Living Room Space: Top Tips

Living Room Space: Top Tips

This is our first weekend in our new home. I just love it! There’s certainly no room that I don’t like, far from it. If I had to choose though I’d my living room space is the place I adore the more. A living room area is a place in the house where you are likely to spend the most time as a family. We want this area to be the best it can be. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your living room space that we’d either already adopted ourselves or plan to.

Let In Natural Light

When natural light shines through a room that you’re in, you’ll probably notice that feeling of happiness that washes over you. That’s because sunlight is a mood booster and you should take advantage of any natural light that hits your space. Don’t block it out with heavy curtains or blinds, instead try and leave that source of natural light clear. If you are going to hang curtain or blinds though, go for a lighter material such as linen which is thinner. Our living room space features a big bay window we are fortunate to have plenty of light.

Incorporate Some Nature

Nature, like natural light, is also a mood booster. More and more households are now trying to incorporate nature into their home, and the living room is an ideal space to do so. Think of big leafy plants in standing plant holders or a terrarium taking centre stage on your coffee table. Plants help clean the atmosphere around you and can, therefore, make you feel healthier in general. You might want to do a little bit of research into what plants work best for each space. My fab friend Gemma from My Little Graphics Co is a step ahead with this one and has already bought me a fun aloe vera plant. I’ll definitely be getting more plants!

Have Plenty Of Seating in Your Living Room Space

This one is a work in progress for us. A lack of seating is not going to help when you have guests around, so it’s important to make sure there’s plenty of seating available. Make sure that all the seating you have sits level with the sofas by my-furniture.com, rather than having high stools or very low seating like a beanie bag. The living room space is an area where a lot of memories are made and a lot of socialising also happens, so you want to make sure everyone is comfortable. We need bean bag chairs or a small sofa for the boys to use in T’s room, a new stool for under my desk/dressing table and more chairs for our dungeons and dragons get-togethers.

Add In Soft Furnishings

Soft furnishings are essential to a living room space because they add a new level of comfort. Try to find cushions and throws that match the colour scheme you have on your walls and on the big pieces of furniture. If you keep the big furniture neutral, then you can add pops of colour through your soft furnishings and can, therefore, swap colours in and out when they go out of trend or when you just want to change the decor. A rug on wooden flooring is also great for adding a bit more warmth to the room. Put it under the coffee table to help draw the eyes down. My lovely living room space definitely needs a rug, a coffee table, side table and a few more soft furnishing touches.

Give your living space the attention it needs, so it becomes a favourite space for you and your family.

Top Tips For First-Time Homeowners

Top Tips For First-Time Homeowners

We’ve just moved house (two days ago!) so a post with tips for first-time homeowners is very much on topic. You’ll be seeing a few posts in the coming weeks on interiors, homes, gardens and so on.

Know The Process

Becoming homeowners for the first time sounds great because there is no hint of all the legal hoops you’ll have to jump through and so on. Don’t let this put you off, but do make sure that you do your research and get advice where appropriate. For more information on the process of purchasing your first house, you can visit this site here.

Set Yourself An Overall Budget For Your Home, And For Moving

One of the most important things you need to do when becoming first-time homeowners is making sure you have set yourself an overall budget for both your home and for moving costs. When it comes to the budget for your home you need to think about both the deposit and the costs of your mortgage, as well as all of the monthly bills you need to pay. As for moving, you will need to consider the costs to hire a removal team and any costs that may occur when you first move in. To help, you can keep track of everything in a budgeting spreadsheet. 

Consider the little costs when might not seem obvious, like buying a new green licence for the new place (£35 for us!), having an oven cleaned, new curtain poles etc if going into a new build without them. We had lot of little bit on top of the “proper” moving costs and it all adds up.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help If You Need It

During your move, there are going to be lots of things you struggle with. Whether it’s understanding the way in which your mortgage works, working out the average executive condo price or understanding the agreement you have with your estate agents, it’s never a bad thing to ask for help. There are lots of different people out there that will be able to help you on your journey, so don’t be afraid to reach out for advice if you need it. Help with the moving day is always good, my youngest sister has been my angel this week!

Do Your Research When It Comes To Choosing An Estate Agents To Work With

Although you won’t have as much involvement with your estate agents as you would have if you were renting, you will have to communicate with them on a regular basis during the first few months of your move. Because of this, you need to ensure you’re purchasing a house from a company you trust. If you haven’t had experience with any estate agents before, make sure you’re doing as much research as you can before you get started. Ask your friends for advice, find reviews online and meet with people face to face to get a better impression. You’ll be glad you did when it comes to saying yes to a purchase!

View As Many Houses As You Possibly Can

One of the best things about becoming homeowners is that you get to view as many different properties as you want. The best thing to do is take a look at all of the properties in your area that are within your budget, and book appointments to see them all. Even if they’re not something you’d typically like, you never know when you’re going to be surprised by a property. Whether you’re looking for a small apartment in the city or a family home away from the hustle and bustle, you may find you actually enjoy viewing a wide range of properties.

Make Sure You’re Viewing Your Favourites More Than Once

Once you have viewed a range of properties you need to narrow it down to your favourites, as well as the ones that are definitely still on the market. Once you’ve done this, take the time to visit them all again. Not only does this give you more of an idea of which property is your favourite, but it will give you a chance to ask all of the important questions that will help you make your decision. If you haven’t already, it may be worth writing down a list of all the questions you want to ask your estate agent.

Once You’ve Chosen The Best Choice, Take Measurements Of Every Room

Once you’ve revisited all of your favourites, it’s time to make a decision! Although you may not be able to access the property too often, it’s definitely worth finding out if you’re able to go back to take measurements of each room. If not, find out if this is something your estate agents can offer. Having the measurements for your new property will not only allow you to start making plans when it comes to renovations, but it will also give you a good idea of what furniture will and won’t fit. For tips and tricks when it comes to taking measurements, you can visit this site here.

Speak With A Professional If You Want Assistance In Interior Design

When it comes to interior design, it may be worth speaking to a professional. Whilst you may have a certain amount of skill when it comes to decorating, moving into a new home is a chance to have it completely redesigned by someone who has an eye for design. Although this definitely won’t be a cheap option, it’s a great way to ensure you don’t have to redecorate in a couple of years time.

Hire A Removal Team To Help You With Packing And Moving

If you don’t think you’re going to be able to handle the move alone, hiring a removal team is the best way to go. Whilst you may want to do all of you’re packing yourself, the removal team will be able to expertly move all of your boxes and furniture from one place to the next. 

After All Of The Stress, You Are Now Homeowners!

Although the whole experience is probably going to be incredibly stressful, it’s important that you remember it will be worth it. In a couple of months, you’ll be sitting in your newly decorated home enjoying your first ever night of freedom.

Are you going to be first-time homeowners soon? What do you need to think about beforehand? Let me know in the comments section below.

 

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