Decorating a new home is not a task for the faint of heart. Some have the means to hire an interior designer who considers the space, creates the design, and coordinates the installation, but many decorate on a shoestring budget. Which is great! There are many resources and elements of inspiration everywhere. Though it would be nice to live in a home straight out of a home decor magazine, many ambitious homeowners are looking to do it themselves. Here are three tips for decorating a new home:\n1. Find Your Style\nIf decorating a new home needs to be done on a budget the best way is to plan, plan, plan, then purchase. Figuring out, and nailing down, your specific style is imperative to saving money because by knowing your style you’ll only purchase items for your home that you love. Items you love will have longevity through trendy waves instead of redecorating every two years. Pinterest is an excellent way to catalog what you are drawn to. By “pinning” photos of what catches your eye over time themes will emerge and you’ll see a pattern in what you like. It doesn’t have to only be a digital collection. Collecting pages of magazines and other items and putting together an inspiration board will give visual texture to your vision. Sit with your style for a couple of months to make sure you consistently come back to a similar style. \n\n2. Imitate the Experts\nWhen you begin to see your style emerge begin to study designers who exemplify it. See what colors, textures, shapes, and arrangements they exhibit. Observe what colors your favorite designer uses on the walls, which tile do they consistently use, and what textures do they add with the accents they pick. Pay attention to stores online and in person that sell similar items. Browse in many of these stores—no matter the price point—to get an idea of what the furniture feels like in person. Occasionally, in real life, seeing things in person will refine your original style. Some big-ticket items are worth saving for and others can be found at consignment or thrift stores. Invest in pieces that will last and spend less on items that will be replaced more often. \n\n3. Dump the Junk\nIt’s easy to get discouraged when comparing a designer interior to your own. Where are the toys? The stains on the carpet? Where’s all the junk? It’s not a fair comparison for a million reasons. The team of stylists and designers make photographed interiors perfect, not lived in. The best way to decorate a new home without it looking chaotic and disorganized is by having a place for everything and getting rid of anything without a place. Tuck items away in cabinets, baskets, and shelves. Create systems to keep things picked up and get rid of extra stuff. And, your new home is a space to live in, not show off, so at the end of the day if it doesn’t look like a magazine, but you love how it looks, then celebrate!\n\nNo matter if you live in a mansion or a studio home is home and decorating a new home takes much time and consideration. It doesn’t always take a millionaire’s budget though, and with enough patience and timing perfect pieces can transform your new home.