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The Best Decorating Advice for a Pinterest-Worthy New Home

Jun 11, 2019 | Amanda Spurgeon

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You’ve finally moved into your dream home and now it’s time to make it your own. Home decor is personal, so whether you’re looking to recreate 2019’s hottest dome decor trends or design your own Pinterest-worthy space, it’s important to take some time for self-reflection before maxing out your card at Home Goods.

Here’s our best advice to achieve a well-decorated home that fits your style for years and years.

Be patient

You’re probably really eager to start transforming your space, but don’t rush into it. Think about your personal style, design trends you like and color schemes you’ll want to live with.

Create mood boards for each room by scrolling Pinterest, reading design mags and home decor blogs. Make note of what you love and what you dislike. That way when you’re ready to start purchasing and painting you have a clear plan.

Take inventory

If you’ve been living on your own for awhile, you’ve likely built up an inventory of furniture, linens and decorations. But just because you moved them to your new place doesn’t mean you’re in love with them.

Take some time to review what you own and decide if it fits not only your personal taste, but the design and decor you want to have in your new home.

If you decide something won’t work in your new space, resist the urge to store it in the attic or basement “just in case.” On the fence about an item? Take a tip from Marie Kondo, and get rid of it if it doesn’t spark joy. Consider donating or selling the items you’re going to part with. If you choose to sell, save the money to purchase a replacement item that better fits your style.

Transform with paint

Painting is one of the easiest and most budget-friendly ways to transform a space.

Pinterest is a great place to find the year’s top color trends, but be careful not to go overboard. Choose colors that not only look good online, but work with your space and what you own.

If you’re really unsure, don’t be afraid to go neutral. After all, Sherwin Williams’ “Agreeable Gray” got its name for a reason. This will ensure you aren’t repainting in six months when the latest urban-farmhouse color palette goes out of style.

Add color with textiles

An easy way to brighten up a room and increase the cozy factor is by adding texture and color with rugs and throw pillows.

If you’re afraid of color, this is also a great way to experiment with bold and bright options you might not want for your couch.

Not only can you find these decorative pieces in just about every color and style, they’re relatively inexpensive to replace if your tastes change.

When you’re ready to start shopping for your new space, make sure you shop around and compare prices. Online retailers like Wayfair and Amazon often have at least one big annual sales and offer easy comparison charts to save you time and money. Even better? Many online retailers sell the same brand and products, so if you find something you like a simple Google search for the product name can help you find the best deal.

Plus, use your IHMVCU 1% Cash Back Credit Card to make the purchase and start earning cash back for your home decor fund.

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