So you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with and as you move into your new home all you can think about is how wonderful the future looks. Before you get swept away in marital bliss, it would be a good idea to think of how you will decorate your future home together. Most couples will enter into endless squabbles over decorating matters and how much to spend on the décor. In order to avoid any fights so early in your married life, follow these brilliant tips to make home decorating on a budget smooth sailing.
Learn to Compromise
While this may be advice that could be applied to any future problems in any marriage, it is especially useful when decorating your apartment together. One of you will have stronger feelings towards the décor of the home and the other will perhaps be more easy going. Learn how to find the balance between both your opinions and don’t make your partner throw away a beloved piece of furniture simply because you don’t like the way it looks. When it comes to decorating a home together, even more important that the budget is the shared respect for each other. A great way to compromise, for example, would be to display all your trophies or awards from work in your study and not the bedroom.
Dual Purpose Furniture
If you are decorating a smaller space, than furniture with storage will be great. For example, a box bed can help store your winter clothing while an ottoman with built-in storage will help store extra linen or extra pillows. Another addition that newlyweds must have is a sofa bed in a spare room or in the living room. When you have guests over, whether family members or friends who want to spend a weekend at your new home, you need to have a bed without necessarily devoting an entire room for guests and a sofa bed is great for this purpose. A sofa bed will also be great for those homes where a guest bedroom is not available, perhaps the extra room has been converted into a home office.
Remove Unsightly Items
A great way to give your living room a luxe feel while on a shoestring budget is to remove the vertical blinds. Replace blinds with nicer curtains for a simple yet effective change. While the posters you have been carrying around to every house since college are your dearest possessions, do not hang them in your marital home. Some things are better left in storage. By removing dated items, you will be able to better see what exactly you need to invest in for your new home. In the other hand, antiques can look great as centerpieces and for display in the living room.
Set Up Alerts
Home decor inevitably leads to online shopping and if you find something you absolutely love but cannot afford, set up an alert to inform you when the item goes on sale, or when the entire site is going on sale. This way you can be first to swoop in grab your favorite items. If you find that you are buying the bulk of your furniture or home supplies from one store, make sure you check out the brand’s reward system to see what sort of freebies they offer regular customers.
DIY – Power of Customization
Don’t underestimate your ability to customize items for decor in your home. After all, what is more personalized than something that you have created with your own hands. Customize items that you already own, such as an old table which you can paint, the wallpaper of your favorite bookshelf or even simply making some paintings and framing them for display. For a newly-wed couple that is decorating their home, there is nothing better than framing your wedding pictures for display, giving your home a personal touch without spending a lot of money.
Hunt for Beautiful Pieces
Garage sales are a great place to find rare pieces to display in your home which have no meaning for another home owner, but which you may find beautiful. Try arriving at the garage sale as soon as possible and look up all the garage sales that are happening in your area on the internet, using Craigslist, for example.
If you are working with a small budget, you can save money by buying simple larger items and getting some funky accessories. For example, you can save money by buying a simple sofa which you then accessorize with stunning pillows and throws. Alternatively, you can brighten up a dull corner of your home with beautiful curtains. Give your kitchen a vintage look by hanging vintage illustrations of food. Give your kitchen space an added creative touch by placing several small pots with herbs on the window sill. Brighten up your outdoor chairs by tying bright seat cushions to each chair. Accessories give you the power to really give a space your own personal touch.
Moving into and decorating your first home together as a newly married couple should be a joyous time, not one that requires hour long debates for each decorating decision. Your home should be a reflection of your personalities as a couple and as individuals. With these tips you are sure to get a home that is beautiful and which doesn’t break the bank.