Danielle of family-run furniture business Oak Furniture Superstore has shared with us her top tips on interior decorating for first time buyers on a budget and turning your first house into your dream home – where should you save or splurge, how can you make a small room look bigger, and how can you keep up with the latest interior trends without burning a hole in your wallet?
Make a feature wall with wallpaper
Painting three walls and creating a feature wall using wallpaper allows you to save money while adding your personal style to any room. You can save even further by purchasing wallpaper online. It is important to remember to measure your walls precisely to determine how much wallpaper you need, as all wallpaper should be from the same batch. Plus this will help to stop you from overspending.
Save on accessories
Accessories are integral when giving your home that personal touch, great individual pieces can be picked up from shops such as Homesense at a low price, and eBay is great when searching for bargains too!
Kitchen accessories, such as cutlery and utensils, can be picked up from high street shops like Argos for a great price, and they will last you for years. You can also save money on decorative accessories by shopping around. Great items can often be discovered in charity shops and at boot fairs, too.
When shopping for furniture, buying online is your cheapest option, as many companies offer pieces at a fraction of high street prices.
Reading home magazines, such as Ideal Home, is a purse friendly way to keep up to date with current interior design trends. Also, high street stores often provide free home furnishings magazines, which are a great resource when looking for inspiration.
High-end kitchen showrooms often feature fashions years before they are available elsewhere, so visit these to get an idea of styles which will not become outdated quickly. You can also seek out popular styles by looking at estate agency websites to see how other people are decorating their homes, new build décor can be especially inspiring.
There are loads of great home bloggers who pick up on popular products and deliver their verdict directly to their readers. By signing up to receive updates from bloggers who share your style and budget, you can ensure that you always know where to find the best fashion-forward bargains.
Create the illusion of space
Large mirrors are a great tool for creating an illusion of space within the room, and placing one on the wall facing the door gives a great impression as soon as the room is entered.
Transparent furniture is a great choice when seeking to make a room look bigger. Daido rails and coving will make any room look larger, and decorating rooms using calm and even tones will also help to create a feeling of space.
Choose lighting carefully
The type of ceiling lighting that you choose can really impact on a room. For low ceilings, ensure that you use either spotlights or a central flush ceiling light, and for high ceilings, large pendant or chandelier lights are definitely the way to go.
Keep it simple
Minimalism is key. It is so easy to get excited and carried away when buying things for your first home, but too many items can make a space cluttered and the room will appear smaller. Just seek to invest in a few key items which you really love.
Purchase stowaway furniture
There are now space saving options available for many types of furniture, including dining sets. Purchasing a dining set which will stowaway when not in use is a great way to save on space outside of meal times.
Invest in the right items
It is a good idea to invest in good quality electrical appliances, as these will last you for many years, and you will save money in the long run as you will not need to replace them frequently. Another item which you should not scrimp on is a mattress, as most people will spend up to a third of their life sleeping on the same one.
Get a recommendation
Use your local Facebook group to ask people which painters and decorators they recommend, this can help you to ensure that if you hire someone to decorate for you, they will do so at a high standard. If you are paying a tradesman, try to pay in instalments as they complete the work, as it is difficult to get money back from someone if you feel that they have done a poor job.
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