Find yourself scouring Pinterest for home decoration ideas? Amazed by the truckload of interior designing ideas for your new home? Thinking of all the money you can save by DIY-ing your dream home design?

Hold your excitement.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s great that you’re embarking on this journey towards your new home. You’re overwhelmed with ideas and can’t wait to get start. But be cautious: amidst trying to save money, you might end up making costly novice mistakes.

It’s not that you can’t get great inspirations for your home through the internet. Thing is, with so many tips and tricks available, how do you tell which idea will succeed? How do you personalise your home without committing unforgivable mistakes?

Fret not, help is a scroll away.

Painting the walls first

If you just got the keys to your new house and are ready to start painting – wait.

Paint with caution – especially when using dark colours!

You may be making an unfavourable call, especially if you’re deciding on paint colour even before surveying for furniture.

Picking furniture based on your wall colour can be tricky. The colour you want may not be in season, or in stock. Finding matching pieces to go with the colour of bigger furniture items like your sofa or dining table may be tough.

Do: Shop for your furniture first. Decide on colours and varying pieces and accents. Once you’ve made your pick, choose the paint colour that’ll work well with all the different shades. Get painting before your furniture gets delivered.

Matching all the colours

If you were to tell a home makeover expert that your living room is all blue – you might see a cringe on her face. Or, worst, imagine walking into a room with everything adorned in brown. You get the drift.

Mix and match patterns and colours to make your room stand out.

Do: Instead of matching everything, go for pieces that capture attention. Purchase signature pieces that are bold and in contrasting colours to your furniture. These also make great conversation starters when guest visit your place! Just make sure you don’t get carried away with too many colours and patterns – the idea is to make your home look lived-in, not stand out like an eyesore.

Not tying up loose ends

While a lot of us tend to focus on bigger statement pieces at home, we tend to overlook tiny details when renovating our homes. These loose ends might be the most troublesome to work out in the future, so paying special attention to them earlier will be better.

During renovation ensure floorboards are secured and wires are not exposed.

Do: Get down to the nitty-gritty. Where will you need cable points so they’re not exposed to young children or your guests? Figure out where your home needs the more light so you can add bulbs at the right places and not end up being in the dark!