Making Designs: Options on Your Interior Layout

(Editor’s Note – Today we are joined by our friends from by New Homes Guide for Part 1 of a series of advice on interior design for your new home.)

So you’ve taken the plunge and bought the beautiful new home of your dreams. You’ve spent months in the builder’s design studio making your selections, customizing it, and watching it be built. It’s finally all yours, and you’re about to purchase new furniture for the living room … when you start having second thoughts. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t come up with a design that expresses your “inner you.” Come to think of it, you had trouble getting the new draperies to match your new wall paint. You’ve even thought of getting some professional help.

Does this sound familiar? You’re not alone. Getting a home’s interior just right can drive you mad with anxiety and frustration. Today, we hope to calm your fears with tips and advice to make the process easier.

Does it Fit?

It’s always the obvious steps that get you. No matter how gorgeous or elegant that couch is, it has to fit in the doorway for you to enjoy it. So, get your tape measure and measure the doorways to your living room (and the rest of the house, too) before purchasing anything. This was the first tip from Mark McCauley from HGTV in his article, “7 Furniture Arrangement Tips.” This piece gives you a bevy of tips concerning furniture placement, which we’ll expound on in Part 2 of our series.

Design the Room Yourself

Once you get the furniture in the door, here are two free furniture-layout resources that will have the room in question singing and dancing to your inner tune.

  • Better Homes and GardensArrange-a-Room. This virtual furniture arranger doesn’t require a download and it’s easy to use.
  • Pottery Barn is another option, with its own furniture-arranging tool, the Icovia Room Planner.

Please check back for Part 2 of our series, where we’ll review more inside tips on how to achieve a warm, personalized look for your new home. In the meantime, we welcome you to share your interior design ideas in the comments section below.

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