This is a guest post by Deanna Reid
You've bought your dream home in the Rocky Mountains. It is a blank slate awaiting your own personal design to turn it into the ultimate mountain retreat. You don't have to be a professional interior designer to make your house into a home. Here are some great tips for decorating your mountain home.
Begin with the outside of your home, because first impressions are so important. Dress up the front porch with some rocking chairs and a table. Add a porch swing. Choose a wreath to place on the door that reflects your personality and invites visitors to come on in. For a finishing touch, add some greenery that can survive the cold winters.
Not sure where to even begin on the interior design? Try looking at thought-provoking ideas on Pinterest or Houzz. There you can see rooms that you like and use them as a reference point for your shopping trips. Visit some local artists or shops and choose an inspiration piece that you love--maybe a painting, statue, or piece of furniture. Design your room around the colors and style of the element you chose. Inspiration can also be found outdoors in the beauty of nature that surrounds your new residence.
You want your home decor to be pleasing to the eye, but the most important aspect is that it is comfortable. It is not enjoyable for you or your guests to have furniture that is stunning if sitting on it is like resting on concrete. Test every potential purchase before buying. Sit on the chairs and couches, take a spin on the bar stools, take your shoes off and walk across the rugs, and open the packages to feel the bedding before investing in the linens. People may look at you strangely while you are shopping, but that moment of discomfort will pay off in the long run.
At the end of the day, trends and the latest styles do not matter. Your mountain home should be a reflection of you and a haven that you can't wait to return home to every night.