When you buy a house it’s normal to be excited about filling it with all your things and making it feel like home. But have you thought about whether your existing furniture will fit in, or will you need to buy new furniture to suit the style of your new home?
Our last three houses have had very different styles. Annoyingly, the home in the middle was ultra modern and we rather hastily replaced all of our existing (vintage) furniture to suit its clean and modern décor.
This was fine, until we moved again. This time back to a more traditional country home, which despite having a modern edge, lent itself more to the ‘vintage’ feel – a.k.a our old furniture!
Moving in, I kicked myself for not keeping my old furniture in storage rather than throwing it away. My old up-cycled medicine chest would have sat perfectly in the new living room, but due to my rushed clear-out I faced weeks of scouring eBay and vintage shops trying to find furniture just like the pieces I’d previously gotten rid of.
Sometimes the style of the house you move into dictates the furniture you fill it with. After three moves, I’ve finally learnt its ok to mix different styles and it’s not necessary to buy a complete new sofa set to make the look work. Learn from my mistakes – here are my top tips to help you style your new home without breaking the bank.
Make it work
You may be pleasantly surprised at how a piece of furniture actually looks in a new setting. Don’t instantly plan to ditch your old sofa when moving. Instead, live with it for a while. Play around with positioning, lighting, and the other items in the room until you feel like it is working for you.
Of course, if it just isn’t right then get yourself a Shurgard Self-Storage unit and find a new alternate to fill the hole. Who knows, in two years time when you move again you may just find your new place has a spot perfect for that stored sofa!
Sometimes, up-cycling an old piece can give it a new lease of life. Get an old dresser that’s hiding in the loft and restore it. From new upholstery to funky handles, you don’t have to spend a fortune to give old pieces a new feel. There’s nothing better than the feeling you get when you stand a newly restored piece of furniture up and admire your handy work.
Mix & Match
Contrasting styles can work better than you may think at home, so trial different items together in various rooms to see what works and what doesn’t in each space. I found new funky dining chairs that gave my vintage pine table a new lease of life and didn’t break the bank.
Get creative online
A great way to test out styles before committing to them is to explore online and create your own Pinterest boards. With endless style inspo, you can get creative without making any costly mistakes. Also, building your own mood board will help you visualise what each room in your house could look like.
Until you’ve decided on a style for your home, fill your rooms with vases of flowers and unique pieces of art. You can transform your space on a budget by just printing cool images and prints. Pair with vibrant frames to give your room a cool chic vibe.
Never get bored of the space by swapping your prints to suit your mood, season or even party! It’s the perfect, inexpensive way to experiment with different themes and colours in your new home.
Moving house is difficult enough (trust me as a serial mover I know!). Make the process easier by planning your décor before you step through the door. Don’t be put off by chrome light fittings, wood trim or electric fireplaces (nothing goes well with these) because a little creativity, perseverance and DIY can fix them.
Use storage throughout the move to give yourself more space at home, and mean you can easily swap in different items to see what is working best.
Most importantly, relax! You’ve already done the hard bit in moving, so now enjoy your new space and work the rest out as you go.
About Extraordinary Chaos
Hi I am Sarah Christie and I am a working Mum and Wife. I spend my weekdays writing my travel and homes lifestyle blog Extraordinary Chaos, and my weekends with my family chasing our next life adventure. I am passionate about travel, interior design and cooking. But my main passion in life is my wonderful family Chris, Jack and Joe and crazy dog Toby. My aim is to show our family as much as the world as possible before they fly the nest. And whilst we are doing so, have fun, live for the day and make happy memories.