it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process.
written by ALYSSA CLOUGH
You found your dream home, so what now? Beginning the design process can feel extremely overwhelming—and for good reason. These are big decisions you’re making! But it doesn’t have to be that stressful. Designing your home is supposed to be fun, remember? Keep reading to learn the first three steps to creating your new space.
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Now that all of the hard stuff is out of the way, it’s time to start browsing your favorite shops as well as new spots. Keyword: Browsing, not buying. It’s important to see everything that is available and compare prices between your options, as opposed to buying the first thing you see. If you have time, stop by stores in person. If you’re more rushed, check their websites first. If you’re not finding what you’re looking for, consider DIY-ing it (like these affordable, oversized art projects!).
Not sure what shops to start browsing? Check our lists of affordable places to find things for your kitchen andfurnishings for your living room. Looking to places like IKEA, Target, Wayfair, and Home Goods are no-brainers, but online destinations like Urban Outfitters also have great options. (Here are our favorite inexpensive furniture shops. You’re welcome.) Buying second hand is also getting easier and easier, thanks to these online marketplaces.
MAKE DECISIONS AND TAKE ACTION.
You’ve done the research and now it’s time to take action! Decide on the official colors of your new walls, purchase the items that will anchor your space (whether it be a statement sofa or small piece of artwork that inspired the entire space), and get to actually decorating!
Remember, there is no pressure to finish decorating your space immediately. Designing a new home is a process and is not meant to be conquered all at once. Hopefully, your space will be ever evolving with new accessories and artwork.