Interior design tips for first-time homeowners in London

Choosing your first home is one of the biggest decisions you can make, and it can be even tougher to decide how to decorate it because it is this process that will make it go from a house to a home. Decorating and furnishing a whole house from top to bottom is a tough task but these tips and some careful planning should make it easier.

Stick to a budget
The first thing you need to do when it comes to decorating is to know how much you intend to spend. As it’s your first home, it can be easy to get carried away with new furniture and decorations that you think will look good in your home but this can often mean you’ll end up spending more than you have. Always shop around for deals and discounts before you commit and if you have some spending money left over once you’ve got the essentials, you can always treat yourself with something on your wish list. 

Start with neutral tones
Sticking with neutral colours can be a good starting point for any first home design. Colours such as white, cream, black and grey are easily dressed up with splashes of colour here and there in things such as rugs, cushions, and throws. If you’re struggling for inspiration when it comes to neutral colours, asking help from a professional service such as Kia Designs, interior designers based in London, could help you create a starting point for each room.

Be frugal at first
This tip ties with the idea of sticking to a budget and can be another difficulty for first-time home buyers. You’ll probably have the overwhelming desire to buy everything all at once, but more often than not it’s better to start with very little and before you expand. If you know, you can do without a sofa for a while, wait until you’ve shopped around a little more to get the best deal. Sometimes it’s better to live in your house for a while to figure out exactly what you’re going to need.
One room at a time
By treating your home as a large project and working on the design of one room at a time, you’ll be able to have a clearer idea of exactly what you want to achieve without the stress of thinking about other rooms. Break tasks down into smaller, more manageable parts and this way you’ll be a lot less overwhelmed with the amount of work you have to do.

Stay focused on your ideas
Creating mood boards can have advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage is something that we’ve already covered, the fact that you’ll probably want to buy everything all at once, but an advantage is that it will keep you focused on what you have in mind for each room in your new home. Compile photos, paint colours and fabric samples that you can take with you when you’re finally buying your furniture.

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  1. Daniel Taylor
    November 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm Reply

    Outstanding post with amazing home interior ideas. Especially I like your advice " Be frugal at first". It will help first time home buyers to stay on budget.

  2. Sarah
    November 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply

    Sticking to a neutral colour palette can feel rather dull for a new renovation; after all, you've invested a lot of money in your own vision for your house. Yet saleability has to be at the front of homeowners' minds – you never know what might happen. Whilst the colour of the walls might not be a dealbreaker for viewers, it may mean they're less likely to be able to imagine your home with their possessions in. And when it comes to selling, it's those feelings which inform a lot of potential buyers.

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