Experts share 14 must-haves for new owners
Being a first-time owner is an exciting (and sometimes overwhelming) experience. Now that the papers are signed, the paint colors chosen and the keys in hand, it’s time to furnish it.
When it comes to furnishing a home, most people spend most of their time thinking about expensive items: televisions, sofas, dining sets. And while you need all of these, there are things you are bound to forget. At least there will be some products that you didn’t even know you needed until you sit down and look around after you settle in.
We’ve talked to a few interior designers about things new homeowners often ignore and what they can do to stay ahead of the game.
What don’t new owners realize they need?
Once the moving craziness slows down and new homeowners really get a chance to look around, they start to notice all the little things they’re missing that put a space together. While it can be a variety of things depending on the person, the interior designers we spoke to collectively agree that rugs, stair treads, and decor are the things people most often overlook.
“If you have hardwood floors, you’ll want to have something to put on those floors so they don’t scratch them,” Janet Bertin of Bertin’s Decorating Den Interiors told Shop TODAY. This is where the rugs come in. While they are designed to protect your floors, they can also add color and dimension to a space.
While rugs are important, you’ll want to make your purchase the first time, as nothing is more boring than playing return and trade games, especially with larger items. Alexandra Fernandez of Staten Island-based ALX Interiors said size is often where people go wrong. “They always go too small,” she said.
Jonathan Gordon, founder and owner of Stamford-based interior design firm Design by the Jonathans, said people should be thinking about home security systems as well. “You have a house [now]… So you have to keep an eye on your house, ”he said.
Bertin also mentioned that window treatments are something people forget about when buying a home. While it’s easy to be charmed by the size and beauty of the windows, they might not realize how much it will cost them to get treatments or ignore how other things like the privacy or sunlight affects their view indoors.
As you would with jewelry to accessorize an outfit, you can use decorative items like floor vases, wall art, sculptures, and greenery to accessorize your home, according to Fernandez. “Your jewelry accentuates and enhances the outfit, and that’s what [decor] also does for the bedrooms, ”she said.
You might be wondering: why is it so important to have all these parts? Gordon has a very simple answer. “We feel like at home.
What can new owners do to make sure they have everything they need?
Bertin, Gordon, and Fernandez agree on two things – aside from hiring a decorator – that you can do yourself: plan well and don’t try to do everything at once.
“Take your time,” said Bertin. She recommends starting with things like window treatments since they impact your privacy, but don’t rush with everything else. “The less you try to do all at once, the better. You don’t want this house to look like you shopped on Saturday afternoon and the truck came on Monday morning and unloaded everything. “
Fernandez also recommends creating a file – digital or physical – for each room where you can plan where things are going to go. “A lot of people just buy parts and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to put it somewhere’ and they never find that anywhere,” she explained. By planning your purchases and creating a vision for each room, new owners can be intentional in their choices and make sure everything has its place. Fernandez says to keep looking at your files while you start shopping to stay focused.
If you’re not sure exactly what to put in your home, or what you might be missing, Gordon advises you to make a list of things you notice in other people’s homes that might be helpful in your own.
One last tip for first-time buyers?
“Don’t feel like you have to furnish everything at once, because doing everything [of] these decisions are more than what most people are capable of doing, ”said Bertin. While it might seem like a race to get your house fully furnished ASAP, you are only running against an imaginary clock. Take your time !
“Plan, plan, plan,” Fernandez said. Having so much space to decorate can be overwhelming, especially if you’re going for something much smaller like an apartment. Having a plan will help you stay focused and keep things manageable.
“Enjoy using all of your spaces,” Gordon also recommended. First-time home ownership can be an emotional roller coaster, but allow yourself to have fun and get creative with your decor.
Needs of a first owner
1. Unique vintage carpet from the Sofia Loom collection
This traditional vintage style rug will blend in perfectly with any minimalist design. It’s stain resistant and easy to clean, making it perfect for high traffic areas like entryways or living rooms. It even has a 4.5-star average and over 13,900 verified five-star ratings on Amazon!
2. Unique geometric modern Moroccan carpet on loom
This stain resistant rug features an eye-catching geometric white pattern on a navy blue background. It is available in sizes ranging from 6 feet by 9 feet to 10 feet by 14 and is available in 14 other colors. As Fernandez said, people often have rugs that are too small, so don’t be afraid to take the bigger one!
3. Wanderer Shag mat
This plush rug is hand tufted from premium New Zealand wool, so you never have to worry about comfort. It features abstract lines with pops of color that will make it blend easily with any decor theme. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, from traditional rectangles to 6 inch round styles.
4. Natco Sapphire Fleur de Lis black stair mat
Bertin recommends having a stair mat in your home, especially if you have dogs who tend to slide on slippery surfaces like wood floors. This patterned black option is 33 inches wide and you can order up to 100 linear feet at a time.
5. Dakota Fields Geometric Anti-slip Stair Tread
If you don’t want a long skate, try this non-slip, stain resistant stair tread. This set includes 13 pieces that you can lay on individual stairs to protect your floors, while allowing you and your puppy to get on and off safely.
6. John Boos Reversible Hard Rock Maple Cutting Board
“Everyone needs a good cutting board,” Gordon said. Boos block boards are her favorite. He notes that they are quite heavy and, at 2 1/4 inches thick of hard maple wood, we’re not surprised. This reversible board will prevent cross contamination during food preparation in a snap.
7. ArtbyHannah 6 Piece Framed Botanical Gallery Wall Picture Kit
The best part about this set is that there are six separate pieces you can work with. You can choose to keep them all together in one place or spread them around your home for a little pop of color in every room. The set comes with two frames in each of these sizes: 12 by 16, 8 by 12 and 8 by 10.
8. Cross Weave Cordless Roman Shades
If you’re looking for a window treatment that will give you maximum privacy, consider blackout blinds. They block the sun and any outside light from shining, which is also perfect for very hot summer days. And you won’t have to worry about unsightly swaying strings. To lower these shades, simply pull gently on the handle and they will stop automatically when you do.
9. Curtains with echo print
Who says curtains have to be simple? Add a touch of shine with these golden curtains from West Elm. What may look like a random scattering of golden highlights from afar is actually a detailed pattern inspired by Egyptian artwork.
10. Hearth & Hand Tonal Texture Curtain Panel
If you’re looking for more traditional curtain panels, this cream-colored set from Hearth and Hand is a great option. It is made from 100% cotton, which makes them lightweight and durable. They come in three sizes, and for under $ 30 this is one deal you don’t want to pass up.
11. 10 “Live Majestic Palm Plant
This living plant stands about three feet tall and is perfect for adding a little greenery to your space. It comes to you in a grow pot, so you just have to focus on maintaining it. Transfer it to a decorative planter that matches your theme to get the most out of each addition to your space.
12. Green fern plant in false pot
Don’t you have a green thumb? No problem. This faux fern looks realistic and is the perfect addition to any space without having to worry about caring for a real plant.
13. Pauline Stanley Studio Waves & Sun Wall Art
Keep a bit of the beach with you all year round with this sunny wall art print. It would be a great addition to any bathroom or home office, and you can even choose between a wood or black wood frame.
14. Ring the doorbell
This best-selling home security system has a 1080p camera that lets you see, hear, and talk to anyone from your phone, tablet, or PC. If you have the Ring app, you can receive mobile notifications whenever someone rings the doorbell or triggers the built-in motion detectors. A quality security system can ensure that your home is protected, even when you are away.
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