Let’s see the 10 basic keys to decorate your first floor and not die trying. A project that can be very fun, enriching and even creative if you let yourself be guided by simple guidelines and do not want to do everything at once, shall we begin?
It is September and maybe you are about to go to your new apartment with all the illusion of brand new your home. Your shelter where to finally decorate as you always dreamed and gives free rein to your imagination. But decorating a floor from the beginning can seem like an endless task if you do not know where to start or what to focus on. That’s why today we give you some keys that will make it easier to decorate your first floor correctly and not die in the attempt. A project that can be very fun, enriching and creative if you let yourself be guided by simple guidelines and do not want to do everything at once. Follow these tips and the task will not be hard, the other way around!
The first thing we have to be clear when starting a decoration project are the needs. When you work for a client, you sit down with him and carefully analyze his needs, activities that are done at home, number of family members, where they spend most of the time, animals, hobbies …. In this case you will have to do the same but analyze your own and the rest of the family members. This will allow you to make the most of the stays and focus first on the areas that are most important to feel at home at home. In what areas do you spend more hours? What elements do you need and could not you live without? Are there animals at home? Do guests come frequently?
Each person is a world and each family has its own dynamics and priorities, give importance to yours so that nothing is overlooked when decorating your first floor. Although it seems obvious, analyzing your needs will be very useful and will avoid many later problems that can be difficult to solve. Take this task calmly, write everything down and you’ll be much closer to your ideal home.
2. Study the distribution of space
The next step when decorating your first floor is to be clear about the space that we have and what areas we will use for each activity. Again it may seem obvious but there may be multiple options depending on which areas you are going to play and your preferences. It will be very different if we talk about a finished floor or not, if they have already given us the kitchen layout or should we do it. But even if everything seems clear, spend time analyzing the space and its possibilities and maybe you’ll be surprised by finding hidden possibilities.
Once inside each room, you must think well what will be the distribution of the elements in it. The best way is to take measurements very well and draw it on a plane to see the effect. There are many simple programs but you can not do it by show of hands. The measurements will be your tool of work, because the visual space can deceive you. Always make sure you have a floor plan so you do not have unnecessary discomfort when decorating your first floor and mark the structural elements such as columns, unevenness, doors, windows … Keep in mind elements such as radiators, antenna or telephone inputs Block or we must move before), irregularities of the walls, sockets, … everything affects the measurements and the distribution, so do not lose sight of them.
3. The Importance of Lighting When Decorating Your First Floor
Before we get to buy table lamps or ceiling lamps we must study the lighting of each environment as it is one of the aspects that most influences in creating a sense of comfort and home. We must give priority to natural lighting, through curtains or blinds that let light pass, and reinforce it with artificial light. Depending on the use of each room we must study what kind of lighting we need. The general light will be given by ceiling lamps, fixtures and spotlights that will give us overall illumination for the stay. This general illumination will be reinforced with spot lighting by floor and table lamps. At home, we look for warmth, which is why we will enhance the indirect lamps and warm tones in the light.
To decorate your first floor, place first the ceiling lamps, fixtures and spotlights in your place and then study at which points you need some more intimate light, for example, to read well or to watch the television in dim light. Keep in mind that the lighting will help you to enhance the space. Are not always better in the photos with good lighting? As in our home happens the same, the light will give life to the details and highlight your decoration. And also keep in mind the LED lights are a current option and they can give a lot of each other as we tell you in this article.
4. Start by deciding the decoration of walls and ceilings
Walls and ceilings are the first elements that you must choose when decorating your first floor, since the floors usually come already given. The choice of color can totally change a space so it is something that we should reflect well. Keep in mind that spaces with little or small lighting should be painted in light tones to enhance the light or light very well if you bet by painting them in a dark color. Here we tell you some of the usual mistakes when painting so you do not fall into them.
But in the end everyone has their taste and your floor should reflect, so do not limit yourself, think how you like the walls and what feeling you want them to transmit. Do not get carried away so much by the colors of fashion, although it is interesting to be up to date, if not rather by the sensation that you look for and by your preferences. Also think about textures, if you want to get off the smooth walls today you can find many options both in types of paint and finishes as in wallpapers or vinyl to decorate your first floor. There are thousands of possibilities so we can go crazy when choosing a store if we do not go with a clear idea of what we are looking for. That’s why planning is key.
5. How to organize your first floor? Order is very important
Not to go crazy with shopping is basic to be clear what we are looking at every moment and keep in mind how you are going to decorate your first floor. But you will go to the sofa and return home loaded with table lamps, vases, cushions and that quilt so ideal … you do not know if you will do well with the rest of your house. The accessories are very tempting because of its low price and great variety … but they should be the last touch to your home, not the first! That’s why it’s good to be clear about what we’re looking for and focus on that. Focus first on the most use areas, room and living room. Which is a priority for you? Well, start there. And look for the core elements you need for her. It is also good to have a budget and so stick to it or do not deviate too much to at least know what that deviation will mean giving up or delaying another purchase.
Also the internal organization of the house should be a priority from the beginning. Where will your clothes go? And your books? Bed linen? This can become a problem if you have not taken it into account. So think about how many cabinets and shelves you will need and in what areas and put it on the list of items you should look for and locate first. Then thank you. In addition it thinks to take advantage of the vertical space, since the shelves and cabinets allow us to have more space to the top or even on a door or a zone of little access but that can be us very useful to store.
