- Style with Samantha - 10 Tips for your new home

So you moved into your beautiful new home, now what? Whether your design preference leans toward sleek modernism or embraces traditional styles, putting your personal stamp on a new home can be tremendously exciting. It can also be a little bit daunting. 

My number one piece of advice is to be true to yourself. Design trends come and go so it is important to design with the colours and styles you love and the things that make you happy. 
Also think about how you are going to live and how you and your family will use and move through the spaces in your brand new home. 

All that being said here are some tips to get you started on the path to making your house a home.

1. Consider budget. Once it's defined, then work backwards. It will give you an idea of where to start and where you can go with the design process.

2. Use the Internet. Sites like Pinterest and Houzz offer a multitude of ideas and will give you a ballpark idea on costs. 

3. Shop for the best value and think practical and functional when it comes to furnishings, especially if you have pets and children. When it comes to shelving and side tables, drawers and doors work miracles to keep clutter at bay.

4. Paint a calm and peaceful ambience with a restrained, neutral palette and minimalist esthetic. Invest in high-end finishes. Natural finishes like hardwood, marble and stone will hold value and improve resale.

5. Add colour with finishing pieces.  A bright dish towel, a punchy vase or vibrant throw cushions will add a ‘pop’ of colour and interest into the room and won't break the bank if six months down the road you tire of the colour and want to swap it out.

6. Add a touch of sass with texture and pattern. Get creative. Line the backs of bookshelves with wallpaper. This can add visual interest to a space while not being too overwhelming.

7. Create an oasis in the master suite. This room is often neglected with most of the budget going to the public spaces - the living spaces and kitchen. Chances are when you purchased your home the master suite played a large part in your selection. So invest in yourself, get a great set of bedding and a comfortable bed. And forget matchy matchy, don’t be afraid to mix it up.

8. Elevate the overall look with original art. It's a great investment and it adds individuality and interest to spaces.

9. Infuse the home with personal touches.  Framed photos of your favourite moments; a collage of family photos or perhaps an artfully designed display of treasures from an amazing trip.

10. Extend living spaces to the outdoors. Add furnishings and beautiful plants to create an inviting, relaxing environment.