Buying a new home is an exciting and overwhelming process. It’s one of the biggest steps people make in their lives and a lot of thought goes into choosing the right house. The last thing you want is to spend all your hard earned money on a new home, move everything in and be stressed out over how you’re going to decorate or design your new house.
Furniture can be incredibly expensive, coming up with themes to each room can be daunting, but I wanted to share with you a few simple design ideas for new homeowners. There are a ton of easy things you can do to make your new place like home and you don’t have to spend a ton of money to achieve it.
You can get a lot of the things needed to spruce up your home at the thrift store, garage sales or at second-hand shops. Today I wanted to share with you my top three tips and tricks when it comes to decorating and designing your home with ease! Let’s jump into the first one!
Simple Design Ideas
Designing your new home doesn’t have to big as overwhelming as buying it. It can feel that way when you walk into a place with bare walls and empty rooms. Today you’ll read all about how to make rooms appear larger, and how to make an impactful first impression!
Creating Higher Ceilings
I don’t know about you, but I think having high ceilings looks elegant and expensive. If you’ve moved into a home that doesn’t have high ceilings, you may feel claustrophobic. It’s not exactly a feature that can be easily fixed by waving a magic wand and extending the ceilings, but I have the next best thing for you.
The only thing you’ll need to make these rooms taller are curtains and curtain rods, that’s it! It is said that hanging curtains can trick your mind into thinking that the room is much taller than it actually is, but there’s a certain trick to it.
When you are measuring the length of curtain needed, start from at least three inches above the window frame. Chances are you’ll get a length of 84 to 96 inches from above the frame to the floor. Hanging the curtain above the window frame gives the illusion that the room is actually larger than it is, and it’s a simple and easy fix.
On the note of curtains, if you don’t have a specific pattern in mind, fabric with vertical lines will give an extra boost to the illusion that the ceiling is higher than it actually is. The last thing you could do if you want it to look like an even larger room is paint the ceiling. Lighter paint colors will make the room look larger, and you can even have the ceiling color match that of the walls to give an additional illusion of more space.
Play With Mirrors
Curtains and paint aren’t the only thing that can trick your mind into seeing a room larger than it is, mirrors can do that as well. It is a good rule of thumb to have at least one mirror in every room of your home. Mirrors can get expensive, which is why it’s great to look around thrift shops and garage sales.
Mirrors can also make each room feel a lot brighter if positioned perpendicular to a window. If you hang the mirror directly across the window, the light will just bounce right back out of the window. Mirrors hung in the proper place can do a lot for your room, but hanging them in the wrong place can have the opposite effect.
My last tip is certainly one of the most important ones you can incorporate in your new home. The first thing people will see when they visit is your door and your entryway. Not many people think to do it, but painting your front door a fun color can really make a difference. Your home will stand out and look inviting to your guests.
It makes your home unique and you won’t have to spend a ton of money on paint, or spend hours and hours painting an entire room. It is good to note that certain colors are associated with specific feelings. Colors like yellow and orange are associated with happiness and warmth, while red is matched with safety, love and passion. Consider checking up on what feelings are matched with the color you’re wanting to paint your front door, before buying any paint.
Darren Robertson is a top-producing licensed REALTOR® in Northern Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. Valuing service over sales, Darren is known by his clients for both his extensive local market knowledge, as well as his patience and reliability as he helps them on their home buying and home selling journey.
Darren is a tech-forward agent who places a heavy emphasis on internet marketing and blogging in his business.
When he’s not helping his clients buy and sell homes, he enjoys going on adventures with his beautiful wife and two little ones, strategy games, movies, red wine, and traveling.