If you have just finished new construction or a renovation on your home or apartment, you most likely will be in need of some new furniture and accent pieces to give your place a homey feel.
Picking the correct furniture and auxiliary pieces are vital to making your project come to fruition in the best way possible.
With so many different choices from L shaped couches to Lazy Boy chairs you might feel overwhelmed with the work you have cut out for you.
While there are many interior decorators who can charge you an arm and a leg for their services, you may choose to tackle this project yourself.
We have compiled a list of useful tips for those of you with limited to no experience in the interior design arena.
1. Clean Everything Out
Maybe you already have some old furniture you really like which can still be used but maybe only needs a small affordable makeover. Find a local carpenter to reupholster your old couch and chairs to make them look brand new, maybe even consider changing the color of these pieces of furniture to match your newly refurbished home.
For other items you no longer wish to keep, you can either sell them on eBay or Craigslist orif you are feeling charitable, go to your local Goodwill store and donate these belongings or give them to homeless people who will appreciate them or give them to a children's orphanage.
This is a great way to give back to your community and will mean a tremendous amount to people who have very little in their lives.
Start with the bedrooms first, possibly the most important room in the house since you will spend most of your time here when in the apartment or home
When buying new bedding be sure to get linens with high thread counts, why may you ask?
Linens with higher thread counts are softer and more durable, helping them to last longer. From looking on Amazon, expect to pay between $200 to $800 depending on your budget.
Pick linens that match the color of your walls, usually a light cream color is best.
If you are a light and sensitive sleeper consider buying blackout curtains, but make sure the curtains overlap the windows by a few inches to achieve total darkness.
When buying a bed, you can oftentimes buy a bed base for fairly cheap, keep in mind this bed base is going to be covered by your sheets so it's more important the base is functional rather than beautiful. However, be sure to get a nice big headboard,possibly in a darker color to give the room a nice variety and contrast in colors as well as some life.
3. Don't Buy Everything at Once
If you don't absolutely love a piece of furniture don't buy it, continue shopping, even if it takes you a few additional weeks. These pieces of furniture can be very costly and you want to be sure not to make a mistake.
After living in the home for a period of time you might decide you want a U shaped couch rather than an L shaped couch.
Especially if you are on a budget, we recommend buying a nice piece of furniture that will last long and then if you are short on cash then wait a few paychecks later to buy the big hardwood dinner table and chairs. Everyone knows the saying, “you get what you pay for,” well this could not be more true when shopping for furniture.
Take your time and be patient, good things come to those who are patient.
4. Make the Room Come Together
It is possible you love the way a dark grey couch looks and fits in your apartment but the walls make this furniture seem out of place. A simple solution is to simple paint the primary wall in that particular room either a dark grey or dark green.
Be sure not to leave out any throw pillows or blankets or potted indoor plants, these little things can really tie the room together nicely to give your home a complete feel.
All of these home decorations are doable without the help of a designer so just remember to not feel overwhelmed and to approach one room until the home is completed.