Tips for Decorating Your New Place After Divorce

“To start out in your new home, just keep things simple”

Divorce leaves a lot of people homeless. Especially men who are usually the ones to move out of the marital home.

Finding a new dig and furnishing it can be daunting if you let it. But it can also be a lot of fun and easy if you keep things simple.

The key starting out is to start with certain basics. Like a neutral palette. White. Off white. A pastel yellow, pink or blue. Gray. Gray is always a safe bet because it is classy, cool, soothing and neutral. So you can’t go wrong with gray walls or furniture – from an aesthetic perspective. Of course, you could be one of those people who find gray a little bit too dull. After a divorce, you may find that you want a little bit more color in your life. Nothing wrong with that. Always go for what your mind tells you it needs. The right surroundings, including the colors are key to helping you recover from the trauma of your divorce.

Other than the palette, obviously, you need furniture. Again, start with the basics. Get a sofa. you will need to sit and you may have guests (including family and even your kids) and they will need to sit. A classic sectional is always a good investment, unless you don’t have kids in which case you can even get away with not getting a couch and just getting a love seat instead.

You will need a table to eat on and a couple of chairs for the table. This is not very complicated to find. If you are so inclined, just buy it at IKEA. In the kitchen, hopefully it has all the appliances already installed and all you need to do is get some pots, pans, forks, spoons, plates and cups.

Other optional items include a coffee table, a lamp, a book shelf, a TV, a bed and a couple of area rugs (one for the bedroom and one for the living room). If you really want to splurge, get some pictures to hang up, wall paper, a blanket or two to throw over the arm of the chair or couch and a chandelier.

And voilà. You have a sexy, classy, new place to live.
See? And you thought it would be complicated to start over in your own place after a divorce. Not!
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