As of July 2020, more than half of Americans are millennials or younger meaning that more and more people should be looking to rent their first apartment or buy their first home. Although some tend to stay at home, those brave enough to leave the comfort of their homes could be faced with the harsh reality of struggling with how they want their place to ultimately look after it's fully furnished and how much it's all going to cost.
We understand that it can be an intimidating time, and thankfully Fülhaus is here to help you millennials who are journeying out on your own for the first time with some surefire ways to avoid common pitfalls when living on your own for the first time. Today we’ll take a look at some of the most common mistakes that some millennials make when it comes to designing their first home, and how to avoid making them.
Being Too Focused On Trends
Whether it’s with fashion or interior design, everyone wants to be stylish and stay on-trend. And while it’s not a bad idea to want to keep up with what's hot right now, focusing way too much on today's trends could be a long-term mistake. Listen, we love millennial pink as much as you, but there’s a good chance that your walls won’t look great a few years from now.
Trends mostly always look good, but try and keep them minimal or use them as highlights rather than as a focus. Finding timeless and classic pieces of furniture or decor for your home, like a vintage rug, and building around them with trendy lamps or decor is a good place to start. Thanks to the option of renting furniture, buying a sofa in an in-style colour isn’t the end of the world because you can send it back after a month (depending on your plan), but don’t look to paint your walls with something that’s too saturated as it could end up aging very badly, forcing you to have re-paint in a few years.
Buying All New Furniture
Buying furniture is one of those expenses that you know you have to do, but can turn into a nightmare. Finding pieces that are both within your budget and that you see yourself owning for a long time can be a tedious and, ultimately, a big challenge. It’s ok to have one big piece you want to invest in, but we’re here to tell you that there are far more attractive options you can seek out for the rest of your new home.
While it might be tempting to get some used furniture from your friends or family, or hop online and find used furniture that people are selling, settling for things you have no choice in isn't the way to reflect your style in your home. A better option that might not be the most obvious is to seek out a monthly rental plan. Renting furniture can also save you money early on, and another advantage is that you can choose from a variety of stylish and durable furniture, something that you can’t do if you’re looking to buy secondhand. Companies, like Fülhaus, offer complete furnishing packages that are already styled so all you have to do is pick a look, or create your own, and the furniture compatible with that style will be picked for you.
Taking Everything From Social Media
Your place should be your based on you and your style, and while everyone is always showing off on Instagram, you should not completely design your place based on something you’ve seen in your timeline. It might be tempting to make your living room look exactly like a Pinterest board, but a lot of the products people pin could be out of your price range or just not go with how you want your place to look. Things can look good, but just not be for you.
We’re not saying that you shouldn’t be taking any inspiration from social media, but don’t design or furnish your place completely from something you see on your feed. It’s good to scroll through accounts to stimulate creativity and get inspired by some of the cool things you see, and the Fülhaus Instagram account can help you there, but don’t just copy someone’s style. Your place should be one that you not only feel comfortable in, but it should also reflect your personality. Be confident in what you want and don’t try too hard to replicate something you’ve seen online just because it looks good in someone else's space.
Millennials are sometimes known for taking the easy way out, but when it comes to a new apartment or home, cutting corners isn’t always the best solution. Hopefully, we’ve been able to help you make some solid decisions when designing your first home but if you have any questions about renting furniture or furniture packages, you can always contact us at Fülhaus for more information!