How to Make Your House a Home

You found your block of land and your builder has done an amazing job on the house! Now that you have officially got the keys too, it's time to try your hand at some interior design to make that house into your very own home!

But how do you pick the right furniture to fill it? Check out our home decorating tips below.

Call in the experts
Hands up who’s got a fresh mortgage to contend with? If so, you might not be able to afford to hire an interior decorator to deck out your home. But did you know that some big name furniture stores offer free consulting services? Naturally, they will suggest that you buy their brand’s pieces, but they are also trained professionals who will have some great suggestions on what to look for if you simply don’t know where to begin. There are also many online styling services that are free or inexpensive which are just a quick Google search away.

Steal that style
Love a room you’ve seen in the pages of a magazine? Shamelessly copy it - nobody will know! The trick is to not try to locate the exact same pieces so that you end up with a look that’s uniquely yours. Look for the three main elements of each piece of furniture or decor that stands out to you. This could be the design era, style, colour, material, texture, size, shape or a specific accent detail. Best of all, you can search for items within your budget and possibly even find pieces that you prefer personally.

Add colour
Unless you’re confident with bold colours, consider keeping the palette of your rooms simple. One way is to buy your larger or more expensive pieces in neutral colours - so black, whites, greys, soft browns, creams, even navy – and add pops of colour with accessories like throw rugs, cushions, picture frames and planters. It’s much easier to return smaller items if you make a mistake or to upgrade them if you ever feel like refreshing the room. Alternatively, you could think tonally. Include lots of pieces in a similar, but not the exact same shade of a single colour that you love. Remember, if you stick to one colour palette throughout the house – rather than switching it up room by room - the space will not only flow better, but you can also more easily move furniture and decor around.

Size does matter
Masking tape and measuring tape are your best friends when trying to figure out if a certain piece will fit into a given space or what sized furniture you should be shopping for. Leave more room than you think you’ll need. Even though an item technically fits, will you have enough room to move around the piece? What if you’re carrying shopping bags? Do any other objects need to be moved past it often? Can people comfortably stretch their legs out when multiple seats are occupied at once?

If you are still looking for the perfect place to call home, get in touch with our friendly sales team on 0427 308 543.

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