Monday, September 8, 2014

Furniture essentials for new homeowners

Nothing is as exciting as buying a new home, or as stressful as moving into one. Regardless, the experience is always satisfying. 

For first time homeowners, the thought of decorating and building a home may seem a bit overwhelming. You’ve browsed the pages of ELLE DÉCOR and IKEA a hundred times, printed and pasted the pictures you’ve carefully tagged on Pinterest to your “mood” boards, and scoured the web for pegs of your dream house. But when you’re finally faced with the task of transforming your dream into reality, it becomes a bit more complicated – especially when you’re faced with the daunting realization that your “dream house” project comes with a budget.  

As they say, buying a house is easy; building a home is a labor of love. To help you focus on building a good foundation for your home interiors, we’ve listed below the essential pieces of furniture that new/ first-time homeowners should invest in. 

1. Sofa set – A well-chosen sofa or living room set helps transform your house into a cozy home. It anchors the living room, and is the perfect setting wherein you can convey the personality of your space. The living room is where you welcome guests and spend your most time in (aside from your bedroom) so invest in a piece that is not only comfortable but inviting. When thinking long term, you may want to invest in a sofa that’s made with stain-resistant fabric.

2. Dining table & chairs – What happy home does not revolve around eating? Buy a dining set that is sturdy and durable. If you have a small place, you can opt for versatile, lightweight sets that can be used as a working desk and can be easily moved around.

3. Bed & mattress – A good’s night sleep night is essential, so never scrimp when buying a mattress and bed frame. A good quality mattress ensures you a good snooze, while a great bed frame serves as the focal point of you bedroom.  

Tip: When it comes to buying furniture, it’s always wise to invest in good quality pieces that can stand the test of time. Also, while it may seem a bit boring, you may want to consider buying your furniture in neutral colors.  This palette will outlive any trend, and looks clean and classic. To spruce up your space with color, you can easily do so with smaller furniture pieces and accessories like throw pillows, vases, rugs, etc.

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