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Furnishing Your First Home as a First Home Buyer

26th June 2017
Image - Lazytime and Leman in home setting

Once reality sinks in that you’ve just taken on your first mortgage, and you’ve worked out how far your income is going to stretch, it's time to ask yourself, "How am I going to furnish my home?"

“We believe design is for everyone, and should be delivered without ego to anyone who seeks it, not just those who can afford it." - Lyle Henri, Camerich WA.

It’s natural to have grand visions of what you want your home to look like, but the reality for most first home buyers is that you probably won’t end up with the perfectly manicured looking display home that replicates the images you’ve been pinning to your boards, at least not for a while yet.

So, what are some options? Don't rush madly from store to store saying, "that will do" racking up a credit card debit just to make your home look amazing for your first guests.

There are plenty of ways to create a stylish interior without breaking the bank. For most, it’s a good idea to use what you have until you can properly investigate your options. Take your old bed and desk, and ask your family if they have anything they’re happy to part with.

If you have the budget then a couple of hours with an Interior Designer is a good investment. Dimensioned furniture layouts, colour palettes, and scheme boards with key furniture pieces to achieve the look and feel you’re after are a great place to start. You can then take these with you as you spend every following weekend on the hunt for the perfect sofa or bedside tables. This will provide you with your ‘Style Guide Lines’ and will assist you in staying on track with your purchases without getting overwhelmed by too much choice.

The key items that will start to define your main area will be your sofa, perhaps an armchair or two, and a dining table. Invest in some good pieces, try not to be too consumed with fast fashions, and consider some decent pieces that will see you through 5 - 10 years.

Your Interior Designer should provide you with a couple of key pieces that will hold the whole look together. These are your goals. You can bulk out the rest later with fashion pieces that will be interchangeable as your style evolves.

“The main focus of our designers is to add value to our clients lives; not just sell them pieces of furniture.” - Lyle Henri, Camerich WA.

If you don’t have the budget for a full interior design consultation, it’s a good idea to look for a furniture store that offers design consultations or at least makes a point of hiring qualified interior designers to assist with your selections. 

Happy hunting!