Tips for First Home Buyers: Design on a Budget

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You’ve done it! Congratulations on buying your first home. Time to party!!! OH. HANG ON…

Where’s everyone going to sit? What about serving food? Before you have your mates over, you might want to get your home housewarming-ready.

First, let’s get your new pad kitted out with fresh furniture and luxurious looks which won’t burn your bank balance!

Direct from the designers, here are the top 5 tips to get you started with your own dapper dwelling –

  • Paint

Choosing paint colours can be one of the toughest decisions for first home buyers. If you want to create a fresh, modern and sophisticated look – opt for crisp white or high pigment paint in a neutral tone.

Another top tip that really adds that lux finish to a home is to paint interior doors black. It will instantly give the space an expensive vibe; just make sure you tie in some black accessories so the dark doors match your décor.

  • Pillows

Throw pillows are an easy (and comfortable) accessory to add to lounges, chairs and beds. Pillows are also one of the cheapest and easiest ways to freshen up your home.

First, stop by a high-end furniture store and check out the cushion colour combinations in their displays. Then, visit a low-cost store such as Ikea, Target or Kmart to recreate the designer look at a fraction of the price. 

  • Window Treatments

There are stacks of options for window treatments, along with a big gap in price between the cheapest and most expensive. It’s best to invest in the best quality you can afford at a moderate price.

If you’re considering curtains – avoid those flimsy ones that aren’t lined. Sure, they might be cheap, but they also look "cheap".

An insider-tip for curtains is to hang them as close to the ceiling as you can, rather than from just above the window. This trick draws the eye up and creates the illusion of fullness.

  • DIY Dining 

You can save a lot of money in the dining area. A huge trend now is mismatched dining chairs which are often painted in different colours. This one is really simple. Purchase a bunch of second hand chairs, crack out some brightly coloured paint and slosh it over the old chairs.

A colourful glass, bottle or jar placed on the table adds impact too. Pop in a few stems of seasonal flowers and you’re done! 

  • Luxury-look Linen

Even if your bed isn’t brand new, you can create a hotel-room-feel with your choice of linen. Crisp, white linen instantly adds a luxurious feel to the bedroom.

Now - if you’re a first home buyer or first home builder on a budget, never purchase your linen at full-price. Regardless of the time of year, chain stores and online ‘bargain’ websites regularly have sales on sheet sets and quilt covers. 

As a first home buyer, it’s possible to create your dream designer home which is easy on the budget. And at Easystart homes, it’s easy to own your own home with just a $3000 deposit!

First home builders (Perth) can get started here!

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