Decorating Your First Home (When You’ve Only Rented)
February 18, 2019
Decorating your new Jordan Ranch home should be a joy, not a chore. If this is the first home you’ve ever owned, it should be doubly joyful. Of course, if you’ve only rented before, you are probably used to a lot of rules that inhibit your inner design diva. If that’s the case, we’ve got some great tips for you.
Figure Out Your Decorating Style
Sure, you sort of decorated your rental, but chances are it was with furniture donated by relatives. It was functional but probably not reflective of your personal style. Come to think of it, what is your style? If you don’t know try taking a quiz or visiting design sites like Houzz before you make important decorating purchases.
Make Your Design Center Visit Count
Building a home from the ground up allows you to personalize your home. When it comes to paint, cabinet styles, fixtures and lighting, you can choose what you want and let the builder install it for you. A visit to the design center can be overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead.
Paint is Your New Best Friend
With a new home, you can do what you’ve always dreamed of — paint! You can upgrade your paint choices at the design center or do it yourself, but whatever you decide, keep these keep these things in mind.
Downsize Before You Upsize
What’s in your closet? Chances are, not many things you want to bring to your new home. Take the opportunity to purgeyour rental before moving into your new home —that includes Aunt Edna’s end tables from the 70s. Doing so will make your move easier and allow you to choose pieces that fit your aesthetic.
Furniture Doesn’t Have to Be New
When it comes to new furniture, old might be better. Consignment shops like Mindy’s Home Goods in Katy can be great places to pick up brand-name furniture at a fraction of the cost. Thrift stores also can be good but remember not to buy soft goods such as mattresses or sofas as they might carry passengers you don’t want in your new home.
But Don’t Buy It All At Once
If you notice you aren’t using your dining room for dining, you might want to skip the antique dining room set. Experts suggest living in your new home for at least two months before making significant purchases. That gives you time to see how you use your home. Here are some tips for buying without regret.
Buy Quality Where It Matters
If you want new furniture, buy high-quality pieces that will last for years. Pieces you should splurge on include mattresses, sofas and window treatments. Check out this list from The Spruce to see where you should splurge and where you can save.
What Are Window Treatments?
Window treatments are clothes for windows. If your builder offers blinds, consider getting them. That will give you privacy while you decide how you want to outfit your windows. HGTV has some great tips for choosing the right treatments for every window in your home.
Above all, have fun. This is your first home and a chance to express your personal style. If inspiration fails, take another look at our beautiful model homes. They have been professionally decorated and offer great ideas for using space, as well as the hot new trends in paint, window treatments and wall art.