Going on your own and braving the big bad real world in your 20s is often times a mixture of scary, exciting, and expensive! Being an adult comes with expectations, one of which is not living in a messy dorm style home your entire life. Everyone has a different path and a different story. Whether you are married with kids or still living like you’re a 21-year-old college undergrad at 33, you can use these basic design tips to create an awesome space for years to come no matter where life takes you! And because we are all for making your life easier, we partnered with Kim, a home designer at GoHaus.com to bring you some basic tips for interior design and her view on Basic Home Décor Tips She Learned in Her 20s…
Basic Home Décor Tips I Learned in my 20s
Your parents style doesn’t have to be your style!
I constantly used my parents’ home and belongings as a measuring stick for how my home looked. And inevitably I was always missing something. This led to a build up of things that I never use and quite frankly don’t even like! I learned early on that I don’t necessarily need a fine china dinner set for 12 or a lavish headboard made out of mahogany that would survive a nuclear blast. You can develop your own style as you evolve in life and are better off spending the cash on things you need and truly love. GoHaus has an awesome Interior Decorating Style quiz you can take to find out what style era best fits your personality!
Buy with purpose and intention
A lot of mistakes I made were predicated on the mindset of the here and now. Meaning throughout my 20s whenever it came to decisions for furniture or décor I only cared about what I needed right at that moment. And because of that I was left with a lot of things that I either grew out of style-wise or cheaper products that didn’t last very long. This means things you buy for your home or apartment should be things you see yourself liking and being useful in 4-5 years. “Place holder” items rarely last and are usually a big waste of money in your early home decorating years.
Expensive things aren’t just for people over 40
I used to see a piece of furniture or a coffee table that I absolutely loved and would think “that is too expensive for me at this age”. The old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ usually rings true most of the time, and when it comes to home décor it is spot on. If you see something you absolutely love that is made well, don’t be afraid to get it. Odds are it will last you decades down the line. Things like hand crafted coffee tables, solid wood entertainment centers, or real hardwood flooring aren’t just for older people with their lives all figured out. You will get years and years of use out of these regardless of where you are in life.
You don’t have to be a professional interior designer to create spaces that last a lifetime! Develop your style and always buy with your heart!