Posted by Amy Busse in Cincinnati, Home Design

If you’re a first-time homeowner still looking at empty rooms and blank walls and wondering how to fill your new space, we’ve got 3 interior design tips for beginners to decorate your home with beautiful, personalized style you’ll love coming home to!

1. Don’t Go Overboard With Decorating

The biggest mistake a lot of people make is overdoing it with their home décor. When in doubt, less is more.

Remember that you can add in decorative elements over time, so start small and gradually fill the space if you need to (this is easier on your budget, too).

If you can’t choose between several of your favorite design pieces, follow these rules:

  • Stick to 2–3 colors in a room (such as white, grey, and gold accents)
  • Opt for understated wall and table décor (stick to odd-numbered amounts)
  • Don’t overcrowd the space with furniture

Cream and Brown Owner's Suite

2. Choose a Focal Point for the Room

Each room should draw the eye to one centralized focal point—like a piece of art.

Choose something like an accent wall, a large plant (fake or real), a metallic chest of drawers, or a faux fur throw.

Or, if you’re feeling confident, choose a couple of these that work together!

Bedroom With Floral, Modern Wallpaper and Metallic Accents

If you’re decorating an open-concept space in your home, carry colors and themes from the kitchen through to the living room and dining area for a cohesive look.

Open-Concept First Floor With Blue Decorative Elements

3. Stick With Your Favorite Decorating Style

If you don’t know what your interior decorating style is yet, stop what you’re doing and get that settled first!

Once you know which design style is best for you, create room boards on Pinterest and Houzz by searching the name of your style preference.

Reference these inspiration photos as you shop and pair pieces together, scaling each piece to your room's size.

Loft Home Office

A parting bonus tip: feel free to break a rule once in a while if it’s something that truly brings you joy. Make sure you’re happy with everything you chose and feel at home in every room. Happy decorating!


Amy Busse
Amy Busse


As the Design Studio Manager in Cincinnati, Amy brings years of experience, expertise, and knowledge to her role. She has been with M/I Homes since 2014 and has helped many homebuyers design their home from start to finish. Her time in the home building industry began in 2003, and ever since, she has had a passion for turning a buyer’s dream into reality! She enjoys utilizing her creative abilities to transform an idea into a finished product. From color palettes to features and more, Amy has a talent for crafting a modern, polished look that is unique to each buyer. Her knowledge of interior design, the latest trends, and high quality products makes her one of the best resources in the industry!

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