With the distribution plan you will have a maximum measures for each piece of furniture taking into account that we must leave areas of passage to be able to comfortably move at least 80 cm and never block doors or windows. Always take with you the measurements of your floor and check them every time you go to buy something, but not only the measurements of the rooms. Keep in mind that when you want to decorate your first floor the sofa will have to go through the doors or windows so make sure the minimum steps you need that sofa you like before you buy it. In the end you’ll appreciate being a provisor saving a lot of trouble!
6. You must live your house to transform it into a home
A common mistake when decorating your first floor is wanting to have the house completely decorated from the beginning. Homes must be lived to know the real needs we have. Especially when we talk about a first home and we have little experience in assembling floors. Living in them gives us precious information that will help us get the furniture right. Do we need a coffee table? Which size? Where do I put it? Once you have the basic elements you will see clearly what else you need or would like to include for comfort or for aesthetic reasons. Simplicity is a good strategy, start with the basics and then you can always include more things. It is better to have a space larger than one overloaded with furniture in which it is difficult to circulate.
And you must bet on elements that really talk about you and tell you something. The pictures will arrive with time, especially if it is your first home, just like the travel memories. Forget about having the house finished in a month! I have always been horrified at the idea of buying everything to match because I believe that every element of your home should say things about you and can come from very different places and times. As a home is built on the small personal details that make us unique and different. Our home should be a reflection of our personality. So in decor does not exist good or bad, everything will depend on you and your taste, do not let anyone tell you how it should be …. It should be as you want. And it must be built step by step, without haste. The walls may be empty until the ideal complement for them appears.
7. Commitment to quality in important parts
The materials are something very important that sometimes we tend to forget dragged by the need to have everything already. Especially if we talk about materials that are going to be in contact with our body like sheets, towels, carpets, sofa upholstery … Remember that when it comes to decorating your first floor it is not necessary to have the house finished in two days so you bet For better quality and you see little by little doing with everything you need. This also applies to important furniture like the bed, chairs or sofa in which it is worth spending money because they will have much use and we must take care of our health. The mattress and pillow also deserve special attention. In addition, the investment will be profitable because they will last us longer.
That is why purchasing decisions on core elements should not be taken lightly. You can buy cushions and glasses that after a while will go out of style and change but a dining room furniture or a bed is an element that has more durability so it deserves to spend more time. If at first you do not find it, keep looking. I’m not saying that you have to make a big investment but that you should be sure that it is an element that goes according to your home and your style and you will not get tired of it in two days, because it will be a centerpiece of the decoration. Spend time and continue searching until you find the right one for you, if you have to be with a temporary furniture or borrowed more time, in the end you will be worth it.
8. The art of combining colors and textures
Once you have the basic and essential elements to decorate your first floor you must finish building the decoration with accessories and decorative elements on them. There is a simple rule for coordinating colors, known as the 60-30-10 method ,Which tells us in what proportions we should use the color in a room. We select three colors as the base: one neutral that we will use in 60% of the space, another for 30% (an intermediate tone and that gives many options of combination) and finally one more alive for the remaining 10%, basically in complements because So you can easily renew it if you get tired of it. I honestly have never used it, I always let myself be guided by my intuition, but I think it can be a good start if you’ve never done it before and a way to train yourself visually. You can also let yourself be inspired by the color palettes, you will find hundreds in Pinterest. Here are some that can be your inspiration.
But do not just limit yourself to the colors, the textures are also very important when it comes to creating a sense of home and warmth. Play with them, combine them in curtains, carpets, cushions, blankets and all kinds of accessories. Also the prints, starting with small doses to make sure they work. It is best to try different combinations to find our favorite. With the walls the same happens, before hurling yourself to make holes test the combination on the floor to see which is the best option. You can also take a picture and draw the elements that you think can work until you get the perfect combination. That way you will avoid making unnecessary holes.
9. Trends should suit you
And never the other way around. It’s okay to let trends in at home, that’s what we write every week on the blog and we love it. But always respecting first your taste and your style. The furniture and most important elements of the decoration must withstand the passage of time well. It does not mean that you will never change them but it is not an element that you will change every 6 months so the trends are better than the centers on smaller elements that can be changed with ease. And when you make a change decision that is not carried by the simple trend of the moment if not because it is something that you really like and you know that you will continue to like it in the future. The trend in your home makes you!
10. Get inspired and experience
Everything serves as inspiration in decoration. From your travels to the hotels and restaurants you visit, your friends’ houses, magazines … there is a world full of creative people with great ideas that can help you when decorating your first floor. Do not be afraid to copy, always adapting it to you, your house and your budget. The process will also allow you to enjoy the decoration, give wings to your creativity and turn it into a game. And if you like DIY, now is the time to dump him. You will find millions of creative ideas in Pinterest that will allow you to decorate your home without a big budget and with a very personal touch. Also in our blog from recycle glass or bicycles to decorate with pallets that easy!
And do not be afraid to experiment and try. Especially when we talk about elements that can be modified as the color of walls or cushions. If you are riding your first home it is time to try different solutions, even something crazy, until you find the best one for you and that makes you feel at home. You’ll already have time to go about it, now is the time to look for and try out that color that you love. Get the creativity you have inside and create a unique environment!
And from here it is already getting to work and jump into the huge task of decorating your first floor. Perhaps you discover your passion for decoration in doing so and a world of creativity that will make you fall in love with the decoration. We hope it is so and you come here to tell us what your experience has been and if these keys have helped you. Happy week.