For many people the first time they really begin tackling a lot of home decorating is when they finally move into a their first home of their own. With no more restrictions and landlord’s (or parents) rules to follow it can be easy to get carried away and what to dive headlong into decorating even before all the moving boxes are through the door, let alone unpacked! There are some fundamental rules that should be kept in mind though to help make sure that your first decorating projects are a success. here are five of the most important:

Don’t Move Clutter In: Even if you have been living in a room in your parents’ house for years you still almost certainly have too much stuff and a lot of will simply become clutter if you move it all with you into your nice, brand new, empty space. It is also very hard to decorate well around clutter.

Moving old of your old place is the time to get ruthless with your stuff, however hard that may be. If there are things that have been hidden away in a basement or attic for years that means you really don’t need them so they should not be coming with you. If the stuff is still good take it to a consignment store or auction it off on eBay. Then you’ll not only be moving lighter but you will have extra money to put towards the cost of decorating your new space.

Don’t Do Everything at Once – When you were choosing your new home you probably came up with a list, even if it is just a mental one, of all the things you want to change and decorate to make it look and feel like home. Don’t rush to try to do it all at once though, especially if you are on a limited budget. After you have actually lived in the place for a while you will have a better idea of just what really needs doing the most and what can probably wait for a while.

Give Your Bedroom Priority – We all spend a great deal of the time we do spend at home in the bedroom, even if we are asleep for much of that time. Therefore if there are decorating projects you want to tackle in your bedroom they should probably get first priority. The bedding you choose can be a great starting point for the rest of the decor.

Think carefully about color before you begin shopping for paint and fabrics though. If you are a morning person you may be happier with light, clean pastel shades but those who like to stay up late and stay in bed longer may be happier with darker colors that block that morning sunshine.

Only Tackle What You Feel Comfortable With – If your decorating project actually involves making structural changes – knocking out a wall, installing a new electrical box for extra lighting, tiling a floor etc – be very realistic about your DIY skills. It will cost you a lot more to hire a professional to come in and fix any DIY disasters that may result from a lack of experience so if you don’t think you are quite up to a certain decorating challenge then you should go with a good tradesman  right from the start!

Make Sure Your Decor Reflects Your Style – Their are a thousand and one decorating magazines you can get ideas from and there are certain styles that will be “hotter” one year than others. The most important thing about the decor in your home is that it reflects your tastes and not those of some magazine editor or interior design guru. after all, you have to live with it, no one else does!