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How to Decorate Your First Home



Decorating your first home is a big deal because it’s a way to announce to the world who you are as an adult. It’s time to sweep aside posters of your favorite bands and corsages from school dances, but where do you look for artwork that reflects your personal style?

Shop for Art
Big box stores sell lots of art. They have aisles of decorative objects, matted pictures of cute animals or folksy sayings. When a store sells to the masses, it’s likely you’re going to find that cute llama print at your neighbor’s house too. Buyers for big box stores decide what the style will be for the year, and that shapes what you can choose from. A more personalized approach to decoration is to look for one of a kind artwork that you find at galleries or individually owned shops. Look around for a consortium that features several artists. That way you’re sure to get a unique piece that actually appeals to you rather than a style that someone else chooses for everyone.

Enlarge Photographs
If you’re a decent photographer, you might discover that some of your own pictures make really nice decorations once they’re blown-up and nicely printed. As a kid, you probably had lots of pictures of your friends hung around your room. As an adult, consider some landscape shots or close-ups of flowers or architectural details. Chances are if you found the plant, animal, or object interesting enough to take a picture of, it would look great hanging on your wall.

Take an Art Class
Consider taking a watercolor or other art class at the local recreation center. It’s a great way to create art for your home. You might not want to display everything you make, but it’s likely, you’ll paint with colors that appeal to you innately (rather than with colors that are in style that year). Plus, anything you make will be a great conversation starter with guests.

Decorating your home with artwork is an ongoing activity as tastes change as you age. How will your new home reflect the adult you?

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