Getting your first place is one of the most exciting life events. It’s a wonderful opportunity to create a space that is entirely yours that will be your own personal haven. But when you’re just starting out, decorating a whole new place can be a bit overwhelming since there is so much to do.
Decorating your first place should be a fun, creative process, not a stressful one. Follow these easy decorating tips to put together a plan so you can make the most of your space right from the beginning.
Decorating Tips for Your First Place
Start with the Important Pieces
The most important investments you’ll make in your first place are your sofa and bed. These key pieces will get a lot of wear, so it’s better to invest in something that is made well and will last you a while instead of skimping and having to replace it in just a few years (or less). These two pieces also have a huge influence on the design of these rooms so make sure you choose ones you love as it will be hard to decorate around them if you don’t.
Personalize with Simple Upgrades
If your first place doesn’t have much character, there are some easy, inexpensive ways to give it some upgrades. Start by switching out the light fixtures to ones you love. This will instantly make a big difference. Next, you can switch out the hardware in your kitchen and bathrooms. If you are renting, save the hardware and replace it when you move out. If you own your home, crown molding and baseboards will give it an upscale finish.
Add Character with Art and Textiles
Even if you’re in a rental and can’t paint the walls, you can add character with art and textiles such as pillows, throws, curtains, and area rugs. All these things are budget-friendly and abundant, so you can easily find pieces that speak to you and personalize your home to make it feel more like your own. These are great areas in which to infuse color and pattern, too, especially if the walls must remain neutral. A large piece of art, for example, can take the place of an accent wall with a big splash of color.
Paint will become one of your best friends once you discover the incredible transformative power of it – and how easy it is to use! A fresh coat of paint on the walls instantly makes a home feel cleaner and more like your own. We recommend keeping the walls neutral in case you want to switch out the décor down the road as you discover your style more, but an accent wall can be a great compromise and is easy to switch out if you get tired of it.
Even if you can’t paint the walls if you’re renting, you can use paint to easily transform pieces of furniture you get at garage sales or thrift stores. This not only saves you money, but it also gives you the power to customize a piece exactly to your personal style.
Take Your Time
It’s very exciting to decorate your first place, so you probably feel pressure to get it all done as soon as you move in. However, waiting a while can be beneficial. You will discover a lot about what you need and want from the home as you live in it. Not only will you figure out things in terms of storage and organization, but you’ll also become more attuned to your personal style.