It’s one of life’s most exciting moments when you find a new home for you and your family. The only thing possibly more exciting is the opportunity to decorate it! Don’t let the task at hand overwhelm you. Instead, it’s time to get creative and start bringing your dream home to life. Whether you have an exact picture of what you want, or your decor taste is still evolving, read through our guide on how to choose decor for your new home that will make moving in even more thrilling.
Whether you like classic whitewashed walls or the bold contrasts of bright hues, knowing your color scheme is an important first step to decorating your new home. To choose your color scheme, begin by taking a peek at a classic color wheel. Depending on your personal taste, you may veer towards complementary colors (such as blue and orange), contrasting colors (such as red and purple), analogous colors (colors that appear next to each other, such as green and yellow), or monochrome colors (use of the same color with the addition of white or black to achieve different tones).
When planning the color scheme for each room, refer to the color wheel and stick to a consistent color combo style that brings you joy every time you look at it. Also, be sure your color choices matches what existing furniture and other decor items you are bringing into your new home. For example, colorful floral throw pillows can either clash with or complement the paint you've chosen for your walls. With the right combination though, they can be the tasteful pop of color and spice in a room that is more muted or monochrome.
Each room of your new home has a unique purpose that will ultimately inform how you organize and decorate it. How you intend to use each room will also help you determine your choices of paint, accents, and accessories. If you prefer to leave your living room as a formal space, then you will probably decorate it differently than if you use it as a place to relax and watch television.
Bedrooms are also a highly personal affair. Experts say that color can affect our mood, so while a warm red is good for a kitchen, cooler colors are more ideal for the bedroom. That’s because cool colors such as creams, blues, greens, grays, and violets relax us and prepare us for sleep. When decorating your new bedroom, be sure to work with a theme that is not too busy. Choose a bedspread or duvet cover that reflects exactly how you want to feel when dozing off into dream world or relaxing in your bedroom.
Bathrooms are a fun place to get creative with color and decor. Be sure to think your creativity through, as bathrooms are also expensive to remodel or redecorate if you grow bored of the style. Bathrooms are a great place to imitate an elegant soothing spa with neutral colors to make the room feel soft and sophisticated, or to get eclectic and funky with bright colors and tiles. Choose a matching set of bath towels that reflect the mood and vibe of your bathroom. If you’re going for a sophisticated spa-like feeling, perhaps opt for sparkling white. If you’re more into a bold artistic vibe, choose bright reds or blues.
Personalizing items in your new home can make it feel even more like yours. There are some sweet and subtle ways to personalize items in your home. The best way to do this is to monogram certain items in your home, such as napkins, blankets, and monogrammed towels for the bathroom.
A home is truly brought together by a stream of nice personal touches and small accents that tie everything together. Accent elements go a long way in personalizing your home's decor. Something so simple as an eye-catching painting, a vibrant rug, or an antique couch can tie a whole room together. Some other nice touches are personal items that allow your unique style to shine through. Throw pillows and throw blankets are an excellent way to add more subtle detail to a room. They are playful, cozy, and can easily be swapped out or moved around. Make our windows look less bare with flowing curtains that match the theme of the room. When in doubt, fill spaces with plants. Plants not only freshen your new home's air, but they also complement any design style, from the most casual to the most sophisticated.
Decorating your new home is a fun and creative adventure. Don’t let yourself get so overwhelmed that you forget to enjoy the fun!