Decorating Your Home From Scratch: A Quick Guide

Decorating the home is something many individuals dread, but it really shouldn’t be that daunting or intimidating. While there are some stresses that are going to come with any move, renovation, or redecoration effort, you can take a few simple steps to go into the project with eyes wide open and make it much easier on yourself (and anyone who was friendly enough to lend a helping hand!)

Abbey Group has put together a guide on how to decorate your home.

First, understand that this can be a fun process that is going to help you take a house, or other living space, and transform it into a home – your home. This is a place that should reflect who you are, what you enjoy, and be a place where you can relax, energise, or even both depending on your mood!

Once you have the right mindset, which will take care of a good chunk of the stress and potential frustration right off the bat, the next step is to decide on the style that suits you best. While there are literally dozens of different options out there, don’t let that overwhelm you. Most people find they actually prefer one of the four most popular styles out there, so that is a great place to start the decision-making process.

The most popular decorating styles are:

  • Contemporary
  • Modern (no, this is not the same as contemporary)
  • Transitional
  • Farmhouse


If you find you have a varied number of tastes, then you probably want to go with transitional style of design. This is a popular option because it is great for updating old Colonial or Victorian homes with modern features while keeping the features that bring that aged charm. On the other side, for people who find themselves buying a modern home but don’t like how cold and lifeless it feels, transitional brings those personal touches that can bring old school to a new home like smart use of red, green, and neutral colours, as well as smart use of dark wood and stone to bring some old cheer to a new design.


Then again, there are those who like to go with the full modern design. Think clean lines, a heavy emphasis on colours that are often described as “earthen” or “wooden” tones, and many homes that were created in the 1950s or based on similar designs.


If this still sounds too busy then go with a contemporary design. Think minimalist. Minimum furniture, minimum colours, light through open windows and plenty of space to pace, do yoga, or just stretch out.


Farmhouse is the absolute opposite of contemporary, it is busy, colourful, and will likely remind you of a traditional grandmother’s house or the type of home that antique shops drool over.

Once you have an idea of what plan is most likely to fit your personality, then that is the time to start putting together the plan. Don’t just try to wing it! Think about what rooms could use a new coat of paint before moving in the furniture. Concentrate on the biggest and most important rooms first so you can use that momentum to help move you through those smaller and less important rooms.

This gives you the benefit of enjoying your design choices even as the work is being done and further motivates you to finish.

As a side note: don’t buy into the myth that every single room must match in style. If you like a comfy and inviting living room but prefer your bedroom to act like a home office in pristine shape, you can design the living room around one style and the bedroom around another. This is actually quite common as many people want a room to relax, one to energise, and so on.

Design and plan accordingly!

Whether you just need to touch up the paint, re-do a single room, make some minor alterations, or go with the wholesale overhaul, you have options. By planning ahead, refusing to get bogged down, and pushing ahead with your plans, you should have no problem creating a home look that you can enjoy and be proud of.