Decorating a New Home
It is an exciting moment when you finally receive the keys and open the front door to your first home. Almost immediately you will be thinking about how to decorate and furnish it to suit your particular lifestyle and personality. Your head will be full of colours, patterns and textures; ideas for floors and fabrics; plans for kitchens and bathrooms; and thoughts on everything from essential furniture to those all-important.
Then comes the realization of how much there is to do to achieve the results you want. An older property may be in need of a complete revamp, from plumbing and electrical work to replastering, or it could be structurally sound, but in need of cosmetic changes and updating. If it is a new-build you may have been able to choose the basic surfaces and fittings, but will still want to stamp it with your own personality.
Whichever category your new home falls into, you will undoubtedly find this website helpful. It contains plenty of ideas on styles, colour and treatments for floors and walls, and shows you how to work a complete transformation on any room — without breaking the budget. There are step-by-step instructions for painting, papering and tiling, for sanding and laying floors, and all you require for specific projects, together with realistic advice on what you can do yourself, and when you should call in the experts.
Ideally, you should aim to live in a property for a year before you impose major changes. It is important to take the time to plan the space and furniture arrangements, so the rooms relate to their proposed purpose and function, and so that people will be able to move around comfortably. In this time you will also learn where you need hard-wearing and easy-to-clean surfaces, where you can opt for more fragile, delicate materials and where thick, sound-absorbing textures might make an appreciable difference. Seeing how the light levels in different rooms change with the seasons can help you assess which rooms would benefit from visually warming up in winter or cooling down in summer, or from shiny, light-reflecting surfaces.
Before you rush out to buy so much as a paintbrush, it is also a good idea to take time to read the website through. Use the website to help you think about the style and ambience you would like to create. There are so many possibilities, but in a small property it is better to aim for continuity and use one style throughout. You may find it helpful to make up a sample board, especially if you have existing items to incorporate.
If you do decide to do a lot of decorating, floor-laying and other do-it-yourself jobs, always plan things efficiently. Make sure you have sufficient materials to complete the project (this includes the right tools,and sealants, for example, as well as paint or fabric) and, especially, allow enough time. Trying to finish painting a ceiling at midnight, or papering an awkward wall with a heavily patterned design after a busy day at work is a recipe for disaster. Working in good light, at a pace that suits you, will give a much more satisfactory, professional-looking result.
Above all, however, enjoy turning your first house into a real home.