5 Decorating Mistakes to Avoid in Your First Home

Posted: March, 18, 2016 | Categories: Communities | News | Design and Decorating
By Highland Homes

Master Bedroom For decorating success, plan your color scheme and use fun patterns as accents (Highland Homes’ Willow II with Loft model home).

One of the most exciting parts of building a new home is the ability to personalize it from the ground up to perfectly match your style and décor. Whether you have a favorite antique desk passed down through the family, or have your eye on the perfect new sofa, a little planning goes a long way when decorating to ensure your home matches your vision.

Our design studio manager and model decorator, Stacey Perez, offers the following tips of 5 mistakes to avoid when decorating your first home.

1. Don’t Rush the Process

Stop wasting your time settling for something you’re not wowed by. When starting any project, you may get the urge to hurry up and get it finished. Rushing through a project as big as decorating your Florida home can lead to disappointment, and wasted money and time.

Is saving money important? Don’t be afraid to wait for the next sale at your favorite furniture store, look for coupons, and take your time saving up the money to get exactly what you want. You deserve the best, and big items like furniture are something that will be in your home for many years! Try to have patience and research your major furniture purchases before you start buying.

2. Don’t Forget to Plan Your Color Scheme

Figure out which colors work best with your major foundation pieces. If you are just starting out and buying furniture for your first home, match the color palette with your installed cabinets, countertops and flooring. There are free websites and apps such as ColorPalettes.net to help you come up with a color scheme for your new home.

The 60-30-10 rule is a timeless decorating rule of thumb. To keep any one color from overwhelming, choose one main color for 60% of your room. This is used on big spaces like walls, area rugs, perhaps a sofa, and serves as a backdrop for the accents you are going to add. 30% is your secondary color, typically your draperies, linens, painted furniture, etc. It should be used half as much as your main color. Lastly, 10% of a color in your room should be accents — throw pillows, artwork, candles, etc.

If you don’t have much of an idea as to the colors you plan to add, start with neutrals for your 60% base, then add your secondary and accent colors later in the game.

Stacey Perez says, “One of the biggest mistakes I made in my first home is that I liked the color red at the time so I went out and bought everything in red, from the Keurig to rugs. In my second home I decided to do more neutral colors and had to get rid of a lot of the red pieces and start over. Try not overdoing it with one color because you may change your mind.쳌

3. Don’t Paint without Testing it Out

Paint can be very tricky. It looks different on every surface and in every light. Many factors come in to play on the outcome of your paint color but the two main things to consider is how much natural light a room will get and what other colors are you putting with it.

“I used the exact same gray paint in my son’s room and in my daughter’s room. In my daughter’s it looks like a taupe and in my son’s it is more of a blue gray. This all came from the same paint can,쳌 says Stacey Perez.

Before painting, always bring home a paint sample to look at in your lighting, and we suggest you try a small area before you decide to paint an entire room. Or, talk to a local paint or design professional. They will know what the paint will look like under different types of light and different conditions. Lastly, let the paint dry! Paint usually dries a shade lighter so don’t panic half-way through your painting process when you see a color darker than expected.

Speaking of dark, a great way to add a vivid or dark color to a rooms décor is painting an accent wall.

4. Don’t Shy Away from Patterns

Adding a pattern can really spice up your décor and add personality. With a neutral scheme for your main pieces like sofas and beds, play with patterns on items like accent pillows, window treatments, and rugs. If you get tired of those patterns, these accent items won’t break your bank to replace.

Chevron and floral prints are trendy right now but don’t overdo it! Trends change as often as your taste so a little bit goes a long way. Try starting out with small items of patterned décor and see how they play in the overall feeling in your home!

5. Don’t Hesitate to Get Your Hands Dirty

Pinterest is an amazing way to find a unique DIY decor idea and make it your own. When you see something you like, try researching how easy it may be to make it on your own. Check out thrift stores and clearance sections to find metal and wood décor that can easily be painted to match your scheme. Look in your home and make a pile of old items and see if any of those items can be repurposed or painted to make something brand new!

“I have metal sconces in my home that started out black, then were painted green and now are blue. Not only did they switch colors but they have switched to several different rooms in my home as my style has evolved,쳌 says Stacey.

Decorating your new home should be a fun and expressive experience. Be creative, set your palette, have patience, test your paints, and play around when you are decorating your new Florida home.

Looking for more home decorating ideas? Check out our Pinterest boards for an abundance of decorating tips, tricks, and techniques!

For even more design inspiration, visit a professionally designed and decorated Highland Homes model home in Florida. Contact us to schedule a time to visit your favorite Highland Homes community, meet with a New Home Specialist, and start planning the new home of your dreams.


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