Moving into your first house?
This is a big milestone and an exciting time in your life. On the other hand, having to furnish your house can be overwhelming and stressful, figuring out how you’re going to fill out all your space. Whether you’re coming into your new house with little to no furniture, we want to take off all the stress for you and give you tips on best practices you can implement when furnishing your own house.
Establish your style.
The style you choose for your house should ultimately resemble your personality. Are you an outdoors lover? Are you a perfectionist or have a minimalist style? Knowing your personal attributes will help you tap into what decor style you want to establish. If you’re still lost, you can use a Pinterest board of different images that inspire you or you can buy a piece of furniture that you like and style the rest of the room around that one piece.
Quality over quantity.
Don’t feel rushed that you have to fill out your house right away with as much furniture as you can. You should pace yourself and make sure you’re satisfied with what furniture you’re putting in your house whether it takes weeks or months. There’s no perfect method of filling your new house with furniture but having a clear process may help during this stressful time of your life. To make things easier, try focusing on the important furniture first such as your mattress, sofas and dining table.
Have a furniture planning budget.
One of the misconceptions most people have when it comes to furniture is the costs that add up. Moving into a new home with no furniture can be stressful on top of your other house payments so planning a budget for your furniture can make the process simpler and less stressful. One important rule you can follow when budgeting furniture is to budget around 10% to 50% of the total cost of your home. If your house is $300,000 then you want to have a budget of about $30,000 to $150,000. Other tips that are useful when planning your furniture budget is paying attention to any seasonal sales and using secondhand shops such as the Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, or Craigslist.
Tie everything together with color.
One great way to tie your rooms together is through your use of color. If you already have your main pieces of furniture, such as sofas, you can coordinate your other matching materials through color and texture. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors. Here are some tips and tricks you can implement using color when furnishing your house:
- Decorate from dark to light vertically
- Use white in your kitchen to brighten the room
- Use the 60-30-10 rule. 60% a dominant color, 30% secondary color, and 10% of an accent color
- Contrast warm and cool colors
- Limit your palette to three colors
At ABC Blind & Drapery, we offer many amazing products for homeowners to use when furnishing their first house! A house that speaks to your personality makes it feel that much more like home. If you have any additional comments or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us!