First Apartment Decorating Ideas: beginner’s guide
When a painter faces a white canvas, he has numberless opportunities to create. He can make his masterpiece and cherish it forever, or he can hate it and throw it away.
Having your first own place feels a little bit like that. You have all this blank space you can use, and it can be amazing, or it can go incredibly wrong.
It is not always easy to tell the difference between a good and a bad idea when you have no decoration experience, especially if it is something so personal as your first home.
So here’s a little décor guide for beginners on their first home alone.
We are going to divide this beginner’s guide in three parts: MUST DO, BE MATURE and FANCY UP. Keep it up!
PART 1 – MUST DO
In this part we are going to suggest you three simple things you to do before you start your décor.
1 – Measure everything
You can’t start decorating your place without actually knowing what fits where. In order to know what kind of couch, wardrobe, bed, fridge and most of other house appliances you should buy, you have to know the right measures of the house or apartment.
2 – Decide what you like
It can be very overwhelming to have all this empty space in your hands for the first time. So, take a step back and think about all the things you like and things you don’t. Having in mind how you would like your home to look like is 50% of the work.
If you have no idea yet, take a look at this post to help you out.
3 – Pick a color palette
This will set the tone for the rest of your décor and help you keep the harmony around the objects and furniture of the house.
PART 2 – BE MATURE
Here we’re going to give you a few tips on how to get your house looking like a decent grown up’s place.
1 – Add paint
It doesn’t even have to be some bold color, just a white fresh painted wall is fine. This changes the whole space and makes your home prettier instantly. If you are not sure try removable wallpaper first. They are easy as peel and stick and if you do not like it you can remove it without damaging your wall.
2 – Window treatments
Pay a little attention to your windows and don’t leave them forgotten. A right window’s treatment makes all the difference when it comes to house décor. Ditch vertical blinds and invest in some curtains – they will add color to your room, help you control the lighting and get a sophisticated look right away.
3 – Upgrade your lighting
The right lighting makes all the difference. Try to find the right focal points in your room and play with it. If you don’t know how to find a focal point, here are some tips:
- Look around the room and find the “biggest” feature. It can be a fireplace, a picture or a bookcase. This is usually the main focal point.
- If the place doesn’t have an interesting feature, identify the biggest piece of furniture. This can be your focal point.
- The focal point should be the first thing you see when you enter the room. Do the test and go in your room paying attention on what is the first thing you look at.
Always remember – a yellow lighting is always warmer and more welcoming than a white one.
4 – Add storage
When decorating you have to think practical too. Go for smart furniture that can have a good amount of storage, so you don’t get lost on your own mess.
PART 3 – FANCY UP
In this last part we’re going to see a few things you could do to get your place one step further on décor and look super classy.
1 – Add color
It sounds like a big step to go for bright colors right at the beginning, so start slowly with a few splashes of colors around the house. Focus on fun accessories until you find the taste and the courage to go all the way and have a wall fully painted or covered in bold wallpaper.
If you think you’re ready for a punch of daring décor, take a look at the wallpaper trends for 2018 and go for it!
2 – Area rugs
Rugs are just the best. They warm up the place, hide eventual damaged floors and can play a great part on dividing areas on the house – great for open concept places.
3 – Accessorize!
In this case you can go two ways:
1 – You invest in high end pieces that will endure for a long time and take them with you to your next home.
2 – Buy cheap objects that are on trend and change them whenever you feel your vibe has changed too.
But don’t be scared! Accessories make all the difference.
4 – Go vintage
Vintage décor is super fancy, trendy and it can be pretty cheap. Go to thrift shops or second-hand stores to find main pieces that will give a unique identity to your home.
Having your first experience with décor is not an easy thing but it can be super fun and rewarding. Here’s one last advice: Chill out! This is your first but probably won’t be your last home, so don’t worry if you make a few mistakes. Just make sure you feel comfortable and welcome.
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