A house doesn’t become a home until you put a personal stamp on the place. After the potential stress of buying a house, the real fun begins with decorating. Helpfully, our Pocket homes provide plenty of space and flexibility, whether you are buying furniture for your new home, picking out a specific living room rug or catching the eye with a statement art piece.
However, with various rooms and functions to consider, knowing where to start is far from easy. If the idea of how to furnish a new home gives you a headache, this guide could be useful for you.
Tips on furnishing a new home
Furnishing can be fun, but if you don’t have a plan, the cost to furnish a new home could end up being more than you bargained for. We recommend planning around the room that you will use most frequently and then basing your decorating on this foundation.
To begin, identify what each room will be used for and how much space it has, as this will make it easier to decide where to place furniture like tables and sofas. You may not have enough space in your kitchen for a Harry Potter-style dining table, but at least leave enough space for your guests to move freely.
When it comes to buying furniture, your best bet is to prioritise your most important items. It’s hard to imagine living in a house without a nice bed, dining table or sofa, for example, and investing most of your budget on these items will make sense in the long run. If you are looking to furnish your new home on a budget, there are also ways of reducing the burden on your wallet. You can look for good-quality second hand items on sites like Gumtree, or you can ask your friends and family if they have any furniture they no longer use – why pay through the nose when you can get some hidden gems for free?
Furnishing a new home checklist
Come dine with me
As a place where you and your friends will eat and discuss your lives, your dining table is one of the most crucial items to look out for. You will want to find something functional that fits all of your guests and something that looks visually appealing. As home life and work life become more intertwined, we recommend going for a dining table that fits multiple purposes, with dining chairs and colour tones for all occasions. There is also a growing trend towards rounded dining tables, which lend a sense of softness and relaxation to your surroundings.
If you are someone who likes to spend a lot of time in bed – we aren’t judging! – deciding on what type of bed to buy should be a high priority. Depending on how many people will use the bed, you will need to decide whether you want to go with a single or king size. The key word here is comfort, so explore the different pillows, mattresses and duvets available until you find the comfiest combination. If you want to sleep in style, consider getting a beautiful design for your headboard, a desk lamp to brighten up your surroundings or even a decorative pillow to compliment your bedside.
For nights spent watching your favourite TV, the living room will be the place to be. Start by buying a sofa that both catches the eye and guarantees maximum comfort. Velvet has emerged as one of the most popular and cosy materials for a sofa, and you can go for something more colourful and upbeat or a more relaxed colour tone. If you really want to impress, you can get a classical living room rug that provides comfort for your feet and a feast for the eyes.
Let there be light
If you’ve found beautiful furniture, why not compliment it with some stunning house lighting design? You can make your light fixture the focal point of any room by going for something truly bold and unique. Hanging ceiling lights can be striking in their own right, but you can also go for something more classic like a traditional lampshade or a stylish chandelier.
Framed wall art
To really top off a visually exciting interior, a piece of framed wall art can act as a great conversation starter for your friends and family. This is probably the last priority when it comes to furnishing your home, but if you choose the right piece, it can lend your home a sense of sophistication and personality.
These are just a few of the areas you need to think about when furnishing your new home, but the opportunities are endless. With the interior layouts provided by a Pocket home, you will have plenty of scope to live out your wildest interior dreams and create a home that you can proudly share with friends and family.