Buying your first home is an exciting experience, but you can rest assured that it’s going to be somewhat daunting. Even if you are extremely well situated, you’ll experience issues and don't know where to start (if you want to establish a home on your own, without paying the experts, that is). With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some useful tips for you, as a first-time homeowner.

First Things First

You’ll probably agree that some things are significantly more important than others within a home. Although equipping your new house with trivialities may seem fun (it really is), first things should definitely come, well, first. We’re talking here about stuff such as furniture, facilities, walls, floors, and ceilings – the very pillars that make an interior a home.


When it comes to the wall and ceiling color, start with something neutral – white, black, timber – the bleaker the tone is, the better. Neutral tones such as the mentioned will work with next to everything and, furthermore, can always be dressed up without too much effort – start minimalistic and establish your home’s character later. For example, introducing curtains as a way of contrasting the walls is always recommendable. In some countries, like Australia, the current trend is having more vibrant wall tones and complimenting them with lighter curtain shades. There are a lot of quality options for curtains in Melbourne that you might like to look into for your new home.

Your flooring is a bit different, especially if you opt for an open-floor plan arrangement (more on this later). Laminate and parquet are always good choices unless we’re talking about bathrooms and kitchens. Don’t think about getting any rugs for now, plenty of time for that later.


The next step is getting furniture that matches the surfaces of your home. Depending on what you’ve chosen you’ll easily be able to find shapes and colors that walk the perfect line between suiting your taste and matching your new home. Pro tip: the number of seating spaces in your living room and your dining room should be household members plus 4 at the very least, for when you’re having guests over.


Choose between a shower and a bath based on your preference and the amount of space you are dealing with in your bathroom. Get a dual-flush toilet in order to make the room more environmentally friendly and don’t go too funky with your tiles – the majority of bathroom appliances are white.

As a rule of thumb, you should aim at getting a house with a spacious bathroom; no matter how trivial this sounds, having an uncomfortable bathroom is a nightmare. Pro tip: if you are opting for a shower, make sure it is completely made of glass – in this way you can make it significantly more spacious and make your bathroom appear larger.


After you’ve taken care of the basic stuff, move on to decorations and trivialities. This includes stuff like wallpapers, vases, coffee tables and the like. There really is no advice to be given here – some things are more trending than others, but fads tend to fade away at a certain point, so don’t go crazy, unless you feel really bold. Carefully arrange the wall pictures and paintings throughout your house – don’t stuff a single wall with all your memorabilia, unless you want it looking like a trophy wall.

Food for Thought

Open-floor plans are really convenient, so if you’ve opted for having one, make sure that you separate the three makeshift rooms properly. Never choose different colors in each one, but rather paint them in different shades of the same color. Additionally, go with some physical separators, such as a bar between the kitchenette and the dining “room” and equip them with decorative paraphernalia adequately.

These tips should get you going in the right direction, but if you’ve chosen to decorate your home on your own, you should really follow your heart. Keep the basics in mind and don’t be afraid to experiment!


Published by Emma Lawson