As I was helping out a friend with some design ideas for her new home, her blank slate, I kept stopping to think of how I could make it as easy as possible for her. I wanted to sum it up with general, yet specific ‘rules’ to help her as she starts looking and finding pieces for her space. Rule #1: Don’t Rush This might actually be the hardest part. As a new homeowner your eager to finish rooms and make them feel like you’ve lived in them for 10-years. But the truth is, it takes time and you just need to live in the space to see how you’ll be utilizing it, keeping it functional and practical yet high-end and beautiful.
Rule #2: Multi-Functional Pieces I like to buy pieces that might be able to work in multiple spaces throughout the house. Personally, I like to rearrange and switch things up every now again, and sometimes that’s with accessories, rugs, or pictures. Also, if it’s a little more pricey piece, like a rug consider if it’s neutral enough to switch it up, in case you ever decide to paint that room in the future.
Rule #3: Consistency & Flow It’s okay to have similar pieces in different rooms, whether it be white matte frames, mirrors, or the same color pallets. This creates a consistency and flow to your house, keeping the spaces connected and inviting. This also will most likely help with those multi-functional pieces and allowing them to work within different spaces throughout your home.
Rule #4: Save & Splurge If your working on a room, look for places where you want to splurge and areas you can save. This will not only keep you on budget, but will also let your dreams become a reality a bit quicker. Of course we all want a fully furnished Pottery Barn living room, but sometimes we have to be realistic – and for those with the fully furnished PB room, brava! Be realistic in both areas when you’ll need to shell out some more pennies, or when you can bargain shop and save.
Areas to splurge: curtains, rugs and chairs.
Areas to save: side tables, bedding, accessories/frames
Rule #5: Find Inspiration If you have no clue how you want to decorate, the best way I think, to gain inspiration, is Pinterest! Even if it’s just general searches and scrolling through; “living room” or “side table DIY” you can gain inspiration or maybe find an idea you hadn’t thought about before. Also, if your fixated on a piece, but it’s a bit out of your price range – try finding a DIY version!
Have decorating questions or want more tips? Comment below or ping me on social @mmariebee!