We’re in the process of decided what furnishings to keep, what new furnishings to buy and what goes where for our new house. While it’s a really fun process for me (not so much for JR), it is work and requires a lot of decisions. Important keys I’ve discovered over the years are measuring your space and not buying too much before you’ve lived in the space for a bit. Luckily there are some easy fixes anyone can start with – check out this list:

5 Easy Fixes To Help Dress Up Your New Place

“Blank Space” isn’t just the title of Taylor Swift’s hit 2014 song – it’s also what you’re likely to see when you get your keys, swing open the front door of the new house you’ve bought and take a look around. There’s a lot of room to fill, and decorating-wise, you’re essentially given an entirely new canvas to work with. That can be exciting, but also a bit intimidating if you’re not sure where to start. To help get you started, here are a few things to consider buying first.

Beige. Light blue. Bright yellow. No matter what kind of design taste you have, the various colors that you can choose to paint your walls with are endless. Wall colors go a long way in giving each room a mood, and certain colors can even make rooms appear larger or smaller. Before you move in, decide which rooms you’d like to paint and the palette you’re going for, and then go shopping. If you’re looking for inspiration based on the latest trends, check out Poised Taupe, Byzantine Blue and Cloudberry, the recent 2017 paint colors of the year according to several paint companies.  Once you’ve gotten the right paints and supplies, dive in. Keep in mind that things will go a lot smoother if you move in your furniture after you’ve already painted.

Wall Décor
You should love where you live, and that means surrounding yourself with décor that you love. You’ll have plenty of time to dress up each room the way you like, but you can get started by focusing on central pieces for certain areas, like your living room. If you like paintings or photography, you can order all kinds of inexpensive prints online and have them framed. Or consider hanging “non-traditional” art, such as an antique map, a colorful silk scarf or maybe a vintage sign. Your options are a varied as your interests, so use your imagination to explore unique wall art. Pinterest is a great starting point to begin exploring ideas.

A Comfy Sofa
Whether you’re planning on doing a lot of at-home entertaining with friends or just want a comfortable place to watch Netflix and veg out, a good sofa is a great investment. Plus, it can make a great spot to rest when you’re ready to take a break from all that unpacking. Buying a new house is the perfect time to buy, especially since you might finally have space in your living room to upgrade to a nice sectional or an oversized sofa. Our friends at Good Housekeeping put together a handy guide to help you choose a sofa that will last.

New Lighting
Proper lighting can brighten up any room in a house. If you’re not a fan of the light fixtures that came with your house, invest in new ones. From chandeliers to wall sconces, there all kinds of styles and designs to choose from. If you’re looking for a quick, simple way to help your new home feel cozy and welcoming, buy standing or table lamps. Visit HGTVto shed some more light on lamp and lighting decorating ideas.

Plants and Flowers
In addition to adding a breath of fresh air to your new abode, placing some plants and flowers around the house can add a nice touch of color. Snake plants, spider plants and lucky bamboo are just a few examples of some inexpensive and low maintenance options. If your thumb is blacker than green, here’s a tip: choose plants with big, waxy leaves. They are typically hardier and will thrive in a corner of a room without much care, as long as it has a little bit of light. Or if flowers are more your style, pick up some of your favorites from your local grocery store, place them in a vase, and voila! – Instant, elegant décor.

If you’re thinking about buying a new home or renovating the one you currently own, contact a PrimeLending home loan expert to learn about your home loan options.

from the PrimeLending blog by Sarah Crandall