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Decorating can be extremely stressful, especially when you don’t even know where to start. I just came across a super helpful blog post that gives great tips to decorate, and I wanted to share her knowledge with all of you!

Create a Mood Board

A mood board is simply a collection of pictures, swatches, paint samples, tile samples and sketches that draw together the ideas you have for your design. Do one for each room and move bits around to to experiment with style combinations before you settle on your final look, and keep you mood boards to hand once your decorating gets underway to keep you on track.

Introduce Color

Choose wisely, make sure you plan how you’re going to use your color before you buy your paint, wallpaper or tiles. Re-decorating can be costly and time consuming, you don’t want to sit back at the end of your efforts and regret certain choices. If you can, create tester patches on the wall using color or a few tiles before deciding for sure and taking the plunge. Ideally, select a color or pattern that will unify your furniture and create synchronicity with your furnishings.

Introduce Texture

When using block colors in larger spaces, adding texture can add extra dimension to your decorating. You can achieve this by experimenting with brush strokes, wallpaper or tiles on your walls, but also by adding soft furnishings. Simply adding a throw or cushion to your sofas and chairs can lift a room, as well as accessories such as glass bowls, vases and even books.

Wood Tones

To keep your wood decor from getting out of control, follow a basic rule: no more than three different wood stains in one room. If you have particular pieces of furniture you’re just dying to fit in, you can always re-stain to change their hue, or better still lay new wooden flooring that matches the tone.

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Furniture Arrangement

The natural tendency is to use the lines of your walls to arrange furniture, but this may not be practical, and can make your living space feel more like awaiting room than a home. Try and think of ways to arrange upholstered items differently, making them a more engaging part of the space.

Living room
Accessorizing is the Key

Accent pieces are the key to any design, but it is easy to get carried away when buying them. Yet you may be surprised about how many accent pieces you already have in your home, from old fruit bowls to statuettes and lamps. You might be able to give an old piece a new lease of life by bringing it into the heart of the room.

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Enjoy the Process

This is your first home, so decorating it shouldn’t feel like work. Enjoy what you’re doing and don’t feel rushed to finish–inspiration can hit us at any time.So while you shouldn’t let projects drag unnecessarily, finding the perfect finishing touches should be an enjoyable journey of discovery.

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