Buying or leasing your first home is a milestone. Whether it’s a small apartment or a large house, it’s your residence. Yet it takes more than your signature on the paperwork to make that space feel like home. The bare walls and empty rooms of which you’ve taken ownership likely will need a lot of work before you can feel truly comfortable there.
It can be challenging to decorate on a budget. You’ll need to find furniture, area rugs and other accents that fit your style, personality and financial limitations. Fortunately, you can find ways to refresh your home even if times are tight. You just have to be smart about how you shop and learn a few tricks for cost-effective interior design. For instance, don’t underestimate the impact that color coordination can have on a room.
Even if you have to buy individual pieces of furniture from multiple sources, you can make them all fit more effectively by painting them matching colors. Estate sales and online retailers also offer opportunities for bargains if you’re willing to do the legwork. For even more tips to help you decorate smarter for your first home, see the accompanying infographic.
Author Bio: Shelley Alexanian is spokesperson for Alexanian, one of Canada’s most successful and versatile full-service flooring and window covering businesses. With several years of industry experience, Shelley is skilled at creating beautiful designs under a variety of budgets — she believes design is at the heart of everything.