If you have just purchased a new home you may be mentally decorating your home, looking at magazines and websites for ideas and preparing for the big move. A new home is an opportunity to start over, try a fresh style or put your own style into a new space. It can feel overwhelming to decorate a new home and you may be wondering where to start. These five steps may help give you some direction when decorating your new home. First, you will want to begin by evaluating what you currently have. Do you have a chair with a broken leg that has been sitting in the attic for years? It may be time to move on and donate or throw it away. But, maybe you have a lamp that has been sitting in the attic that you forgot about and could look great in a room in your new house. Or maybe the table you have been using in your living room would look great in your new master bedroom. Before you throw something away or donate it, consider if it can be used or repurposed in a different way in your new home. You never know, something you may have grown tired of or forgotten could be your new favorite piece of decor when used differently. Now that you know what you will be keeping and what you will be getting rid of, it is time to consider what new items you may want or need to purchase. But, do not rush out and buy everything at once. You may want to create a vision for your new space. It will allow you to slowly add piece by piece while still keeping your vision in mind throughout. The space will be able to remain cohesive but you won’t drain your savings in one shot. Also, when purchasing new and creating your vision, resist the urge to make everything match. Choose a color palette and coordinate decor within the palette. The space will feel more inviting and less contrived when things coordinate instead of match. Next, you will want to use paint. Paint is your best friend because it is cheap, easy and makes a big impact. Paint can set the tone for the room with a bold choice or keep a room calm with a neutral palette. Lastly, when decorating your new home, find a balance between comfort and style. While you want your new home to be chic and beautiful, you also want it to be functional. Your house is a home, not a show room and you want to be comfortable living in your new space. Don’t let the stress get to you, enjoy the decorating process and relax in your new and beautiful home.