When you make the move into a new house, you might find yourself with much more room than you’re accustomed to. This is a wonderful thing! But it can also be overwhelming if you haven’t furnished the space.
Furniture and decor can account for thousands of dollars of investment. It can also take a lot of time and effort to get things just how you want them. Here are some tips to help you thoughtfully furnish your home:
Budget from the Beginning
While you might take into account the cost of a new furnace in an older home for a few thousands dollars, you probably never thought to allocate a few thousand more to furniture for the new place. If you want to get the place looking beautiful and full right away, it will cost some money, and so you’ll want to keep that in mind while you’re moving funds around.
Pick a Style
Before you get started buying your furniture, consider some pre-planning. People spend months determining which style they’ll use to decorate the living room. Now, you don’t have to know all of the philosophy behind design in order to know what feels good to you, so don’t get overwhelmed by this. You also don’t have to stick to just one style. No one’s going to call you out for having a Bauhaus cabinet in a farmhouse-style living room (well… probably not.)
You’ll get a better idea of what you want if you do some shopping around first. We recommend getting a magazine like Better Homes & Garden, Dwell, Veranda, Architectural Digest, or House Beautiful. Take a look at the various rooms inside and see which ones speak to you the most. Here are just three of the most popular interior styles and their defining characteristics. However, there are dozens of different styles out there, along with unique mash-ups, evolutions, and fusions. Go explore!
- Modern: Modern interiors prioritize sleek design and open spaces. Usually, the furniture is fairly minimal and utilitarian, fully embracing the use of modern materials like vinyl or glass.
- Farmhouse: This style is persistently popular, allowing for quaint details in a homey atmosphere. Farmhouse style usually features a winnowed-down version of traditional lines, along with rustic details and natural materials.
- Traditional: Traditional interiors are fun to play with when you have a budget for antique, well-made items. Traditional rooms are more likely to have scrollwork, gracious upholstery, and luxurious comfort.
Use Inexpensive Placeholder Furniture
If you add up your living room, dining room, bedrooms, and den, you might find yourself totally overwhelmed with the cost of nice furniture. Don’t fret! You don’t need to get it all now. Pace yourself instead.
In the meantime, if you hate the blank un-lived-in spaces, get some temporary furniture. This might mean shopping around with furniture rental services, or it might just mean looking around on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or garage sales for cheap gently-used furniture that you can use until you find the perfect permanent piece.
Ask about Staged Furniture
If your home’s seller or realtor had the house staged when you looked at it, then the way it was decorated might have contributed in significant ways to why you loved the house. You might want to see if you can contact the person who staged the home to get some details on the items. Often, the furniture is available for purchase, but even if it isn’t you can learn the style and designer in order to find similar items yourself.