It’s an exciting time: You just moved into your new house and now you want to make it unique, to imprint your own personality on your home.
There’s a wonderful feeling that ownership provides, that comes with having the keys in your hand, walking in the front door and knowing it’s all yours. Congratulations!
Now you’re ready to make that home look exactly the way you want it to.
Some new homeowners jump into that right away, before their furniture has been moved in, while others are more cautious and wait a bit, knowing they can always start on their home decorating after they’ve done some homework on what they want most.
Some new owners understand exactly what they want their new property to look like, others hold off. They might be unsure of what approach to take and are looking for ideas. They also might be concerned about their budget and what it might cost to make their new home really stand out.
Here are three things to keep in mind. First, there are a lot of great Do It Yourself projects that can be done simply, and that don’t require expensive professionals.
Second, these can be terrific projects for the entire family to work on together.
And third, don’t worry about budget busting. You can save a ton of money and let your creative juices flow freely.
Summer and fall are the ideal time to launch interior and exterior projects that can add a lot of value to your home and make it look fantastic.
But how do you distinguish between the projects you can handle yourself, and the ones best left to the professionals?
Glad you asked.
There’s a lot of rewards to be found in DIY projects, from the money you save to the sense of accomplishment you’re going to feel as you start transforming your living space into something truly special.
The bottom line is there are plenty of ways to do simple, easy, but effective tasks that make home decorating a fun experience for everyone.
What Can Be Done to the Outside of Your Home?
As the old adage notes, a book can get judged by its cover, which is why you want your home to catch people’s attention as they drive by.
And some creative landscaping work goes a long way.
Step outside your house and think about what you love: a garden? Lawn furniture that’s strategically placed? Unique outdoor decorations? You have a lot of great options to explore.
A particularly fun project is landscaping work that can end up looking truly stunning over time, and it’s an ideal summer outdoor decorating project. Experts will tell you it’s one of the biggest improvements adding value to your property. And landscaping can be one of the least expensive projects to undertake.
For example, you might want to consider strategically planting some trees. This is also a great idea if you want to reduce your cooling costs, since those fully-grown trees will do a better job of shading your home.
This kind of landscaping also adds valuable curb appeal to your home. In the Tampa Bay area, it’s also a smart idea to remember that Florida has both a dry and rainy season and when you’re at your local garden center, ask about plants that are native to the region and drought-tolerant, requiring less water and maintenance.
That’s going to help your landscaping efforts in the long run.
Be creative. Add some color to your planters. Buy an edger and use it often.
The work you do is going to tell your neighbors that you take pride in your home and neighborhood, it can make your home stand out, and best of all — it’s easy to do.
Another good project: remember that summer is about outdoor living spaces. Turn your backyard into a great place for summer days and nights with outdoor barbecues, something that brings added comfort and fun to your home.
What Can You Do Inside Your Home?
If you just moved into your new home and you’re not sure how you want to start decorating it, a great way to come up with ideas is to get some advice from a pro.
Contact a local Realtor. Typically, they’re very happy to take a tour of your home and offer insights on what it needs, what would add to your home’s appeal, and the best ways to go about doing it.
Realtors are generally happy to make new connections and build their client base, and chances are they have a sure sense of what makes a new home look stunning.
So why not use them as a resource? Ask away about everything from paint colors to furniture placement to lawn improvements. Pick their brain for creative ideas.
One idea that’s becoming more popular in the U.S. — and which is common in Europe, and has been for years — is to include little gardens throughout your house to make the rooms feel bigger and improve air quality and ventilation.
So why not bring a little international flavor to your home with some indoor gardens?
Another fun weekend project is to get creative with your drawer space once the furniture is moved in. You can have them outfitted by adding a power strip, so a desk drawer can also serve as a charging dock and daily organizer for cell phones, music players, and other electronics.
Another is to give your ceilings a special look with colorful paint while also keeping the trim white, which can create a bold visual effect.
You could also consider placing a ceiling medallion around a fan or light fixture to add some visual flair. Decorative ceiling medallions can be found is all shapes, sizes, and styles.
It’s also easy to create extra storage with easy-to-assemble kits for bookcases or shelving. A cabinet/open shelving combination is great for display spaces.
Those are just some home decorating ideas, but there are certainly a lot more.
What About Energy Efficiency?
Once you move in, you’re going to have a lot to do when it comes to finding the decorating ideas that fit your vision for the home. But another issue to think about is something practical: energy efficiency.
If you want to reduce your energy costs, there’s plenty you can do. Don’t assume that what you start out spending for energy at your new home is a fixed amount.
Check with your local utility provider to see if they offer free energy audits of their customers’ homes; if so, let them show you how to maximize the energy efficiency of your house.
That’s going to save you money in the long run.
If you don’t already have them, a good investment would be to install energy efficient windows, which help you conserve energy by keeping heat in or out of the house. In some instances, installing energy efficient windows also lets you qualify for an energy tax credit.
Another smart idea is to install a water filtration system in your kitchen, which purifies your water and helps save you some money as well. It’s also an inexpensive addition to your kitchen.
There’s a lot of fun DIY projects for your family to tackle in the summer and fall. From outdoor to indoor, there’s plenty of creative things you can do. Home decorating is one of the most exciting things about being a new homeowner.
And think about the pride you’re going to have during the holiday season when the extended family and friends arrive to visit, and get to see what you’ve done with your home.
These renovations are going to make your home more enjoyable in the summer – and all year round — while also adding value.
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