Decorating Your First Home

House or apartment, townhome or condo, it's time to carve out your own space!

So you’re at that stage in your life when you’re opening the door to your brand-new home. It’s a chance to fill your space with furniture that reflects your unique personality.

 

How do you choose furniture, decorate, and style your brand new space? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Whether you are moving into your first apartment or your brand-new house, furnishing your home can be smooth, fun, and stress-free.

 

Living with roommates or growing up in your family’s home may not have afforded you the same kind of freedom you gain by venturing out on your own. While decorating can feel daunting at times, taking this step with your living space is a great opportunity to elevate your style and set the stage for this next chapter in your life.

 

Setting up your new living space is such a great way of showcasing your individual taste.

Express Your Freedom through Color

 

One of the best ways to start that creative process is deciding on a color palette. It can be easy to default to white walls and neutrals that feel safe, but the color of a space can really impact the mood and energy of a room.

 

The living room, for instance, is typically a place in the home where people gather and things can get a bit more lively.

 

Who wants a snooze fest when you’ve got friends over?

 

Getting a base of color in this room is a solid place to start exploring the use of color in your home. If painting the entire room feels like too much, getting color on even one wall creates depth and dimension and can help step up your design.

 

Choose a color family to start with and then try using pops of complementary colors to get the room looking like it was styled by a pro.

If you go with blue tones as your base, oranges and golden yellows are a great choice for accents.

The Bedroom

 

Another area to focus on is the room in your home you probably spend the most time in. You may not always be awake while you’re there but hopefully you’re using it at least a good 6-8 hours a night!

 

In the same way that adding color to your living room can affect the mood, how you style your bedroom is a great way to improve your ability to feel calm and recharge. Restless nights are the worst, using tonal colors and some good organization can change everything.

Where you sleep is the space in your home where you really want the vibe to feel the most relaxed. Subdued hues and minimal clutter help to deliver a more soothing environment.
Where you sleep is the space in your home where you really want the vibe to feel the most relaxed. Subdued hues and minimal clutter help to deliver a more soothing environment.

You’d be surprised what adding some greenery to your bedroom can do. There are mixed reviews on whether or not it’s a good idea to have plants in an area that you sleep, but bringing in natural elements to your bedroom can add serenity and help you destress.

 

Air purification? Yes, please.

 

Try using easy maintenance, low light plants that are known to purify the air like Sansevieria (Snake Plant) or Chlorophytum (Spider Plant).

Kitchen Basics

 

We all know where the heart of the home is, right? (It’s where the food is.) How ready are you to host your friends in your new place?!

 

Even if you’re more of an order in and watch Top Chef type of person than a Julia Child protege, having some essential decor in the kitchen and dining room can sure make you feel like a dinner party pro.

 

Another place for setting the mood through color, the dining room is the perfect spot for rich jewel tones. Try using purple and violet or deep greens, darker hues can help a room feel cozy and warm.

 

 

Pattern may be too busy for some areas of the home but can be a great focal point. It works really nicely in a room where you'll be entertaining friends and family with good food and conversation.
Pattern may be too busy for some areas of the home but can be a great focal point. It works really nicely in a room where you'll be entertaining friends and family with good food and conversation.

Bar carts are a great multi-use tool to have on hand. They can add some sophistication to your decor and are a great way to navigate hosting friends from the living room, to the dining room, and even your outdoor spaces.

Kitchen islands or servers, even in the smallest spaces, are amazing for storing kitchen tools or as an area to prep meals. From large to small, check out some of these options that help add great functionality to your kitchen.

While decorating your entire home all at once can seem like a good idea, focusing on just a few key areas at first will be much easier (and more relaxing!). With the Living Room, Bedroom, and Dining areas taken care of, you can live pretty comfortably while taking more time to find solutions for the other rooms in your home.

 

Work with decor for any additional spaces in your home, by using the styles and colors from the rooms you’ve already tackled. Once you get started the process gets easier as you go, and don’t forget, Rooms To Go is the expert when it comes to having predesigned Living, Dining, and Bedroom sets. Choosing a set can really take the guesswork out of styling and save you tons of time when you’ve got a whole new home to take care of.