Moving to a new home can be a tedious experience, but it can also be one of the most exciting. This is a chance at a fresh start, and an opportunity to make your new abode the place you are happy to call home. Decorating possibilities are endless when you start with a clean slate, no matter the size of your living spaces. Make your new humble home yours with these tips on brightening and expanding the different areas in your new house.
Before you make the big move, give the rooms in your home a clean slate with a fresh coat of paint. Light colors such as off-white, beige, and even subtle grays can open up a space, and offer a neutral backdrop to accommodate various home furnishings. If you’re not in the market to do a complete home makeover, this simple step will allow for your existing furniture to fit in well, and create a bright atmosphere that makes the room feel larger. Cooler shades like blues and greens are other options, and are the perfect shades to complement North Fork living.
Less Is More
Over the years we accumulate precious mementos from our lives. Family photos, heirlooms passed down from parents and grandparents (which we later pass down to our own children and grandchildren), knickknacks, and more serve as fond reminders of days past. While these are things we long to hold onto, they can take up a great deal of space, making rooms feel small and cluttered. Keep spaces open and free by utilizing furniture that can often double as storage. Trunks and ottomans as coffee tables are a great way to tuck away these treasures, along with dressers that can serve as chic TV stands in the living room.
Adorning the walls in your home with large art prints or mirrors can do wonders to open up a space. Mirrors placed on walls adjacent to windows can brighten up a room and add more natural light, and reflect the cool tones of the painted walls as well. Just a couple of these strategically placed items can make a big statement, so choose one large piece of artwork as opposed to several smaller pieces. Give the illusion of higher ceilings with floor-length curtains regardless of window size. Choose these window fixtures within your light color palette to give the feeling of the easy breezy summer days we love on the North Fork.
New Furniture Style
Modern pieces are trending in interior design, and work well in both large and small spaces. Give your living room an airy look with raised furniture such as accent chairs with longer legs in light colors. Glass dining tables give the appearance of more space than there actually is, and are easy to clean. A good bed frame is multifunctional in that it makes the room look larger the higher off of the floor it is, and will also give you additional storage space. Keep it light and bright here too by sticking with shades of cream, pastels, and other cool colors.
There are an abundance of family-owned antique shops, furniture stores, home improvement options on the East End of Long Island to help you create the cozy home of your dreams. Keep these fun yet simple steps in mind when decorating your new home, and add touches of personality with your favorite accessories and furnishings. Welcome home!
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