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Decorating Your Space for the Very First Time

Congratulations! You've just purchased the first home of your own. Or maybe you're moving into an apartment or condo. Whatever your living quarters, you want it to look nice, feel nice and be a great place to live that you really like coming home to. The utilities are hooked up, the refrigerator is stocked, the boxes are unpacked, and the Internet is hooked up. On to the decorating!

Designing your interior to create a living space that says “you” appears daunting at first. After all, there are professionals who will do it for you, so it must be difficult! But it’s not, once you break it down into manageable pieces and do a little reading up.

Here is some easy reading that will get you up to speed fast and help you personalize and decorate your living space.

Getting Started with Home Décor

Read up on the basics and learn how to figure out what kind of home décor works for you and your family. This series of articles contains great tips on finding your style, planning home décor projects, and designing for real life. You can find these articles at

Choosing Your Colors

Now that you're getting the hang of it, it's time to decide on a color scheme. You can do that first, and choose furniture and accessories that match. Of course if you have some furniture, or you know what furniture you intend to buy, you'll want to match the color scheme to the furniture, rather than the other way around. But you have to start somewhere, so here's a great resource on picking interior color schemes.

Painting Basics

Once you've picked the colors, it's time to shop for paint, and maybe a painter too. Of course, if you're decorating your first home or apartment, you might want – or need – to make painting a do it your own self project.

Furniture Arrangements

Unless your domicile is a pop-up tent, it's not complete without furniture. Maybe you have some pieces, or the beginning of a collection, or you're sitting in your living room on a folding chair and all you have is a bed. What you need is some basic pieces that you can grow with and add to over time. But before that, how about some help in understanding what makes a good combination of furniture for a particular room.

Buying Furniture

Now let's consider how to think through buying specific pieces of furniture for the living room, dining room, home office and bedroom. Here are some articles that expand out into detail treatments of sofas, dining room sets, beds and futons, office chairs and even setting up that home entertainment center you've always wanted.

Home Décor Accents: The Finishing Touches

With the basics in place you’re ready to consider the finishing touches that will make your design really “pop”. You can build from the ground up with your rugs, throw in an accent wall, or arrange your tsotchkes and occasional pieces in ways that amp up the statement your decor makes.

Basic Renovation Challenges

Have you heard the saying "If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all"? Perhaps your brand new home or condo needs a bit of renovation to set the stage for the home design you want. And, as luck has it, your name isn't Bob Vila! You could go to his website and see if he has a custom solution for your renovation challenge. And if Bob is not your Uncle, you could always try the fine folks at the DIY Network.

Choosing Flooring

Carpeting, hardwood floors, vinyl, tile: which medium suits your home best? Which do you have time and budget for? Whether you’re looking for eco-friendly designs or budget-conscious options, these flooring guides demystify today’s wide range of choices.

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