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Tips for decorating your new home

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If you're moving into a new home, the amount of empty space and number of choices to make can be daunting. When there's nothing on the walls and no furniture anywhere, you might feel like you're lacking grounding to begin your decorating. Have no fear, though, because using these tips can help you make the most of your new space.

Get rid of old stuff
Chances are you've accumulated a lot of stuff - furniture, paintings, posters, accessories - in the time that you've lived in your old home. HGTV noted that one of the most important steps in making your new home a fresh experience is getting rid of a lot of these items. While it may be difficult, anything you don't love can be sold, donated or thrown out. Moving is a great time to lighten the load of your home, which will not only help you greatly when it comes to actually packing and moving in, but will allow you to really start fresh.

It'll often be easier to get new items that try to reincorporate old ones that you got specifically for your former home. Try finding entirely new switch plates and accessories. You can be bold and use brass switch plates and other metal items, or go for a gentler look by using lots of natural materials like wood and bamboo. Either way, your new home is a wonderful opportunity to make your new home your own creation, so don't be afraid to leave a few things behind. 

Don't be too selective about new furniture
When it comes to furnishing your new home, you don't need to spend hours finding the perfect piece. With a little bit of work, you can redo an old couch, table or chair into something that will match all the items you've brought with you. Designer Lauren Conrad noted on her blog that cheap furniture outlets like Ikea are great places to find inexpensive pieces that are easily customizable. With a little paint and patience, you can turn an ordinary table and chairs into something fantastic.

The same goes with upholstery, too - just a few yards of fabric and some work stitching can make a shabby old chair into something that will fit perfectly into your new home's decor. With tons of colors and patterns to choose from, it'll be sure to match just right. 

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