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Look at your new home as a blank canvas. One of the biggest joys of moving into a new space is being able to transform it into a place that truly reflects your personality.

Before diving into furnishing and decorating, however, it’s best to create a plan to ensure you’re able to create an area that you can enjoy for many years to come.

1. Create a Firm Budget

Never head out to a store without knowing how much money you want to spend. There are so many temptations out there, and if you’re not careful, you may end up going over budget. Consider allocating a specific amount of money per room, and set limits on high ticket items, like sofas, beds, and tables. Shop around furniture on finance deals to ensure you’re able to get the best price on the items you like the most.

2. Bring a Shopping List

Shopping without having a list of items to buy may cause you to purchase everything except what you truly need. Categorise each item. Have a list for necessities, such as furniture or bedding. Create another list for items that are less important, like paintings or throw pillows. Check off each item as they are purchased.

3. Don’t Buy Everything at Once

While you may be tempted into filling your entire home with furnishings, it may be better to only buy a little bit at a time. Start with a basic, minimal design. From there, you may begin to add more pieces as desired. Remember, you may end up receiving housewarming gifts from friends or family, so let yourself take plenty of time to decorate.

4. Decorate One Room at a Time

To keep your design concepts organized, it’s best to furnish and decorate one room at a time. Of course, be sure to purchase any things you absolutely need. Then select the first room you want to decorate. Choose a popular space, such as the living room or dining room. This will help streamline the process and keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

5. Start Simple

Neutral colour palettes are great for every home. These give you enough freedom to add more colour throughout the year, while creating a space that is both stylish and cosy. Earth tones, black, white, grey, tan, and wood tones are great starting points. Neutral colours never go out of style, and they are easy to dress up.

6. Wall Colour

Paint is perhaps the easiest way to reinvent a room. If a room is on the small side, you can make it appear larger by painting the walls a soft, natural, or bright colour. Large rooms can feel cosier by painting the walls a deep, dark colour. Be sure that any paint colour you choose pairs well with your furniture and linens.

7. Treat Yourself

While you most likely want to save money when decorating a new home, you should still treat yourself with at least one furnishing. If you like to cook, for example, consider buying new dishes or a sturdy dining room table.

Those who want to retreat to their bedroom to relax and unwind should invest in a high-quality bed and lux bedding. This way, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to decorate the next room in your house.