f you’re looking to buy your first home or have just signed on the dotted line, congratulations! Gone are your days of cramped rental-apartment living—you now have a place to make all your own. Since you just spent a large chunk of change securing your new abode, the thought of decorating it may be totally overwhelming. We totally get it.
Between selecting the best white paint for your living room to splurging on a new sofa that will fit your space, there’s a lot to consider before you even start packing up your boxes and loading them into the moving truck. If you’re starting from scratch or hoping to create a home that feels more grown-up than your previous rentals, let this guide be your go-to decorating resource.
BEGIN WITH PAINT
Nothing will transform and personalize your space more than a fresh coat of paint—something you should do before moving any furniture or boxes in. Believe us: Painting an empty home is about a million times easier than worrying about moving furniture and covering everything in plastic. To help you pick the perfect hue, check out our roundup of the best warm-neutral paints, designer-approved grays, and top paint picks for your bedroom.
CHOOSE A BED
If you’re truly starting from scratch, picking a bed should top your list of furniture items to buy.
If you are new to buying large furniture, start with a classic piece that will stand the test of time rather than choosing a style that may feel outdated in a few years.