One of the joys of moving into a new house is that it’s a blank canvas, just waiting for you to put your own personal stamp on it. There is no right or wrong way to go about it; either you decorate while you unpack, or you just put the furniture in a place that works and add some finishing touches once everything is in its own place. However, sometimes the option you’ve unwittingly chosen is to leave everything as it is because you have no idea where to start. Don’t worry, here are a few ideas for decorating a new house that might spark some inspiration.

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Kids’ bedrooms

If your kids are old enough, they might already have some ideas for how they’d like to decorate their room. If so, get them involved in the planning, and try to find a balance between what’s affordable, and what’s feasibly possible. Whatever their wishes, make sure you avoid lead paint, as inhaling this is dangerous for kids. In fact, you might choose to forgo painting altogether and use wall stickers instead. They come in a wide range of designs and colours, and they are a no mess, no fuss way of adding your child’s personality into their room. If you have a newborn baby, you might want to pay special attention to decorating the ceiling; they’ll spend a lot of time looking up at it after all.

Living room

This is the room that will experience the most traffic, so you want it to be as homely and bright as possible. You can make the most of the natural light by painting the room white, as it’s the brightest and most reflective colour. You can also achieve similar results with a pale shade of any other colour. Opt for matte paint instead of glossy, because glossy walls can create a glare instead of distributing light equally. If you have a lot of pictures still in boxes, you can buy picture frames online to finally arrange them neatly, or you can hang them up using some string and clothes pegs. Complete the look by displaying your artwork, or hanging up mirrors.

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Bathroom

The bathroom is often forgotten in the decorating spree because there’s not much you can do with it. Or so you think. You can avoid the mess of shampoo and shower gel bottles by organising them on multi-level corner shelves in your shower. Change your shower curtain for an instant splash of color. If you want to get really creative, you can also invest in some removeable adhesive tiles. They are quick and easy to put up, easier to keep clean, and they don’t damage the walls when you take them down.

Kitchen

If most of the free space in the kitchen is on your wall, then wall-to-wall kitchen storage is your ideal solution. Build shelves from the floor (or the counter) to the ceiling and use these to store your cookbooks, potted herbs, utensils, or anything else you might need.