Ten Quick Design Tips for New Homeowners

Congratulations, you’ve just purchased your first home! While becoming a new homeowner should be exhilarating, often times, it can feel overwhelming. Knowing where to start when it comes to design can be intimidating. Between HGTV and Martha Stewart Living, there is an unlimited supply of advice on household must-haves, trendy color schemes, and the hottest appliances. This list of design tips by Caayu will help you get it right the first time, so you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying.

1. Prioritizing is imperative. The initial focus should be on large-scale items like flooring, wall cladding, carpets, etc. After the structure and foundation of your home is solid, you can focus on aesthetics.

2. When scouting an interior designer, be sure to do your research. Ask friends and family members for references, word-of-mouth goes a long way. Trust your instinct, design magazines like House & Garden can offer homeowners beautiful design ideas on the cheap.

3. Come up with a detailed design plan. Break down the design story room-by-room so you and your design team have a workable blueprint.

4. Budget, budget, budget. Don’t shop for your home without having a financial plan in place. Go discount digging, deals are out there.

5. Neutral colors are a safe bet for new homeowners who may opt to change their design style in a few years.

6. DIY projects are fun ways to save money. Old dresser drawers can turn into bathroom storage with a little imagination. Shelving and artwork are simply opportunities to cut costs and add a personal and unique touch to your home decor. YouTube is a great source for how-to design tutorials.

7. Don’t forget about quality. While saving is exciting, remember, you get what you pay for. Department stores like Ikea offer high-quality home appliances and design products at reasonable prices.

8. Unused nooks and crannies can become newfound storage space. Also, closet organizing systems are worth every penny.

9. Stainless steel appliances are timeless and perfect for both contemporary and traditional kitchen styles

10. Don’t take everyone’s advice. Stick to your guns and your thought-out design plan. Mistakes will me made, but you’ll learn to appreciate them for the memories they create.