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Passing the Time with Pinterest: Décor Dreams During Your Property Purchase

As conveyancing solicitors, we spend a great deal of time fielding emails and calls from people who would like to have moved into their new home a week last Tuesday. Can you blame them? We can’t. Buying property can be a long, tedious process, and at some points it can feel like there’s no light at the end of the home buying tunnel.

If you’re in this situation, you’ll need to find some ways to fill the time. As much as you might think it’ll help to email your solicitor three times a day, if you’ve chosen the right one they’ll already be doing everything they can to move things along. Unfortunately, sometimes there are unavoidable delays, and there’s nothing you can do but sit back and hope for the best.

Of course, we’re not legal automatons, so we do appreciate that being patient can be hard work. If you’re looking for something to keep you busy, perhaps you could start thinking about your décor plans for if and when you do move in?

Now, consider this your serious reminder that not all house purchases work out the way we want them to. It’s all very well popping on our rose-coloured glasses and imagining that every transaction has a happy ending, but that’s just not always the case. So, though we think distracting yourself from the stress of house buying purgatory with design and décor ideas can be really helpful, we do want to emphasise the importance of sticking to general plans that might work for whichever property ends up being your next home.

Okay, now we’ve got the sensible caveats out of the way we can jump right back to the fun part: thinking about how you’ll make your new place your own. Whether you’re a bold floral wallpaper type or a muted neutral type, it’s likely there’ll be at least a few rooms in the new property that could do with a makeover.

Our pal, artist Ruth King, bought a new home last year and, as you can imagine, filling her new pad with art was one of her first priorities. We asked her for some tips, and here’s what she had to say:

Once you’ve unpacked all the boxes, put your furniture in place, organised 1,001 different things and recovered from the sleepless nights leading up to completion day, your attention might just turn to your blank walls. What better way to add personality than with some art? All the better if it’s an original piece, as it will be completely unique to you and your home.

There’s a piece of art out there for you whatever your style. Perhaps you’ve moved into a new build and would love a large, neutral abstract piece full of texture to add some warmth to the space. Or perhaps you’ve just bought a seaside cottage and would love a bold seascape that connects your home to the local area.

Whatever your preferences, original art expresses your taste and sets your home apart in a way mass-produced pieces just can’t. Art has an incredible ability to influence the ambiance and mood of a room. Choose something with a wow-factor you love and you’ll smile every time you see it.

Feeling inspired, yet? We love the idea of planning the décor of your new space around a statement piece of art or two. And, if nothing else, spending time browsing art and décor ideas on Pinterest, Instagram and Etsy will probably be quite a calming way to fill the time between survey and search results.

If you’d like to start by checking out Ruth’s own work (along with a couple of glimpses of her lovely new home) you can find her on Instagram at @RuthKingArt. Ruth King – ARTIST (@ruthkingart) • Instagram photos and videos

Equally, if you’d like to talk to us about buying a property and just how much time it could take, please give us a shout. We may not know much about original art, but we do know an awful lot about conveyancing.

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