When buying a new home, there’s more to consider than just the location. You’ve settled on a property you absolutely adore, whether that be a new, totally-modern high-rise city apartment, an older, more classic character home, and now it’s time to style accordingly!
Styling your new home - such as picking the right furniture and creating the interior ambience you desire, is an important and exciting aspect to moving into a new place. The process of choosing furniture and other interior décor items, is one that can help to bring your space to life: adding style, comfort, value and your own personal character. What do you need to look for when shopping for new furniture? What basics do you need to keep in mind to make sure your style choices will work not only in the interim, but will also have the capacity to move with you to any future home you might end up in?
Consider Furniture Materials For Future Proofing
When looking at a new dining table, living room couch or office desk, no matter your aesthetic preferences, you want to make sure you’re buying something that’s made well, and won’t crumble with over-use. It also needs to suit the personality of your home. Look at the furniture piece, and establish if it feels solid and heavy, or light-weight and breakable. Is it made from a very good-quality, contemporary material, and so has the ability to be strong yet light? Or, does it feel poorly made, and disguised by a nice coat of paint and a fancy description? Aluminium frames are often the impulse choices made by new furniture buyers, who don’t realise their lifespan isn’t that of solid wood construction.
Solid wood frames will generally last much longer and is the standard for fine furniture – especially if you’re going for a more classic look. Wood however, can be expensive, and the quality can vary. Aluminium is favoured by style preferences for modern and contemporary living, and as long as they’re treated with care, can still last for a decent lifespan. Before purchasing anything, give it the sit or lie-down test. No matter how beautiful your new upholstery piece is you won't enjoy it if it's not comfortable – just like a new pair of shoes, you wouldn’t even buy them without trying them on, right? The same goes for a chair, bed, dining table with seating, or couch.
You Love It In-Store but Will It Work in Your Home?
Sometimes in the midst of shopping excitement, we can see an item we adore, but lose all rationale as to whether this is appropriate for your space. Ask yourself the following questions: Is it functional? Will it fit? Will it add to the overall look? There’ is nothing wrong with purchasing a novelty, or not so necessary piece of furniture as long as it still serves a purpose, even if that purpose is just to look good. A piece of furniture is an investment in your home and says a lot about you. Choose a silhouette that you will love now and, in the future, choose a style that will work for the room it’s going into, and choose a shape that will work with the space without taking up more room that it needs to. Whether your preferences are contemporary or traditional, modern or classic, eye-catching or just versatile, there are so many options for you choose from.
The 3 F’s: Finish, Fabric and Flair
Finish, Fabric and Flair – three components to furniture design that can really create a unique, exciting aesthetic for your home. Exposed wood, wood stain, paint finish and general colour, are all points to consider when buying wood furniture. Fabrics, usually seen on chair cushions, couches and futons, can come in a variety of colours and patterns to suit formal living rooms, foyers, bedrooms or offices. Darker fabrics are said to be better for long-term use, as they withstand the test of time better and allow for the odd stain to go unnoticed until you get around to a professional clean. As for flair - look for furniture that has an element of the unexpected or has some personality to bring life to your home. Unconventional shapes, patterns, colours or textures can help to reflect your personal style.
Styling Before Selling?
When it comes to styling a home, some people do it for a general spruce up to refresh the look and feel, and others do so in the lead-up to putting a house on the market to achieve the maximum sell price. Updating your furniture is a great way to add value to your home before it hits the market and can help you get top dollar.
If you’re considering moving, and want to restyle your home before it sells, you should opt for functional pieces with pops of colour and a bit of flair. Enough personality to make it look like a home, but not too much that it makes it hard for potential buyers to picture their own furniture in your house.
Once your house is sold and it’s time to move, talk to John Ryan Removals, the leading house removalists in Melbourne for over 40 years. Whether you’re moving across town or interstate, our team of expert furniture movers will ensure moving day is hassle-free.