Decorating your new home

For some people, decorating is an absolute joy. For others it is merely a necessity.

Whatever your take on decorating your new home, it is vital that you get it right. It would be a shame to invest in a new property but then fail to show it off to its full potential.

The main thing to remember is that decorating should be fun. Honestly.

Whatever your motivation for decorating, the point is that it needs to look good. However, we all have different budgets, style, properties and life demands so it is not a case of ‘one size fits all’.

Read below for top tips on how to decorate your new home, decorating on a budget, reusing what you already have to make a whole new impact, last-minute decorating and decorating in style - no expense spared!

Work with your builders
Of course, your new home doesn’t need to be all magnolia and white when you move in. Housebuilders naturally tend to go for these neutral colours when decorating a house ready for its first occupiers – but it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you reserve your new home early enough – before the builders have bought the paint, tiles, kitchen units and other things they will use in your house – it is often possible to specify more colourful decoration that suits your own style. Even if your builder doesn’t highlight these options during your purchase discussions, it is worth asking.

At Larkfleet Homes we have a range of options. If you are thinking of buying your new home from us, ask your sales adviser for details.

Some builders may be prepared to take on more adventurous decorating projects (such as wallpapering) although they may charge you for it. Others will not do more than the basic painting but they may be happy for you to either do the job yourself or arrange for a professional decorator to do it before you move in. The key, again, is to ask – as early as possible.

Decorating your new home
Even if your new home is decorated in neutral colours when you move in, it will be clean and fresh. In some cases, you may just wish to add a few ‘extras’ such as colourful cushions and scattered throws. However, if you want to add a little more individuality to your new home, you might want to consider decorating it to show off your own style.

The first thing you need to do once you have made the decision to decorate your new home is make a list. This list should include all the things you currently own and all the things you will need to buy such as paint brushes!

Once you have your list ready, set a budget so you know exactly what you are working with. It will be easy to get carried away - which is great if you can afford to. However, if you are on a budget, you won’t want to be left with any last-minute spending. 

Do your planning one room at a time and make sure you know your room dimensions. 

Now you are ready for the fun part of actually decorating your new home.

You will find plenty of top tips online and we would recommend you start with Homebase for advice on the practical side of decorating such as what paint is best to use and how to apply it for a perfect look.

It is best to think about how you want to feel in each room. Some people might opt for a more mellow feel in the bedroom whilst others might want it to be a place of rejuvenation. Think carefully about the colours you choose as colour has a bigger impact on our moods than you may realise.

You will also need to think about soft furnishings and lightning. Pinterest is a wonderful website full of creative ideas. You will need an account but once you have signed up (it’s free) you can start to explore design ideas that will make your home as individual as you are. 

Decorating on a budget
The word ‘budget’ is never one that makes home-owners feel too great but it is a word that they use a lot. When decorating on a budget, please remember that you really don’t need to spend a fortune to make your home look like a million dollars. In fact, many bloggers now make a decent living repeating this mantra!

Set a budget and stick to it. Budgeting is fun and it can be a real buzz when you realise how well you have managed to transform your home whilst saving some pennies too.

If you shop around, you will be surprised at how cheaply you can pick up some gems. If you take your snobby hat off for one minute, you might even consider supermarkets for those cutesy extras. They have upped their game in recent years and you will be surprised what stylish secrets you can find. Sometimes you might even find that you only need to make a few small changes such as throws, pictures and mirrors to transform a room.

Reuse, recycle but look brand new!
Reusing “old” stuff to look brand new is now a super trend and not just amongst those on a budget. It really ticks the box for the environmentally friendly and creative individuals amongst us.

Some people might look at a worn chest of drawers and want to throw them out whilst others might see it as an opportunity to get arty and messy and create a totally unique piece of furniture.

This website is full of cool and inspirational ideas that will help you make the old look new again.

Last-minute decorating
In an ideal world, we would all be living life like extras in an inspirational M&S advert but that is not reality. Sometimes your kids might go a bit crazy with the pen, your in-laws have decided to pay you a last-minute visit or you have had a room ruined by some other disaster. If this happens to you, the best thing to do is relax and take stock of the situation.

Remember, you can only do what you can do! Depending on the scale of this issue, you might want to find a reputable decorator that can fix the problem. Unless you are an expert and you need to rush your decorating, then call in a professional. Rated People is a really good website that will help you find the right person for the job.  

Decorating in style – no expense spared!
If you are lucky enough to be in the position where the sky is the limit when it comes to financing your decorating then you can have some serious fun.

Firstly, if your budget allows it, and we are presuming it does as you are reading this section, why not hire an interior designer to take care of things! Houzz is a really good website for inspirational interior ideas and you will also find a list of recommended home design and renovation professionals.

If you enjoy decorating and want to take ownership of the project, you will not be short of blogs, websites and magazines which will help you on your new home mission. Keeping up with current trends has never been easier and if you are the creative type, you can even start your own trends!

Start with Ideal Home – a great source for all things homely and for top decorating trends. Simply type it into Google and start your fun search!