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Home & Garden

Tips for decorating your new home

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You’ve finally found your dream home, secured financing, closed on the deal, and you’re ready to move in. Or maybe you’ve already moved in.

So, how can you decorate this new home of yours? Whether it’s your first or your fourth, decorating is always exciting. As in selling a home, always start with curb appeal. Paint your front door a bright color and repair or replace an aging screen door, says This Old House.

Paint a room, or several, and use neutral colors like beige and gray, that allow you to get creative with your decor, then arrange your living room and family room furniture into settings including sofa and chairs facing each other with a coffee table in the middle. It’s not necessary to buy new furnishings. Just rearranging in a new place can make your old furniture take on a new look. However, it may be necessary to buy a few new pieces to fit in with your new surroundings. HGTV recommends living in your new house at least two months before making any significant purchases.

This Old House also recommends placing a mirror in every room to reflect light and brighten the room. However, don’t place them across from a window because the light won’t reflect into the room, but right back out.

Hang pictures but make sure they’re to scale with your furniture and placed in cohesive groups, rather than randomly. Hang them about two inches apart with the middle of the picture at eye level, advises This Old House.

Paint outdated fixtures and cabinets and add new hardware and install new switchplate and outlet covers.

Buy new bedding and window treatments, and, if you can spring for it, a new bed to go with your new home, making sure it fits the room, and your taste, says HGTV.

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