angles and live with it over a space of a week before committing to a colour. This will help you choose the perfect paint for your home based on your home’s lighting and hard finishes, not how it looked on your friend’s wall or in a magazine.

4. Pushing Everything Against the Wall

One of the biggest mistakes people make in their first home is placing all of the furniture against the walls. For a more attractive home, place two sofas flanking each other, or create a seating area with two chairs in the corner of the room to give the room a sense of space. Sites like Pinterest and Houzz.com are a great place to get inspiration and find a furniture arrangement that would fit your space.

5. Only Shopping at One Store

One decorating mistake commonly made has to do with shopping at the same store for all your furnishing needs. It’s easy and convenient to get caught up in a single store’s style, however it’s important to add variety and meaningful items to a space so your house looks like a home, not a showroom at IKEA

6. Decorating for the Space You Wish You Had

Shop for the space you have, not the space you wish you had. When shopping for furniture and décor items, purchase things that you have a place for and that suit your décor. Resist the temptation to buy that lamp or rug just because it looks gorgeous! You will save money and won’t end up with a storage room full of unused items.