It’s great to see more and more first time buyers joining the property market with the support of Help to Buy. Not only is it a very exciting and busy time for new home owners, but it can also be an overwhelming process too.
Personalising a whole home can require a lot of time, thought and preparation. So whilst you’re settling in, we thought we would give you a few handy hints and tips on interior design for when the time comes to transform your house into a home.
- Mood boards
It’s important to know how you want each room to look and feel before buying any furniture, accessories or even worse, paint! A mood board can help focus your attention and create a plan for each room. Use pictures from magazines and add colour swatches and fabric samples to help bring your visions to life.
- Be patient
It can be very tempting to dash to the sales and find some wonderful bargains but once you come home and find they don’t work in the space or complement other furniture in the room, they simply become a waste of money. Do some research, get samples and measure all spaces before purchasing any furniture.
Lighting can be the make or break of a room, whatever the budget is. Give careful consideration to each room as the lighting should reflect the room’s purpose such as cooking, relaxing, working or entertaining. Getting the right lighting can make the home feel warm and welcoming to guests or can create the perfect atmosphere for working.
Many first time buyers tend to be on a tight budget when buying their home, so it is inevitable a few ‘make do’ pieces of furniture and accessories will be used to get by. However, art can be a real investment, spend money on a couple of key pieces that you really love and pull out the colours from the artwork in your accessories. It will help complete a room and if chosen well, the piece may be timeless.
- Neutrals are key
Taste and trends come and go, so it’s good to keep a simple colour palette for big items such as sofas, beds and kitchens. A lime green kitchen may look good for 2014 but it won’t look as chic and stylish in a couple of years. Having a neutral base gives you more opportunity to accessories in different colours and fabrics, plus they can be easily changed for a fraction of the price.
- Get inspiration
If you need some interior design inspiration our Pinterest board is packed full of cool, sophisticated and fun ideas. Plus our choices centre is open for you to select the perfect foundations, including a fabulous range of kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and carpets as well as lighting, tiles and taps, all of which come in a variety of colours and styles for your new home.
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