7 DECORATING TIPS FOR YOUR HOME
We have read about the benefits of the Costa Cálida and have decided to move here. Knowing the advantages of new builds over second hand properties, we decided to buy a beautiful house facing the sea, with breathtaking views. Wonderful!
Here and now our new life begins.
But, wait a minute… The house has exquisite finishes, but it is still a set of walls with a floor and a roof. How can we turn it into something living and welcoming that represents us? How can we turn a building into our home?
In this article we are going to review some of the best tips when it comes to decorating a home, from the beginning to the end, as if we were deciding which image to capture on a canvas.
An analogy that is not far from reality.
DON’T RUSH TO BUY
Before you spend a single penny, research decorating websites and look for ideas on places like Pinterest. Not only will you save time, but you might just stumble across that style that you didn’t know existed and that represents you. But beware: you may find an eye-catching trend that you want to incorporate but which, over time, becomes tired or non-functional. Don’t forget that you are building a home, not a decor. At this stage the most important thing is to accumulate ideas that fit into a set that you feel comfortable with.
When it comes to decorating and furnishing a home, you have to be realistic. You may love having a giant 100-seater sofa to invite 99 friends over. But on a day-to-day basis, is that sofa functional? If you are a very social person who will always have guests over, create a space for those gatherings, but don’t let those gatherings take away from your living space. In the end, you are the one who will be spending most of your time in the house. Think about the routines you have and what furniture and décor can fit into them. Don’t get carried away with special occasions and consider your day-to-day life.
TAKE AN INVENTORY
Everything you would like to have that fits your lifestyle and your home space. Don’t leave anything out yet. Write down items without fear. This step is like a birthday letter: I want it all! If you like, to make the next step easier, create a notation that reflects your priority for each item. This will make it easier to eliminate them later.
STICK TO A BUDGET
Now comes the moment of reality. Determine the budget you’re going to have. Compare it to the total price of the list – can you afford it? Great! If not, don’t worry. Remember that we’ve listed everything we liked without looking at anything else. Eliminate the items that can wait. And don’t forget the second-hand market. You can find stuff that will drive you crazy. Plus, an antique or worn touch can add a dash of originality to your design.
DESIGN WITH A HEAD
Now it’s time to get to work. First of all, get an eraser and a pencil. Now, make a drawing of the house, from above, as if it were a blueprint, and play with the elements that have survived the previous sifting. Create spaces and vary the elements by drawing them as closely as possible to the real thing. Not convinced? Remember the eraser and try something else, without forgetting that we are looking for functionality. Leave space for your day-to-day life. And, something very important: make the most of natural light. You will get a more beautiful and cosy home without having to spend half a budget on lamps.
ILLUMINATES THE COLOURS
Do you already have a detailed plan of your new home? Perfect! Now it’s time to choose the colours and lighting. This step is very personal, as everyone has their own preferences and what one person loves may be horrifying to another. Be true to your taste. It might be good to take another look at sites like Pinterest for inspiration and to test out, in real life, combinations you have in your head. And remember: subtle lighting can create stunning effects.
Finally, and most importantly, don’t make your home look like a picture in a design magazine. Decoration and lighting can make your home an amazing place, but it is still a home. Give it your personal touch. Put up photos of your travels, of your family. Hang memories that remind you of times and people past and present. In short, make the work of art you have designed your own. And, above all, enjoy your new life, because you deserve it.
Be sure to take a look at the promotions that we currently have active. Duplexes, triplexes, bungalows, villas… The house you want is waiting for you on the Costa Blanca! All you need to do is come and make it yours with these tips we have given you.
If you have any questions, please contact us through the means indicated on this page. We will be delighted to help you.