How to decorate a new house?
• Adelaide, Australia
13 Aug 10
Well done on your purchase :-) To save a lot of money, the best way is to get together with someone who has done this sort of thing successfully before, so they can give you reliable advice throughout the process. If you're going it alone, it's not impossible, but motivating yourself may prove more difficult than you first imagined. The rewards of a beautiful & completed home that you can sell for an amazing profit are great indeed. In contrast, if you fail to finish the job, you may end up selling at a loss. You also have something tangible that you can show your friends, family & present or future partner that says "this is me". This is a really worthwhile way to spend your time & you can look back on it with pride (as can others) in years to come. I actually paid for the services of an interior decorator, builder, architect & landscaper & had it all done on computer for around $10000. Then I had to throw it all away after I got married. We've been renovating night & day for the past three years & there's still so much work to be done. I guess the golden rule is to measure twice & cut once, as the saying goes. Houses & their standards are much different to China here, so whatever international advice you get, you may have to adapt, judge its importance or skip altogether as appropriate. The way we did it was to get into a routine with the daily & weekly maintenance & then work on the tiling, then painting inside & outside, built a deck, raised a shade sail, landscaped the garden & that's where we're up to now. Go for quality, using the best methods, materials & tools available. Hope this helps :-)
• United States
13 Aug 10
Congratulations on acquiring a new home! First of all, I'd start thinking about what I already had decoration wise and go from there. Do you have knick knacks that seem to take on a general theme, maybe you have a lot of figurines... Maybe you have a lot of fake flowers, or stuffed animals. Use what you have to decorate the rooms and then go from there. Look at thrift stores for neat knick knacks, you can get some great, affordable decor there sometimes. If the house needs painting but you don't want to spend too much on paint consider painting two rooms the same color. You could paint the bathrooms the same color, or the spare bedrooms the same color if you'd like. Check yard sales for newer paint (don't get any that looks like it's been sitting in someone's garage for 20 years). and even decorations. Ask family and friends if they have anything they're wanting to get rid of that you might be able to utilize in your home. Do one room at a time, and go from there. I hope this helps! My husband and I don't have our own place yet but we already know what our theme will be, we're going to have a western theme. We already have a lot of boots, and stuff like that that would go with the theme of the house.
• United States
26 Sep 10
Plan everything out, start by creating a list of tasks that you feel the house needs, create a budget for yourself, shop around for the best prices on homedepot.com, lowes.com etc, take a couple days, maybe a day or two, to finish each task, depending how complicated the project is. As long as your dedicated to getting the job done, you should be finished in no time:)
13 Aug 10
I have done quite a lot of decorating in my time, and here are my best tips: - Don't rush into anything. It is more important that everything turns out like you want it to, than that you get it done fast. So think each decision through carefully, even if it means that it will take longer for you to finish. - There are a lot of great decorating blogs and websites online. Take some time to study these, both for tutorials and to get inspired. - Don't be scared to be personal when it comes to your house. Let it express who you are, it is always the best way to always feel at home in your new home, and it will make the house more beautiful too. - Make a budget, and stick to it!