Camberwell Victorian House: modern Living room by My Bespoke Room Ltd

14 things you MUST remember when decorating a first home!

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Moving into your first home is one of the most exciting milestones in life and whilst it's easy to get carried away at the start, we're here to make sure you don't.

We know you probably fancy yourself as a bit of an interior designer, but when it comes to creating a pretty, welcoming first home, sometimes it pays to be a little more cautious and a whole lot more patient. Don't worry, you can still have fun kitting out your kitchen and buying a bright sofa. We're just confident that by following our tips, you'll have more fun and funds to give your whole home the attention it needs!

1. Keep your walls neutral at the start! Bright colours will be a pain to change if you don't like them in a month or two

Camberwell Victorian House: modern Living room by My Bespoke Room Ltd
My Bespoke Room Ltd

Camberwell Victorian House

My Bespoke Room Ltd

2. Make a list of everything you absolutely need. This is not a wish list but a necessities list, which you can tick things off as you get them

Drop-Leaf Tablet Desk: minimalistic Study/office by Bee9
Bee9

Drop-Leaf Tablet Desk

Bee9

3. Allocate a budget. This can be per room or for your whole home, but keep it realistic and stay out of your overdraft!

Bisley Full Polished Double Ended Roll Top Cast Iron Bath: classic Bathroom by UK Architectural Antiques
UK Architectural Antiques

Bisley Full Polished Double Ended Roll Top Cast Iron Bath

UK Architectural Antiques

4. Don't go crazy and buy all your furniture in one hit as it will look too samey and like you simply picked everything from a catalogue

5. It doesn't pay to start planning any crazy DIY projects. There will be plenty of time for these later!

Klash Chairs: eclectic Dining room by Standrin
Standrin

Klash Chairs

Standrin

6. Never lose sight of your own unique and personal taste. Remember: this YOUR home!

Vipp kitchen: industrial Kitchen by Vipp
Vipp

Vipp kitchen

Vipp

7. Don't walk before you can run. Funky wallpaper might look great but it can be a nightmare to line up. Start with paint and work your way up

Amazonia Light Wallpaper:  Walls & flooring by Witch and Watchman
Witch and Watchman

Amazonia Light Wallpaper

Witch and Watchman

8. Invest in a beautiful, comfortable sofa that you know you'll love for years to come. You can always chuck on a throw later

ferm LIVING Image Photos: scandinavian Living room by ferm LIVING
ferm LIVING

ferm LIVING Image Photos

ferm LIVING

9. Don't scrimp when it comes to your bed and mattress! Back health is important so go with cheaper cutlery and crockery for now and give your back a treat

White, classic, scandinavian sleeping: scandinavian Bedroom by 99chairs
99chairs

White, classic, scandinavian sleeping

99chairs

10. Try to buy a wardrobe that can accommodate your shopping habits! There's no point buying a small rail to start with if you know it will be useless in a month's time

Appleby oak Wide Double Wardrobe: country Bedroom by The Cotswold Company
The Cotswold Company

Appleby oak Wide Double Wardrobe

The Cotswold Company

11. Don't go mad with the accessories straight away. Take your time to accumulate things that have meaning, slowly adding memories to your home instead of shop-bought aesthetics

Scandinavian  Cool: scandinavian Dining room by iDecorate Ltd
iDecorate Ltd

Scandinavian Cool

iDecorate Ltd

12. If you have little ones, make a plan to finish their rooms first so they have somewhere fun and engaging to retreat to. You can be patient!

KIDS TENT BEDROOM CABIN BED in Green: modern Nursery/kid's room by Cuckooland
Cuckooland

KIDS TENT BEDROOM CABIN BED in Green

Cuckooland

13. If you plan to work or study at home, keep your space simple and focused. At least to begin with. Establish function first and style later!

Desks & Office: modern Study/office by RetroLicious Ltd
RetroLicious Ltd

Desks & Office

RetroLicious Ltd

14. Take a deep breath and accept that the task of decorating a home is never really finished. You'll always have new ideas and styles that you want to explore…

English Rose_Purple Haze:  Walls & flooring by Knots Rugs
Knots Rugs

English Rose_Purple Haze

Knots Rugs

For more first home advice, take a look at this Ideabook: Top 10—The Best First Homes in the UK!

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Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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