So, you’ve just bought your first home? Finally, you have one foot on the ladder, and whilst you’re keen to make the place your own, most of your savings have gone on the deposit. This is a problem that many first-time buyers face, after years of saving for the ‘dream house’, you simply don’t have the funds left over for those important finishing touches that will transform it into a home. But fear not, as we have rounded up 5 interior design tips, especially for you first time buyers.
- Invest in key pieces
We’ve all heard the saying ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ and when it comes to key home furnishings, this quote couldn’t be more accurate. Whilst buying low price furnishings might save your pennies in the interim, you’ll end up needing to replace these items sooner. Investing in high-quality furniture pieces that won’t go out of style is always a sensible idea. Whilst they might work out more expensive overall, they will last you much longer, so they’ll ‘earn their keep’. Things like, a classic chesterfield sofa, a strong divan bed frame and solid backed oak furniture are hard-wearing and durable. These key items can grow as you do, they can be taken to new homes and will adapt with your personal style.
- Change up your accessories
As a new home owner, it can be tempting to go all out with uber-modern décor, but keep in mind that what’s in fashion now probably won’t be in a few years down the line. To ensure your home doesn’t end up looking dated, it’s best to stick to trend-led accessories, that can quickly and easily be switched out as your style evolves. The great thing about accessories, is that they’re interchangeable, so choosing trends designs is a great way to give your home a contemporary twist, without going ‘all out’. Currently it’s all about copper tones and marble finishes, but next up it could be sapphire hues and chrome finishes. Try not to get too caught up in fashion, pick things you’re going to love for the long-run!
- Make smarter decisions
Chances are that your first home won’t be your ‘forever home’. So, whilst you may want to totally transform it, you should always think sensibly about any renovation decisions. The key to being successful on the property market, is to ensure that any changes you make are going to work to add value to your home. Think about whether you really need a new fitted kitchen, or would a lick of paint suffice? Do you need a brand-new bathroom suite, or could you just update the tiles? You get the point, it’s all about small changes that will have a big impact!
Sometimes there is simply no money left in the pot for new furniture, and that’s ok. It’s important to realise that everybody has to start somewhere! If you’re lucky enough to receive hand-me-downs from friends and family, then be sure to accept them. They may not be your taste, but they’ll do the trick whilst you save up for the items you truly want. Don’t be afraid to visit your local thrift shop, you can find some absolute gems at a reasonable. Look past the item’s exterior because it’s simple to restore charity-shop furniture. A quick sanding, a lick of paint and new doorknobs, can totally transform an item.
- Take your time
Our fifth and final tip is to take your time! It might seem obvious, but it’s easy to rush into big decisions, especially when you’re in your very first home. When it comes to interior design, it’s important that you really think about your decisions – you don’t want to make a big change that you’re going to regret in a year or two! Decorating should be treat as a journey, not a race.