You have a brand new home. A blank canvas. A lot of empty walls. Empty rooms. Where in the world does a person begin?
By: Molly Filipczak
When someone says to me, "I can't do this. I don't have an eye for decorating," I say, "Yes you can. You absolutely can."
Everybody knows what they like and what they don't like. And if you think you don't know, look at pictures on Pinterest or in magazines and you will discover you know more than you realize. You will likely be able to look at some finished rooms and be able to say, "Nope, that's not me." So that look is crossed off your style list. And then you'll find a picture of something-even if you can't put it into words-that draws you in and makes you want to pin it on Pinterest or tear the page out of the magazine. You'll know what you're drawn to and what you aren't, and that's as simple as it gets.
Once you have some ideas for style, these three steps will help alleviate overwhelm.
1. Furniture First
When I'm decorating a parade home, I'll look at the plan and figure out if I want two chairs and a couch. Or do I need a love seat and a couch or two love seats? Do I need a table here? I'll ask myself what I have to work with space-wise. Furniture and the big items need to be first, and then once you have the furniture picked and know what color that is going to be, then you're ready for the next step.
2. Add Accents
This is where the fun begins! Now that you have your big pieces in place, accents will fill in the gaps. Accents include blankets, pillows, candles, and such. This what adds color and interest to your home. I'm a big fan of putting accents in place and then standing back to look. I ask, "Is there something that's bugging me? Do we need something else? Is that working there?"
I've never once had everything I need or want for a home in one pass through. It's never like that. When I do a home, I take a load of things over with me, and then make several more trips as it all comes together. It is also important to know when to stop. Keep it simple and uncluttered.
3. Place Pictures
My clients will often look at their blank walls and say, "I don't have stuff to put on the walls." My advice is to just wait. Wait! I know, you want to decorate it right away, however, if you put stuff up just to put stuff up, you're not going to like it. You'll buy things you wish you hadn't bought. So, it's better to just wait.
Start with a few things. Find something you love, get that up, and then keep going. There's no rush. And just as with accents, it's important to know when to stop. You don't have to cover every wall with pictures.
You've got this! I know you can do it. Take your time and enjoy your home as a work of art in progress. When it's finished, you'll likely be ready for a décor update again!
C&M Home Builders and Real Estate is a family-owned Eau Claire real estate agency. Cody and Molly, the founders of C&M Real Estate, started their first business, C&M Home Builders, in 2005 and began building homes in the Eau Claire area. In 2011, they expanded their services to include Eau Claire realty and began C&M Real Estate.