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7 things to consider when you’re decorating an entire brand-new home

Stepfanie Romine, for Baer’s Furniture
Published 7:01 a.m. ET Oct. 2, 2020

Whether a new home is across town or across the country, moving is a big life event. Start by taking a deep breath and consider what style would best suit the new space. (Photo: Getty Images)

Decorating an entire home — whether it’s a new-build or new-to-you house — can be equal parts exciting and daunting. The team of expert designers at Baer’s Furniture shared their best tips to make the process as easy and hassle-free as possible, so homeowners can focus on enjoying their new abode.

Here are seven things to consider if you’re decorating a brand-new home.

Don’t rush in. Whether a new home is across town or across the country, moving is a big life event. Start by taking a deep breath and consider what style would best suit the new space. This helps prevent buyer’s remorse and a home that feels like a hodgepodge of styles. Browsing the extensive online galleries at Baer’s is a simple way get inspiration for what might work.

Do take inventory. Most homeowners keep at least a few pieces when they move into a new house. Walk through every room in the old home, and make a list of what might work in the new space. At the same time, keep a list of what needs to be donated or sold. Be sure that every piece that makes the cut has a designated purpose and location in the new house. From there, start to look for pieces that complement beloved furniture and artwork. Keeping a treasured modern-style coffee table, for example? Check out contemporary sofas and loveseats that pair well with it.

Don’t go it alone. With list in hand and an idea of what’s needed, it’s time for the fun part: Shopping for new furniture. Trying to narrow down the choices can be fun but overwhelming, especially at a store like Baer’s that carries so many options. Enlist the help of one of the more than 40 pros on their team — Baer’s offers complimentary interior design services. The Baer’s team can help with single rooms as well as entire homes.

Do create a cohesive look. Getting to decorate a whole home is like getting a blank canvas, making the design process easier in many ways. The Baer’s team excels at helping transplants adapt their decorating styles and belongings to Florida’s architecture. Creating a cohesive look can help create a calming, aesthetically pleasing feel throughout a house. Whether a homeowner wants a breezy tropical, mid-century modern or industrial look, Baer’s has furnishings to match.

Don’t try to match every room. One mistake homeowners make is translating “cohesive” into “identical.” Transitions from room to room shouldn’t feel jarring, but they can each have a distinct look and feel. There’s definitely an art to interior design, so turn to the Baer’s team for help getting it just right. They even help with things like window treatments, flooring, faux painting and molding.  

Do start with the most lived-in areas. Think about the rooms where families spend the most time. That’s usually the living area, kitchen and bedrooms. These days, home offices or “school” rooms might also make that list. Start by decorating those higher-traffic areas, then move on to lesser-used spaces like guest rooms, powder rooms and dens. Focusing on those areas can make a house feel like a home even if it’s only halfway decorated.

Don’t be afraid to wait. Can’t find the perfect piece straightaway? Don’t settle. It’s perfectly acceptable to decorate slowly and fill a home with items that are 100{3fd454b43fbfd7aa8a551fa339f02ecfdee40c34b6b5df10527629ca3647b822} ideal for the space. Can’t find a sofa in the perfect shade of blue? Still hunting for a bed in a specific finish? Consider going the custom route — the wait isn’t usually all that long, but the results are worth it. That’s another area where a Baer’s designer can help.

The process of transforming your home often requires the guidance of a designer. At Baer’s Furniture, we offer a full range of complimentary interior design services. With over 40 highly qualified and experienced design professionals we are ready to assist in making your dream a reality. We make the process a pleasure by working with you on projects ranging from a single bedroom makeover to whole-home designs.

As a Baer’s design client, we will happily bring accessories out to your home, place them for you and let you decide what is staying and what goes back.

Click here to schedule a consultation with one of our experts or visit us at https://www.baers.com/p/design.

Baer’s Furniture offers a huge selection of furniture by quality name brands at a great value. Top furniture categories include living room, dining room, bedroom, home office, entertainment, mattresses, and home accents in a variety of styles such as tropical, coastal, traditional, leather, contemporary and modern. Shop our online furniture gallery to view our in-stock and on-display product. Check out our complimentary design services for expert advice on window treatments, flooring, area rugs, turnkey design, and more. With 16 locations in Florida, Baer’s Furniture stores is here to serve you!

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