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  • Furnishing a New Home

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    Moving into a new place can be exhausting. Not only are there a billion things to do, but there’s also the question of equipping yourself with the bare essentials to make it habitable. However, a new home is also a fresh start, the beginning of a new chapter, and for many, the harbinger of good things to come. The process of furnishing it need not be very harrowing. It can be made enjoyable by taking your time and planning it step by step.

    When decorating a new home, it’s tempting to use your credit card and buy everything in sight. However, doing this will simply result in impulse buying and may even raise your chances of ruining your credit rating. Instead, you could visit stores to identify pieces that you like, but stave off buying too much at once. When buying furniture piece by piece, you can bring a unique touch to your home by creating a blend of styles that showcase your taste and personality. You can also organize your ideas by creating a checklist for the same.

    It’s understandable to be stretched to your financial limit when you’ve bought a new home. If you add the cost of home decorating to that, the numbers go pretty high. Following are some tips if you’re looking to decorate your home on a budget.

    Essentials Versus Luxuries
    When you’re on a tight budget, you may want to rank furniture items in order of importance. What you need immediately as opposed to what you can do without for a while. For instance, you may be able to do without a bed for a bit, but a mattress or a couch would probably feature on an essential list. It all depends on an individual’s priorities. Hence, the list varies greatly from person to person. Identify these must-haves and get them promptly. Remember, fewer the items you can live with, the better are your chances of saving up for nicer pieces later.

    Garage Sales/Second Hand Stores
    You may be surprised at the treasures you come across at yard sales and second hand stores, so don’t simply dismiss this option. However, it will need patience. You may have to go through several garage sales before you find a piece that truly appeals to you. It’s also easy to get attracted to bargains when you’re on a budget, so try to make out whether you are attracted to the price or the product. If it’s the former, don’t buy it. Deals are great, but when you’re looking for furniture pieces, it’s better to buy one that you really like as opposed to one that’s low-priced. You can also refurbish an old piece of furniture to give it a new lease of life, saving you a bit in the bargain.

    Use Accessories
    Accessories can be a boon to someone furnishing a new home on a budget. They can add color and style to a given space at a fraction of the cost of a piece of furniture. Rugs, throws, cushions, and knickknacks can completely transform a room, and the best part is that you can change these according to your mood.

    When moving into a new home, some planning and visualization needs to be done before you begin to decorate and furnish the place. Simply purchasing new items without giving a thought to how they will look can make your house look disorganized, mismatched, and cluttered. Given below are some tips for the same.

    Make a Floor Plan
    It helps to a great degree if you can visualize your room before you start with your purchases. Allocating space to pieces that will be in the room, like a sofa in the living room or a desk in your study, will save you from purchasing a piece of furniture that’s too big or too small. Issuing a mental space to what you buy will also prevent cluttering, so make sure that you take measurements with a tape measure, draw diagrams, take notes, and write down the dimensions. A floor plan might open up newer and better ways to place your furniture when you put down your ideas.

    Identify a Style
    When looking for home decorating ideas, keep in mind that you’re setting up for the long haul. So don’t be afraid to deviate from the current trends and identify your own style. Read and do your research on home decorating tips so that you feel prepared and have a plan of action. It’s always best to decorate a new home in a way that appeals to you personally, since it is you that’s going to be spending the most time in it.

    Get Creative
    There’s no place like your own home for unleashing your creative side, and no better place to showcase it. It may be difficult to do this if you’re living with others, or if either you or they are unsure about experimenting. Hence, choose a small space and make it your own. If you have kids, discuss ideas for their rooms with them, and encourage them to be creative as well. Take your time to look through magazines and periodicals for ideas on interior decorating.

    Finally and most importantly, enjoy yourself. Don’t let the multitude of options bewilder you, or the enormity of the task at hand overwhelm you. Furnishing your new abode can be as exhilarating as you choose to make it.

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  • Mediterranean Furniture Style

    The Mediterranean influence can be seen in most interior designing themes and the best way to do it is to opt for Mediterranean style of furniture. The Mediterranean style of decorating is inspired from Mediterranean architecture from certain regions of the world like Italy, south of France, Tuscany, Spain, Greece and Morocco. The Mediterranean style of furniture is neither overly ornate like Victorian and Edwardian furniture nor is it very minimalistic in design. It is a unique combination of rustic as well as exotic design which goes very well with both cottage style house or modern and contemporary apartment. The main feature of Mediterranean furniture design and style is that they are short in stature, i.e. they are built very low to the ground. Since Mediterranean furniture style is such a broad term and different regions of the Mediterranean comes with different designs and styles in furniture, here we will try to explain them in detail.

    Mediterranean Furniture Design and Styles

    The most popular style of Mediterranean furniture comes from the Tuscan region in central Italy. The Tuscan region is well-known for its famous artists and landscapes and it has an old-world charm. Rustic furniture in solid wood are the hallmarks of this region.

    Bedroom Furniture
    For Mediterranean bedroom furniture styles, a four-poster low bed in dark wood is a must. Since stone or brick floors are a part of Mediterranean style, wood furniture in sturdy and rugged design goes well with it. To incorporate this style in your home, you should invest in low but solid wooden furniture and furnish it with colors like teal, orange and chocolate. Earthy tones of brown and rust are also good furnishing colors when you are decorating your house in the Mediterranean style.

    Dining Room Furniture
    No Mediterranean interior design is complete without good Mediterranean dining room furniture. The dining room should exude warmth and should be rustic and inviting. Furniture in the dining room should be rustic, heavy and use different design elements. A big wooden top dining table with simple wrought iron chairs are great for incorporating a Mediterranean theme in your house. A hand painted sideboard in dark wood is also a must-have piece of Mediterranean furniture in the dining room. Use mosaic art, terracotta utensils and stained glass lamps to create the right ambiance in the dining room.

    Living Room Furniture
    Low, soft couches in off white or pristine white is a must have furniture piece in Mediterranean style decorating. This simple piece of furniture can be jazzed up by the use of a colorful cushion and throws in colors such as azure blue, gold, copper, olive green and orange. Colors are the most important element of Mediterranean furniture styles. These colors will bring out the Mediterranean decor theme in your house. Two or more materials are often combined in Mediterranean styles like wood and wrought iron. Wood and wrought iron furniture pieces are most often seen in coffee tables, bookcases and center tables as Mediterranean living room furniture. This combination of different materials in furniture helps to give the living room a very casual and serene atmosphere.

    Outdoor Furniture
    Wrought iron furniture which is often combined with tiny mosaic pieces are great choice for Mediterranean outdoor furniture. You can also opt for low rattan furniture, furnished with white and azure blue cushions for the patio. A wrought iron center table is also perfect for the patio. To complete the Mediterranean theme, decorate the patio with potted plants in large terracotta pots and hanging flower baskets in wrought iron holders.

    Another style of Mediterranean furniture that is very popular is hand painted furniture. This is mostly seen as Moroccan influence in Mediterranean furniture and has a very old-world and rustic appeal. Mediterranean furniture style can best be described as rustic yet chic. Mediterranean style furniture should immediately bring to mind images of the sea, open spaces and azure sky. Mediterranean decorating ideas are of course just not limited to furniture. You can create a unique Mediterranean theme in your home by using pottery, colorful rugs, tiles and artifacts. The list is limitless, but just keep in mind that less is more when it comes to decorating your home in Mediterranean style.

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