If you’re a member of the military or a veteran, you understand constant moves are part of the process. Because of the every-two-to-three-year change in duty stations, many military families wait until retirement or ETS before buying a house. When the time finally comes to purchase your first home, it’s a significant milestone because it gives your family a sense of stability.
Whether you purchase a home while still serving or wait until you’re out, buying a home is a great accomplishment, and decorating is part of the reward.
Although decorating a home is exciting, for some decorating an empty house may be overwhelming because it takes time and resources to make the home “yours.” Decorating your new home doesn’t have to be difficult – it can be a fun experience with the right mindset. Beautifying a home in your style and taste will make your home comfortable and inviting, ideal for starting a new life in your new place.
Here are some suggestions to start decorating your new home:
Let’s start in your old home
It’s time to get rid of those dusty fake plants, broken electronics and other random items that you’ve continued to pack but have not used in years. (Hint: pieces that display moving tags from two moves ago can go.) You may decide to hold a garage sale or sell the items online for extra money to buy things for your new home. You may also choose to donate some pieces to on-post consignments shops. Donating is a great way to give back!
Budget, budget, budget
Sticking to a budget is key to successfully making a house a home. If your budget is tight, keep in mind that this is your house, so you don’t have to rush to decorate the entire home at once. Start with the room where you’ll spend the most time, like the living room or kitchen. You may even decide to begin with the bedrooms. There are no rules; it’s your decision!
It’s all about color
When it comes to selecting a color scheme for your home, there are several approaches. Colors can coordinate with the flooring or a focal point like a piece of furniture or wall décor, or your colors can simply be colors that you enjoy. Choose neutral colors for dining tables, couches or other large pieces of furniture; then apply your color scheme on accent pieces like curtains, rugs and assorted pillows. This technique makes it easy to switch to new colors when you’re ready for a new look.
Know measurements of ceilings, doorways, and windows before you go shopping. These measurements will give you an idea of how pieces of furniture will look in the room (furniture looks smaller when placed in large rooms with high ceilings).
Something old, something new
Those items you kept from your old place may fit perfectly with your new pieces or pieces you found at the thrift store while donating your other items. Don’t be afraid to mix vintage with modern; it adds more personality to your home!
Just relax and have fun
Your first home may not be your last, so enjoy it. Don’t stress out! Just have fun in choosing what looks best in your home and what’s most comfortable for your family.
Let us help you secure your dreams of homeownership. You’ve earned it.