So you’re finally moving! This probably means you’re thinking about how you’re going to design the interior of your home. This can be a tall order. Your old furnishings may not match the décor of your new home; your old lights may not complement the new color scheme; your old art work and antiques may not aesthetically fit the new rooms. There’s a lot to think about, in addition to the normal stress factors of moving. Here are a few tips that may help you to transition smoothly in your new home without sacrificing a good interior design:
Stagger the moving dates—It’s useful to have a few days in your new home before you’ve moved all your stuff in. This affords you the opportunity to paint, repair, or refinish without any boxes hindering your movements.
Make sure you know the dimensions of the rooms—This should be fairly obvious, but it never hurts to reiterate what’s important. Having comprehensive measurements of all the rooms, doorways, and hallways will allow you or your interior decorator to properly plan what kind furnishing can fit in the different nooks and crannies of your new home. Additionally, this will help you avoid the nightmare of realizing on moving day that your bed won’t fit through the hallway.
Understand the relationship between form and function—Form and function should operate side by side as much as possible. You should never have to sacrifice efficiency for the sake of something looking good. Nor should something have to be ugly just because it works better. Keep in mind the purpose of each room: a home office should be designed in a way that maximizes productivity; the entertainment room should be bright, friendly, and full of places to sit, socialize, and store things (armoires are good for this); the kitchen should afford you room to move while being cozy. Think about the function of a room before you fill out the form.
Focus on the appearance of walls, ceilings, and floors—These are the main visual elements of your home. A new home have some wear and tear that you need to take care of. Don’t be afraid to re-grout or re-caulk the tiles; replace cracked plaster; add architectural moldings to bare walls or windows; bring in new light sources like recessed lights or wall sconces; try new fabrics and textures on your walls and floors (there’s no guarantee your old ones will match).
Moving homes is stressful and designing your new home interior can be flat-out frightening. The above tips will give you a general blueprint for how to approach this new phase in your life—making the rooms of your home beautiful and functional!