This Blog entry is a modified version of my article for Good House Keeping Magazine Philippines
Your First Home: Design 101
In between planning your wedding and starting your fairytale life comes designing your first home. Every newlywed will benefit from having their own space. Be it a modest flat or your dream house with a pool and garden, planning it together has been proven to be fulfilling and fun. Most people don’t know where to begin, and may actually put this off until after the wedding, however coming home to your own private space will be worth every effort. With these simple steps you can design and arrange your own home while planning your wedding.
Something old can be your own treasure
You may have furniture from your old home that you can take with you, or your family may have items to pass on. Keep in mind that pieces can always be re painted, and altered to fit your new area. A sofa can look new by changing its upholstery to a plain textured modern fabric. Knowing what pieces you already have will help you plan and save on what you don’t really need to buy. Whatever furniture you decide to keep must of course match new items you will purchase.
Start with the biggest pieces of your home
The easiest way to get the design process going is by acquiring the large pieces first. These are most of the time the most needed in a home. Buy a sofa, dining set, and bed. Smaller furniture like side tables, consoles, and shelves should come after, so that you know what spaces to fill. A great way to ease you into space planning is to get overall dimensions of each furniture piece. Mark them onto your actual floor with tape or chalk so you can visualize and see if it fits. Location and angles can then be repositioned depending on how much space is required.
Storage, something every home cannot live without
Although everyone must learn the art of tasteful restraint when accumulating items, storage will always be a necessity. Be aware of dead space, nooks, and corners that you can turn into a closet, or chest. All you will need is wood and a few hinges to build closet doors and conceal it. You can be creative by making it look like a part of your wall, or highlight it with contrasting materials to build a focal point. Buy furniture with drawers, or shelves, and invest in space saving fixtures like corner carousel shelves for hard to reach areas.
Spruce up your home with color
There can be many ways of adding color to a home. Artwork, linen, as well as accessories all give a punch of color but nothing spices up a room like wall paint. Though neutral colors work best, you can experiment by adding accent walls or focal points. Re enforce that color by adding accessories like jars and throw pillows with the same shade or tone in them. Computerized paint mixing stations found in home depots and mall hard ware stores make it easier to select colors and even paint your own walls.
Sentimental Art Work and Photographs Make the Home
A great and inexpensive way to decorate your home is to use your own family portraits and artwork. Having them printed and framed is a great way to re live those memories. Be it a grouping of pictures, or a collage of items from your wedding day, creativity will certainly bring satisfaction as long as your artwork is according to proper proportion and location.
Happy home decorating newly weds!