To some, interior decorating is second nature. They are able to quickly see which colours go well with the rest of the room. They have that eye for spotting items that would complete a room. For example, perhaps they find a secondhand dresser and know how they can use it in their bedroom.

For others, however, decorating sounds like a daunting task. Since interior decorating is not something you do often, you might feel like you are part of this group. Maybe you think that you do not have the talent for compiling furniture and accessories to make your house look great. And if you have a new home to decorate entirely, you might not know where to begin.

But fear not! There are numerous, easy ways to make your house appear inviting and visually appealing.

Having a new home to decorate is a fantastic opportunity to get creative in terms of interior decorating. With a new home and unfamiliar surroundings, think of it as a blank canvas.

With these five tips, you can create the space you desire without much hassle—perfect for that period right after a move, when things are slowly going back to normal.

Incorporate plenty of light

One of the easiest and most effective ways to transform a room is to simply let in more light. Light does wonders for changing the atmosphere of a room. Just think about how dull and dreary a room feels if light is blocked by thick, heavy curtains.

Try to incorporate as much natural light as possible. Light from the sun is the best form, not to mention it is the easiest source to benefit from as well! Simply open up your windows and soon your room will feel much bigger and you’ll see your furniture in a new light. There are also several recorded benefits of exposure to sunlight—improved bone health due to vitamin D and shaking off the cold seasonal blues.

If natural light is hard to come by, you can use light bulbs with a warm glow to create a cozy atmosphere. Fairy lights are perfect for bedrooms while exposed light bulb fixtures are an interesting way to light up a dining room. If you want a relaxed mood, stay away from harsh lights with a high colour temperature rating as these give off white or bluish hues.

Connect colour with mood

Choosing a colour scheme is important when planning your interior decorating. One method that you can employ is to match colours with the mood you aim to establish.

For example, a bedroom should be a place to recline and relax—an oasis where you can escape the stress and chaos of the outside world. In order to achieve this, soft shades of blue, violet, or pink will work perfectly.

Yellow conveys a positive feeling, brightening your mood. As such, it is an excellent colour for your kitchen. Stepping into a yellow, sunlit kitchen first thing in the morning will give you that bit of extra energy you needed. The kitchen is usually the hub of your home so it should convey a sense of liveliness and happiness.

The most dramatic way to introduce colours into your home is to paint the walls. Then you can decorate your room with the walls dictating your colour scheme. However, you can also use your furniture, accessories, curtains, and cushions to add colour instead.

No matter how you add colour to your home, keep in mind how each colour plays with other shades and its psychological effects.

Embrace eclectic and personal touches

Looking for interior decor inspiration, you might be tempted to go all out on new, expensive articles. However, don’t forget that you probably already own furniture or items that are perfectly suitable for decorating your new home.

Don’t be afraid to show off those souvenir woodworks you bought while on vacation or a weird miniature statue you found in a car boot sale. These are personal items that add character to each room. Despite this, it’s important to maintain a balance or else your room will appear too random.

Mixing your favourite older possessions with new accessories or modern articles is perfect for giving your home a “lived-in” feeling. Additionally, having a few eclectic items can act as statement pieces or a conversation starter!

Bring outdoors indoors

For interior decorating, plants are your best friend. Placing a few plants or flowers visual appeal to any room, in addition to numerous health benefits.

It is a great way to incorporate color; try using the green to contrast with a white or grey wall. Additionally, the wild, natural shapes will contrast wonderfully with the clean, simple lines of modern homes and furniture.

You can also vary the textures of your room. While plants fit with natural materials like wood, they also go well with smooth surfaces. A room with many textures is much more visually interesting than a uniform one.

Do you have an empty corner that you can’t find a piece of furniture for? Try filling it with a plant—a large snake plant or a schefflera are attractive choices.

Declutter

Before moving in, you should have taken the time to declutter. Even after moving house, try to take your decluttering efforts even further. With fewer items, it will be much easier to take stock of your belongings, unpack, and complete your move.

It also means your decorating efforts will proceed smoothly. With less clutter distracting you, you can examine your valuables, plan which rooms each item will go in, and think about whether you need new furniture.

Additionally, decluttering will create space. With a clean, organised home, each room will be in optimal condition. All attention should be paid to your interior decor, not the piles of stuff that litter the floor or tables.