How To: Furnish your first Home

Furnishing your Home, your way!

Congratulations! You are now a proud Homeowner! The best part? You can hammer a nail into the wall without consequence.. what could be better!

Other than moving in and dealing with heaps of boxes, you now have the opportunity to think about the type of space that you want to live in.

Whether you are solo, with a partner and/or with children, it is very important to make your house feel like a Home.

Here are some factors to consider when you are researching interior design for your Home.

Style

Depending on your individual likeness to a specific style, you can design a Home to that overall theme while adding your own unique takes. There are several different “styles” that have become popularized more and more over the years while others remain a classic.

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Modern; refers to a simple-feel interior house.

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This includes:

  • a neat colour scheme (white, grey, black)
  • symmetry (evenly space furniture, coordinating tiles, etc.)
  • cleanliness (open-concept areas, real/plastic plants, etc.)
  • simplicity (not too much decor, no flashy accessories, etc.)

Photo Credit: Real Estate

Industrial; refers to a warehouse-feel interior house.

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This includes:

  • exposed brick/wooden furniture pieces
  • unique light fixtures (metal) 
  • natural lighting (windows, skylight, etc.) 
  • conceptual pieces w/ colour (pictures, appliances, etc.) 

Photo Credit: Housublime

Contemporary; refers to a 20th-century feel interior house.

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This includes:

  • curvy patterned accessories (pillows, rugs, etc.)
  • warm colour combinations (auburns, yellows, browns, etc.)
  • blending rooms together (living room to kitchen) 
  • large furniture for visitors (L-shaped couches, love seats, etc.) 

Photo: William Waldron

Bohemian; refers to an eclectic-feel interior house.

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This includes:

  • globally influenced pieces (rugs, light fixtures, etc.)
  • intricate, lively patterns with bright colours
  • mismatched accessories 
  • a "clunkier" feel within the room (numerous items) 

Photo Credit: Ricardo Labougle

Rustic; refers to an outdoor-feel interior house.

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This includes:

  • utilizing raw elements (wood, metal and stone)
  • higher ceilings
  • warm lighting (fireplaces, light fixtures, etc.) 
  • lack of flashy colours; muted colour scheme (browns, greys and blacks)

Photo Credit: Elle Design | Kara Ladd

Vintage; refers to a timeless-feel interior house.

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This includes:

  • “old school” furnishes (chairs, tables, curtains, etc.)
  • adding unique antiques 
  • vintage designs (80's, Victorian, etc.)

Photo Credit: Miguel Nacianceno

Of course these pictures are just for inspiration. We all can't live in lavish Homes.

Is there an interior style that you gravitate toward? Tell us in the comments below! 

Organization 

While you're sorting through those boxes, consider what items need to stay and which ones need to go. Tired of that old coffee table with the stains and wobbly leg? Toss it! Have an extra lamp that you don't need? Donate it!

Do not feel the need to keep all your decor just because it had a place at your old apartment, house, townhouse, etc. 

 Here are three categories to implement when sorting your stuff:

  • Keep
  • Throw Away
  • Donate

Thrift

Sometimes the best items are secondhand. There are other options to look into that aren't just thrift stores such as...

  • Consignment shops
  • Online (Kijjiji, eBay, Craigslist, etc.)
  • Garage sales
  • Estate sales 
  • Auctions

 Make sure each item is well-kept and equipped with all the necessary parts.

(ex.) Rooster Kettle

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Photo Credit: eBay

This kettle is a great find on eBay! 

Do-It-Yourself (DIY)

Want to make your house your Home? Look online for ways to personalize your Home without breaking the bank.

Mod Podge Puzzle

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Photo Credit: Yellow Octopus

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This a great activity to do with the kids. All you need is:

  • A puzzle (small/medium size) 
  • Wax paper
  • Mod Podge® glue
  • Paint brush
  • Sponge
  • Hot glue gun
  • Foam board
  • Command strips

Steps:

First Part:

  1. Complete the puzzle.
  2. After the puzzle is finished, slide a layer of wax paper underneath the puzzle. *The wax paper is used to make sure the puzzle doesn't stick to the surface*
  3. Dip your paint brush into the Mod Podge and begin to brush the glue from side to side over the surface of the puzzle. * Use the sponge to smudge streaks caused by the paint brush*
  4. Allow the first coat to dry. Give it around 15-20 minutes.

Second Part: 

  1. Flip the puzzle and apply another coat. Allow to dry 15-20 minutes. 
  2. Apply another coat to both sides of the puzzle. Allow to dry 20 minutes.
  3. Hot glue the foam board to the back of the puzzle. (Adult supervision required!) 
  4. Apply Command strips to the backside of foam board. 
  5. Hang the puzzle for all your family and friends to see!

The Spruce also have many fun DIY projects to dive into. 

Simply Ask

You never know what a simple favour can do for you. Whether you post on Facebook, Instagram or ask a friend, you might get lucky and find someone willing to give you their old furniture or decor items for free. 

Tip! It is well-received to be a thankful recipient and acknowledge their generosity by paying for delivery, making them a thank-you card, having them over for dinner once you've moved in, etc.

Feeling more confident about your interior designing!? Let us know in the comments about your tips and tricks to styling your Home.

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