Decorating Mistakes of First Time Home Owners

Buying your first house is a major milestone for most of us. Not only is it intimidating to get a mortgage, save the down payment, and orchestrate a move, now the question is what do I do with this empty house? You’ve made a long term commitment buying this house and getting a mortgage. You may have certain indulgent ideas from a fantasy of the younger you. Your dream could be owning an oversized bed, or integrating a fireman’s pole from ceiling to floor, or designing truly magical children’s rooms. Whether or not it takes shape depends on your circumstances and updated sense of taste.

Yet sometimes, great décor decisions are not just about what you hope to achieve but also what you should avoid. That might sound negative, but actually, knowing a few limiting parameters can help you reign in your creativity to a reasonable and sensible degree, often to the point where decisions you make are fully justified, pointed, and appreciated.

But of course, often the issues you wish to avoid will depend entirely on the space you hope to create. Today I’m sharing decorating advice from multiple experts in the design field. My goal for this post is to give the reader an administrative device to help you make your own creative decisions more readily:

Plan Structural Changes

Do you watch DIY shows on television? Have you noticed how many people try to do the changes themselves when they don’t know have the knowledge? Taking out walls looks like fun as we watch pros enjoying tearing things up. It’s not fun when the ceiling starts to sag because you took out structural supports. Most of us are not engineers or construction experts. Taking a class at Home Depot on how to tile and then using that information is not a bad thing. (I wouldn’t try tiling as I’ve always been a klutz.} Watching a video online and then attempting to re-wire your home is extremely foolish and not recommended.

Photo A Glass of Bovino

Design Process

There’s nothing wrong with trying a new design from room to room but most designers choose a theme to connect the rooms in the home. As we discussed in structural change, first make a plan for each room. Set your budget, research what is required such as you’ll paint or pros will make the changes. Get permits from local government for structural change, and get multiple bids with references. Contact the references and ask about the process. Remember being beautiful is useless if the change is NOT functional. That means you must first fix problems with the house before you spend your money and time on making it beautiful. I know no one sees new electrical wiring but it comes before a paint job or art. Designer Tina Huffman at Greenhouse Studio has a great post with step by step instructions on how to decorate like a designer. Her steps are:

1. Make A Budget
2. Create A Mood board
3. Choose Your “Springboard” (Inspiration) Object
4. Make A Room Layout Plan
5. Choose Foundation Furniture
6. Pick Paint Colors
7. Scale Up
8. Don’t Over-Source Any Single Source
9. Inject Your Own Style And Individuality

Over at Modsy.com, they offer tools to help you design a room or home online. Sherri B. has a post about how she designed her dream office without having moved into her new home. It’s very inspiring! You want to have “negative space” in rooms. You may plan a focal gallery wall. It can make a big difference in a room. Allow bare walls around the gallery of frames or objects. It will make the gallery pop against the wall. Don’t overdo with too many focal walls competing for attention. Remember when I added a picture ledge in the dining room? A gentleman on Etsy made the ledge to order and a handyman installed it.