Creating a beautiful, unique home with furniture and decoration you love for years to come is a great goal. Something I’ve been working on for quite a while. I feel the days when I kept buying new things just because they were on trend or in season are definitely over. Today, I make conscientious decisions every time I add something new to my space. Following a few home decor shopping rules turned out to be very helpful for me. So I thought I share them with you. I hope they will help you make better choices and support your efforts to create a home that truly represents your individual style.
5 Home Decor Shopping Rules to Follow
- Get inspired.
- Create a wishlist.
- Don’t buy everything in one go.
- Don’t buy everything in one store.
- Incorporate trends thoughtfully.
No. 1: Get Inspired
Even the most creative people are continuously searching for new ideas. This doesn’t mean they copy. They just take the impetus from these inspirations to get into their creative flow. And then, they make those fresh ideas their own.
Inspiration can be found everywhere. When shopping for furniture and decoration, more specifically, in interior design books and home decor magazines. And, of course, on Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.
How to Use Pinterest as a Creative Resource
When planning to add new furniture and decoration to your home, Pinterest is a fabulous creative resource. The advantage of this visual search engine is that it continuously provides us with fresh ideas. Moreover, the algorithm helps us to find related content. This means, for instance, when saving a picture of a piece of furniture you like, Pinterest can help you to find matching items. This allows us to create a whole world around that first item. Collecting and maybe also deleting pins over time will help you to refine your style. Because after a while, you’ll definitely recognize patterns within the pins you’ve collected. Meaning, repetitive things you’re obviously drawn to. This can be a particular color scheme, specific materials, repeating decor elements, and more. With every pin you save, your unique home decor style becomes more apparent.
When you feel that there are too many choices, start with one board and add boards for every room in your home later. Or begin with a board that is dedicated to a specific topic, e.g., colors. I truly recommend taking your time with it. Take in all these wonderful inspirations and see what speaks to you and what doesn’t. Start some weeks or even months before you go out and hunt for new furniture or decoration.
No. 2: Create a Wishlist
I cannot stress this enough – creating a wishlist is so helpful. Not only when buying clothes but certainly when shopping for furniture and home decor.
The key is not to rush out to buy something immediately after putting it on your wishlist. But to sleep on it. If you, like me, want to make more intentional buying decisions, then go slow. And yes, there’s a risk that a specific item is sold out. However, the risk of making the wrong choice out of an impulse is much higher.
However, there’s an exemption. There are these rare moments when you see something, and you just melt away. Usually, when you don’t expect it. In such situations, listen to your gut (or heart, or both). When you truly fall in love with a piece of furniture or decoration, buy it. I’m sure these precious pieces will always find a decent place. Moreover, these are exactly those items that add character to your home.
Creating an Online Wishlist
Despite Pinterest, there are online tools like shoptagr that can help us create our wishlists. Not only for clothes but also for furniture and decoration. Such online tools also come in handy when looking for deals or coupons.
No. 3: Don’t Buy Everything in One Go
This is something I’m certainly guilty of. Every time I moved to a new place in the past, I tried to make everything instantly perfect. The result wasn’t that bad at all. I always managed to create a nicely decorated home within a short timeframe. However, a beautifully curated home with unique furniture and decoration is an entirely different story. Hence, I promised myself to be patient next time we move. It’s going to be hard. I love living in a ‘finished’ place. But I know I will thank myself later for taking the time to craft a home that tells the story of the couple who lives in it.
No. 4: Don’t Buy Everything in One Store
From my experience, it’s not a good idea to get furniture and decoration all from one store. Although this would make it much easier and quicker. You could probably go to a retailer and decorate your new home on a weekend.
The larger home decor stores are exceptionally good at presenting things together that go well together. Not surprisingly, as they want us to buy more. This means you probably purchase something because it’s nicely presented and not because it’s on your wishlist and matches your unique home decor style. Moreover, many of those well-presented pieces are usually either on trend or in season. Thus, the risk will be high that you get tired of them very quickly.
No. 5: Incorporate Trends Thoughtfully
Just like I wrote in my post 10 Rules for a Well-Curated Wardrobe, your personal style is your guiding star to navigate trends. And this is, of course, also true for home decor shopping. So don’t get captivated by the ever-changing flood of shiny new things. Instead, be very selective, stay true to your individual style, and incorporate trendy or seasonal items thoughtfully. Because then, your home will be unique and filled with furniture and decoration you’ll enjoy a bit longer than just a few months.
Moreover, bringing in a fresh vibe is often just a question of rearranging what you already have. And maybe adding one or two new items. Same for seasonal decorations. For instance, changing only a few things like adding a cozy pillow and blanket can update an entire room for the season.
And there you have it. These are the five home decor shopping rules I always follow. I hope these tips will support you create a unique home with beautiful pieces of furniture and decoration you’ll love for a very long time.
More Tips and Inspirations
The tips above will work a lot better in a nicely organized and clutter-free environment. So, when this is still something you struggle with, these articles may give you a bit of a boost:
- The KonMari Method: All You Need to Know + Printable Guide
- Home Decluttering a la Marie Kondo: Lessons Learned
Are you just looking for simple ideas to make your space feel a bit more?
Or do you want to achieve a beautifully curated look for your home quickly?
But whatever you’ve planned, don’t rush into it! I’d always recommend you invest in quality rather than quantity, take it slow, and be very selective:
- Home Accessories: Buy Less and Better
- How to Become a Mindful Shopper
- 7 Reasons Why Choosing Quality over Quantity Is Always a Good Idea
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