When you purchase your first home, you will probably feel a mix of excitement and anxiety. Home ownership comes with independence and freedom, but it also comes with heavy responsibilities of repair, as well as financial burdens.
Decorating your new space may not be on the top of your list of financial priorities, but it can really turn your new house into a cozy home. Remember that you will be entertaining friends and family in your home and it should really evoke a sense of comfort and warmth. Set yourself a budget for decor. If your budget is small but you have expensive taste, select a couple of key items to spend the most money on. These key items should make a big statement, such as a Charles Eames lounge chair in the living room. You can source many items from family, friends or the classified ads, but you will want a few new pieces that really stand out in a room.
You can integrate visually appealing pieces into your decor without spending too much. Check out the classified ads or an antique store to find high quality teak or maple coffee tables that really add a unique dimension to a room. High quality wood furniture is timeless and can be refinished so it looks new. Add a decorative centerpiece from a second hand store (perhaps a colorful bowl or pillar candlestick).
Don't spend all of your energy and money decorating the main living area. Bathrooms and kitchens need a few artistic touches too. In the bathroom, this can be as simple as investing in a set of high quality towels with an embroidered design. Seek out a matching shower curtain and bath mat, and you have updated your bathroom! A fresh coat of paint on the bathroom walls can make a huge difference too - pick a modern color and don't be afraid to be bold in your selection. Paint is easy enough to change.
Kitchens can be more of a challenge to decorate. Paint is usually the easiest and cheapest modification, but consider replacing an old white appliance with a new, energy efficient stainless steel appliance. Stainless steel is clean and classy and instantly upgrades the kitchen. Start with replacing just one appliance and then set aside money for the remaining appliances. You will be surprised at what a difference it makes in your kitchen.
You will take pride in your new home if you adapt it to your personality and taste. Decorating on a budget is possible with a little bit of skill and some savvy shopping!