Moving into a new home is always a stressful process, especially because it currently stands as an empty shell. When looking around, you’re not sure how to bring it all together - the idea feels overwhelming right now. Even if you’ve had a full house viewing and have walked through every inch of your new home before, it can be difficult to come up with a cohesive layout. After all, you’re not used to the place yet and you’re not quite sure how your space is going to function. Indeed, most people give it a couple of months before they truly settle on a design, but if you want to get a jumpstart, we’ve got some tips below you should check out.
Make a Plan as Soon as Possible
If you already know you want to change a few things in the house, make a plan for this as soon as you can. If you want to invest in Kitchen and Bath Remodeling before you make any serious design changes, note this down, alongside your budget and the window of time you’ve got to work on this project.
You can then mark these areas off the decor list at the moment and come back to them later. Now that’s a real stress relief under the current circumstances! Leave these rooms alone until you’ve had the necessary work done, then come back to work with your new, refreshed space that has a foundation you can easily incorporate into your overall decor style.
Pinpoint the Highlights
On the other hand, if the home has features you love and don't want to change, aim to highlight these areas first of all. If there’s a vaulted ceiling in the kitchen, note that you want to keep it but also think of ways to highlight it - directional lighting could be a good choice here.
Similarly, if there’s original Victorian tile on the staircase, this may be one thing you want to incorporate into the decor layout, rather than carve out or cover up. A highlighted area acts as a guide, and essentially gives you a ‘wall’ to work around, which is much easier than trying to section out a blank piece of paper.
Get Your Own Photos on the Wall
If there’s a personal focal point in any room, you can build out from here. A big family portrait above a fireplace in the living room is a good example of this. You can then outline these with sofas on either side, with bookcases behind them.
Putting smaller pictures together in a collage as you go up the stairs is another. This will help you to decide where to hang coat hooks or hanging plants. As long as there’s something you know, recognize, and love on the wall, you’ll feel much better able to create a layout that works for you.
If you’ve just moved into a new home, don’t let all that space stress you out! A good layout is only a few pencil marks away.