Make your first home feel like home without breaking the bank

From ingenious design techniques to make your space stand out to keeping costs as low as possible, the experts at My Bespoke Room have compiled a list of 8 things you can do to turn your first home into a home. you.

Clean thoroughly and don’t unpack all at once

When you first move in, the property may be dusty or just need updating. Before embarking on any serious DIY and design projects, it’s best to do a thorough cleaning so you can see the space with fresh eyes, it will give you a clearer idea of ​​where to go. work the most.

It may be tempting, but try not to unpack everything at once, as it can create unnecessary clutter and make the space chaotic and claustrophobic. It’s best to be selective about what you need, if you can, to have a designated room you can confine the clutter to and close the door while you’re sorted.

Don’t restrict your style

It can be difficult trying to imagine what you want your home to look and feel like, especially when you’re faced with endless scrolling on Pinterest and Instagram in search of the “perfect” aesthetic. You may end up classifying yourself in one style and closing the lanes to a design or a mix of styles that you would like

Don’t rush, start by creating a Pinterest board and pin everything you like, soon you will start to notice the emergence of particular styles, colors and themes. After seeing what appeals to you, from there you can create a home of your own.

Focus on bedroom and living room first

You’ve just moved in and there’s so much to do, but where do you start? Prioritize your resting places and where you will spend a lot of time. Focus on turning your bedroom into a sanctuary to escape clutter and chaos, the living room should be next on the list, however, don’t make instant purchases when it comes to your sofa – and be sure to measure correctly!

Unsurprisingly, bathrooms and kitchens are the most expensive rooms to update, so you might want to avoid them at first.

Make your space stand out with small changes

You can make a home more inviting with smaller, less expensive changes, like laying rugs. Area rugs help hide scuff marks from previous owners and keep rooms from feeling cold and resonant.

Investing in artwork, prints and plants can easily bring your personality and life into your home. It’s a quick and relatively inexpensive way to add your personal touches – depending on how many plants you buy!

Never underestimate a fresh coat of paint, whether it’s to freshen up a room or completely change the color, it can freshen up a room while you decide what style you like.

Choose the colors according to the use of the room

Color can influence our mood and affect how we feel in certain rooms, so it’s important to consider the use of the room before deciding. For example, blue is generally a soothing color and therefore ideal for bedrooms, offices or living rooms. Green is also a relaxing color that can be great for a home office or living room.

Base colors such as blues and greens are great, but for brighter or bolder pops of color, try layering them in smaller ways, such as in trims, upholstery, and artwork. art.

Cut costs where you can

Don’t rush into new purchases if you can avoid it – not only could this be a costly mistake if you haven’t measured correctly or thought about how it will fit into a larger design scheme, but “Quick furnishing” is bad for the environment if it ends up in landfill within a few months.

Using second-hand items or bargains from the Facebook Marketplace or charity shops is a great way to quickly create a functional living space, and you might even inherit a few vintage gems! You can use them as a placeholder until you are ready to invest in your coins forever.

Looking for premium on a budget

There are many cost-effective ways to make your home grand and beautiful. We suggest replacing door and cabinet hardware with more luxurious and elegant handles or painting your cabinets a bold new color like black to add that plush feel.

You can also look to replace outdated light fixtures and swap out shades to create an opulent feel. Soft furnishings like rugs, throws and pillows are also a quick and easy way to add style to a room.

Think about your positioning

Positioning can really make a difference when it comes to decorating your new home, you don’t want overly large items that take up space. Think about the size of the piece of furniture you are buying, will it fit comfortably and will there be enough space for a side table on either side or will it be easy to pull out the hall chairs to eat ?

Using tape or boxes to explore layouts before purchasing key parts can be very helpful. It is important to have a decent passage space, so that you do not have to move the furniture when you move (we recommend a minimum passage space of 60 cm).

Lucy Henderson, interior design manager at My Bespoke Room, concludes: “Remember that decorating your first home is supposed to be a fun process, take the time to decide on the style you like.

“If you can take the time to settle into your space before designing or remodeling your home, then you can see how the space actually works for you and figure out what you really need. This can save you the hassle of buying lots of items that are too big, too small, or just plain unnecessary.