Over 40% of Americans are considering moving to a new home. They’re willing to brave the dreaded task of filling up boxes with their belongings and taking a long drive to their new abode. The major question when they arrive is what to fill it with.
Furnishing a home is more than a necessity. It has psychological benefits such as improving your mood and making you feel safe and self-satisfied. That’s on top of the many benefits of sleeping on a cozy bed in a comfortable bedroom.
Read on to learn 4 tips to find beautiful furniture that fits your needs and style.
1. Assess Your Space and Inventory
When you walk into your home, what do you want it to look like? Write down what pieces, colors, and styles you prefer.
Create a detailed floor plan with exact measurements of the walls and ceilings. Account for the placement of doors, windows, walls, vents, and lighting.
Look at what you already have before you buy anything new. Determine what fits your style and what you want to keep, donate, or discard.
Furniture ideas can also come from what you already have. Try repainting an old table or rolling out an old rug to spruce up your carpet. You can even work your design around existing statement pieces.
Start with the most essential pieces of home furniture. When you make your first trip to the furniture store, only get the essentials such as a bed, table, and sofa.
Once your space is livable, you can start buying furniture that makes it comfortable and fits your style. You may even want to bring in a bit of decor.
Prioritizing the rooms is also important. Only tackle one at a time, and start with high-traffic areas such as the kitchen or dining room.
3. Use Lighting and Color
Lighting fixtures are an important part of furnishing a home. Avoid blue bulbs and go for yellow ones instead to get a warmer light. You’ll also need window coverings for privacy and temperature control.
Keep the colors and textures of your furniture, floors, and walls consistent, and don’t use too many of them. Stick to neutrals such as beige or cream with a few pops of color throughout the house.
4. Schedule Your Delivery
Your furniture design scheme won’t come together if your pieces aren’t delivered at the same time. Use next-day delivery or apps so you can track when each piece arrives.
More Tips for Furnishing a Home
Furnishing a home to your liking has many psychological benefits. A bit of extra effort can turn it into a comfortable sanctuary.
Start by looking at what you already have. Measure every room to determine what can fit in them.
Prioritize what furniture you buy and when. Start with essential pieces. Fill one room at a time and begin with high-traffic areas.
Use lighting fixtures to brighten up the space, but keep most of the colors neutral. Carefully schedule your delivery so every piece arrives around the same time.
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