Tips For Decorating Your First Home

So you’ve finally got your keys to your first home? I give you permission to throw your hands up in the air and do a happy dance! **Insert hallelujah chorus** With the average Joe buying their first home at 33, getting onto that real estate market is now harder than ever. But, you’ve done it: you’ve hit the home run!

Now, it’s time for the fun part: decorating your home! But with an empty space and absolutely zero furniture, where on earth are you supposed to start? Don’t fret, I’m here to help! Having moved into my first home four weeks ago with my boyfriend, I know all about how to fill your home with necessities when you have the budget of a pauper!

Here’s my tips for decorating your first home…

Choose Your Theme/Style

First things first, you need to have a clear picture in mind about how you want your home to look. Do you like lots of color? Or do you prefer a minimalist style? Take into account the location of your home and the style of the building. Houses near the sea are practically made for beach decor, whilst rustic cottages would suit shabby florals and burnished wood.

If you are not sure what decor style you would like, start by doing off some research. Pinterest, home decor magazines and open home viewings can all spark a flame of inspiration.

Here’s a few themes to get your creative juices flowing:

Beach Style

beach decor style bedroom with seahorse lamp sea painting and wooden bed head

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Soft, cool and soothing, this decor style is suitable for all beach bums, especially those who live near the coast!

Get The Look

Hand painted 7 piece duvet cover set


eclectic bohemian style bedroom wth ethnic priint cushions indoor prints and hanging lanterns

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If you love clashing patterns, unique pieces and all things Ethnic, a boho themed home may be for you! The best thing about boho is that anything goes and that thrift stores and flea markets are an absolute gold mine!

Get The Look

Floral embroidered pillow cover

Exotic oriental table runner


all white Scandinavian minimalist kitchen with silver and black accents

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If you like your home clean and clutter free, go like the Scandi’s and opt for clean and minimal.

Get The Look

Sophisticated two-tone embroidered placemats

Solid geometric pillow cover


shabby chic cottage style bedroom red and white retro houndstooth print

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Cute retro patterns, frills, lace and rustic wood are the ingredients for a gorgeous, quintessential, cottage-y homes. This style of decor would look so absolutely gorgeous in a cute building or in a country.

Get The Look

Damask style elegant table runner


Floral embroidered place mats

Get Thrifty!

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Go pop some tags!

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As much as your wallet wants you to live in an empty house, there are some things you just need to survive! I suggest writing a list of the furniture and appliances that are a MUST. In my opinion, you need the following if you are wanting to set up a new home:

Table & chairs, bed, fridge-freezer, oven, kettle, sofas/ comfort area, microwave, wardrobe, washing machine

This list may burn a hole in your pocket, but you don’t have to get brand spanking new things. Thrift shops & flea markets need to become your new hang outs and never underestimate the amount of junky furniture your older relatives may have lying around. Sure, it may smell of moth balls, but it’s a start!

Little By Little

Rome wasn’t built in a day so don’t expect your home to be either! You’ve just forked out major dollar on the house itself, so no one will expect it to look like the Kardashian’s abode! Decorate one room at a time and upgrade borrowed, thrifted, or downright ugly furniture bit by bit.

In the mean time, why not give your furniture a stylish and cheap makeover with a stunning table runner, place mat or table cloth?

For Tables

Use a full-coverage table cloth and no-one will have a clue about the hobo-looking mess that lies beneath.

Rustic Orange

This hand embroidered table cloth will make your dining area feel a whole lot finer!

That wooden brown table may be out of reach, but this table cloth will make your old table look brand new, whilst remaining neutral.

For Dressers & Cabinets

A table runner is a chic addition to a feminine piece of furniture, such as a dresser or a cabinet. Go for a tasseled piece and let the feminine fringing hang or opt for punchy prints to instantly makeover a room.

The retro appeal of the jacquard paisley table runner is perfect for a dresser or vanity table.

This exotic oriental table runner is an instant fix for a damaged floor, TV unit, or even a hole in the wall. Plus, it’s super stylish!

For Small Furniture Pieces, Damaged Wall Parts or Stains

Don’t let a little stain, scratch or mark ruin a piece of furniture! Cover it up with a cute place mat.


The Saree border place mat will add some ooph to any old wooden furniture.


The embroidered paisley place mat adds a vibrant hit to worn out furnishings.

All that’s left to say is enjoy! Time to make your house a home!



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Rachel Holliday

Rachel Holliday

Interior design and fashion contributor at Banarsi Designs. Writer and Aussie-based fashion and personal style blogger at