Hope and excitement of making your new home yours is one of the best feelings. Colors, schemes and personal style flood the mind like a raging sea once the keys are transferred. With so many rooms the possibilities are endless and so are the dangers!
How easy it is to consider each room an island, a palette, a separate entity from the rest of the home. One room shouts of collegiate loyalty while the other whispers of weekends at the beach. Regardless of the temptations to express your every personality, every desire and every favorite color, step away from the rainbow carpet. Step away.
Whether you are determined to remain in your domicile until the pine box is prepared or you know it is a temporary residence; mindful decorating will benefit you greatly if you do have to sell, rent or hand down your home.
Disclaimer*** I am not a professional stager. I am not an interior designer. I have been in hundreds of homes; I know wrong when I see it.***
Tips to Avoid Disastrous Décor in your New Home
1. Flooring- It is a necessity but you don’t have to make it match your fingernail polish. It is imperative that flooring flow throughout the home with consistency. Having different colored carpet in each room may seem like a good idea, but I can assure you it isn’t. Running the gamut from wood, to ceramic, to carpet, to cork is not advised. Have the flooring match in all common areas (living area, dining area, and foyer) and save the Crayola creativity for throw pillows. It is expected to have different types of flooring, but too many colors, too many textures can lead to too many headaches and confusion for your guests as well as potential buyers.
2. Themes- There are still some lovely souls who feel compelled to have themes for their domains. I have seen horse covered wallpaper that leads directly to cow covered crown molding. If expressing your inner country-ness is a necessity, do so in linens, pillows, strategically placed trinkets but please leave the walls alone. Times change and so will your theme, make it easy on yourself by keeping themes to objects that are easily exchanged.
3. Fabulous Florals- There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Trust me. Hanging faux evergreen vines from every ceiling fan, every mirror and every door in your home may not be the best idea. If faux florals are the cream to your cupcake, restrict your garden delights to side tables, floor plants and centerpieces. Having too much greenery can often give the feel of confusion and jungle inspired chaos. Not to mention it gets dusty, and yes it requires actual dusting.
Of course these are just a few tips I have gleaned from years of home visitation. Personalizing your home is a thing of beauty and should be enjoyed to the fullest. There are exceptions to the overboard rule, teens, infants and artists have every right to specialize their space to meet their specific tastes. Just as a general rule, keep flooring, colors and basic décor consistent throughout so that your home is a place of comfort, peace and contentment.
Again, I am not a self-proclaimed domestic goddess and I am fairly certain Martha Stewart and I were not separated at birth; however, my experience walking through hundreds of homes has shown that décor matters.