Secrets for Arranging Your New Home

Published on Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Secrets for Arranging Your New Home It's always fun and exciting to move to a new home, but before your new house can become a "home," a lot of things have yet to be done. The tips below will help you fix up your new place so you can relax and enjoy your new home as soon as possible, without undue stress and worries.   1. Study floor plans. Before you even decide to get rid of your furniture or buy new ones, check the floor plans of your new home to be able to plan which items can go where. Take measurements for furniture and compare these against the floor plans to check if they are too small or too big to keep.   2. Let your kids help. Allow your children's personalities to shine through and get them to decorate their own rooms. You can even give them a certain budget to work on and let them choose furniture, paint and other items.   3. Add life to rooms with colour. You can liven up a dull, lifeless room by painting one wall a bright colour such as yellow or green. You can also add pop to a room by using a piece of brightly coloured furniture, such as a red lamp or a cheerful painting.    4. Use photos instead of paintings. To make your new house have a more homey feel, print out large photos of you and your family, frame them and hang them in your living room and in your kids' bedrooms.   5. Create a good flow in each room. Decide what activities will be done in each room and arrange furniture around those activities. From the kitchen to the dining room, for instance, there should be a clear walkway from the stove to the table and the preparation area to the stove. Likewise, your CD stand should be beside your player and your DVD collection should be beside your entertainment system.   6. Choose a focal point. The focal point is where your eye will be drawn to immediately once you enter the room. A nicely arranged bed with elegant sheets, for example, can be the focal point of your bedroom, whilst an interesting vase or sculpture can be the focal point in your living room.   You don't have to hire a professional interior designer to transform your new house into a stylish home. All you need is a little creativity and the six tips above to make your new house as elegant as those seen in magasines.