Moving into a new home is the perfect time to finally get rid of those worn-out chairs and rugs and pick out some new items that match the home and lifestyle better. But what do you get and where do your start? Everyone will have their own styles and needs, but there are some items that seem to fit as “favorites” across the board. So keep reading to get some ideas of what you should buy when moving into a new home and click this link to read the full article.
An area rug
Sometimes all it takes is a single piece to make a room. In Christina Vercelletto‘s case, it was an area rug. Her husband wanted one under their dining table, but she didn’t agree.
“He pushed and pushed for it, but I didn’t think we should cover up the beautiful hardwood floors,” explains the Babylon, NY, homeowner. But, he was right—it really does look nice. “Even though it’s a print of mostly neutral colors, it pulls the room together by warming it up and feels homier than just a bare floor,” she says.
Lesson learned: “An area rug acts as a frame for all of the furniture,” explains Leanne Zumbrunnen, a Showhomes franchisee in Kansas City. Rugs can also separate a room into sections and put everything in its place, she adds.
The perfect wallpaper
Bathroom decor can be extremely tough to master. Should you go dark and mysterious or bold and bright?
Debbie Skolnik of Scarsdale, NY, knew the solution to her tiny upstairs loo would be pretty wallpaper. “I was extremely happy when I purchased a blue and aqua toile for this space,” she recalls. “It gives the bathroom a lot of character.”
Lesson learned: Wallpaper is more impactful than paint if used sparingly, either in a small space like a powder room or on a single wall, explains Zumbrunnen.
“I typically use it on one side of a dining room where you might place a buffet,” she says.
Floor-to-ceiling linen curtains
When Nicole Crane in Los Angeles needed curtains for her windows, she was thrilled by the Aina curtains at Ikea.
“They’re linen, 100% washable, and super long so you can customize the length,” she explains, adding that the store’s hemming tape is also a dream for DIYers.
Another bonus is these curtains, seen above in pink, filter light but are opaque enough to offer privacy at night—plus they look more expensive than they are ($60 a pair).
“I have them in every room!” she says.
Lesson learned: Less expensive curtains are actually trending right now, says Zumbrunnen. “Elaborate window drapes are out of style because they tend to make a room seem aged and the windows look heavy.”
You could also indulge your DIY side and make your own!