You’ve finally bought your new home, and now it’s time to stock it with the furniture to make it feel like home. But where do you even begin? With so many different types of furniture out there, making the final decision can be tough, especially if you don’t have any furniture shopping experience under your belt. Here are five tips to help you find the perfect set of furniture for your home that will make you feel right at home from the moment you bring it into your new living room or bedroom.
1) Go Minimalist
Studies have shown that less is more when it comes to selecting furniture for your home. A minimalist approach will go a long way towards creating a space you can love for years to come and feel free to change as often as you like. Think about which elements of your home give you joy and go from there. If that means ditching all knick-knacks, so be it. It’s not easy to pare down, but in time you’ll find yourself appreciating every element of your home.
2) Utilize Small Space Furniture
I’m always saying that design is all about proportion, and small space living means you need to think proportionally. Which means, among other things, opting for furniture with a lot of small-space-friendly functions. This can be achieved by taking a look at foldaway furniture (in some cases also referred to as stool or tables) as well as easy stacking solutions when purchasing your home furnishings.
3) Use Unique Accent Pieces
Using unique, interesting accent pieces can help you create an inviting and comfortable interior space. When you’re shopping for furniture, try to buy as many things that are different from each other as possible. It’s often easiest to stick with accent pieces when decorating your living room or bedroom; armchairs, side tables and coffee tables are a great place to start. Try buying two chairs in different colors or styles than two matching ones—or pick up a fun ottoman with a bright pattern on it.
Accessorizing is an affordable way to make your current home interior look completely different. There are a variety of pieces that can be purchased separately, like new throw pillows, artwork and rugs. Go online to see what’s available or take a trip to local stores to check out their selection. Once you find something that catches your eye, incorporate it into your space and you may find yourself enjoying your room even more than you did before.
5) Pick Neutral Colors
It’s easy to get lost in a sea of patterns and bright colors, but unless you have a specific design scheme in mind, stay away from busy patterns and make sure your furniture has some form of neutral color. The reason for this is simple—you want to be able to easily swap out one piece for another. If your couch is red, you may have trouble finding other items that fit with it. Stick with neutrals so you can mix and match pieces as needed.