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seaurchin

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A youngster I know is getting her first apartment and will be getting the basics right away and the rest a bit at a time. The question she has is if it is better to get the basics- dishes, accessories, towels, shower curtain, bedding etc.- in neutrals like white and clear OR pick a color scheme right away even though she is not sure what she wants (or where she may be living a bit later on and what it will match next time) OR just enjoy getting whatever colors and patterns call to her and not worry about it too much.

It's been so long since I had such issues that I'm stumped too. But I think (possibly) that it's not a good idea to pick a color scheme you might not be sure about. And that white/clear maybe has a classier or calmer look or whatever you'd call it and is infinitely adjustable. BUT maybe not as much fun or interesting as going colorful and carefree.

What do you think?
 
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dk168

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The good things about soft furnishing is that they are not too expensive to replace as the colour trend and style changes through time, so pick what takes her fancy and afford now, and she can replace them with nicer things as her earning power increases.

My own preference for crockery has always been white and porcelain, easy to mix and match, and they show off the food better. Again, they are not too expensive to replace at a later date.

I would advise to spend more on the bigger items such as the sofa and bed, and get better quality right from the start.

Personal preferences and all that.

DK :))
 

MeowMeow

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I'd pick white and clear but that's because they can get dressed up later on when there's more money around.
 

winnietucker

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I like white. Goes with everything. When we first moved away only I had a job lined up so we bought cheap everything. Our dishes are from IKEA. Less than $1/ plate (they’re knock off corelle looking dishes) and have served us well! Only one broke.
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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Im allergic to whites, greys, creams and beige in any sort of home decor

Some say to pick the paint colour last to match your soft furnishings

as for dishes etc again violent allergic reaction to white
 

Polabowla

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White towels look dingy so fast imo.
I love dark ones, but according to my mother they're less absorbent. I wonder if that's still true nowadays.
 

MMtwo

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I live in neutrals. I find the soft transitional look very calming...so my answer is heavily influenced by my preferences. But with neutrals, you can accessorize and paint your way into a new look so much easier than adjusting a print into a new color scheme as time goes on.
 

Miss Marple

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For dishes, I’m a fan of either white or Fiestaware in multiple colors. For the record, our current dishes are Fiestaware in rainbow colors. Easy to replace with a random color if something breaks.
 

beatricecrummles

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Go for neutral colors more specifically white or light brown or light gray. These colors can easily be matched with accessories and furniture. It can blend in beautifully. Then if she finally decide then she can do mix and match to come up with her personal choice.
 

GoldenTouch

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White towels look dingy so fast imo.
I love dark ones, but according to my mother they're less absorbent. I wonder if that's still true nowadays.

I bleach my white towels (soak them) & my linen. They always look crisp.
 

partgypsy

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Honestly the first apartments I had most everything was hand-me-downs or dollar store level price. So things like shower curtains, dish towels, just get what strikes their fancy. When I was that age last thing I was thinking about was coordination of decor! Unless eclectic is a decor choice. One thing is true when I did "settle down" I got rid of all but a few favorite dishes etc and bought a set of corelle. Decade + later still look great. If they don't have a strong preference or for the things she doesn't feel strongly about then sure get neutrals or classic white. Maybe rather than thinking of colors, if there is a style she is drawn to (eclectic, cottage, minimalist, modern, coastal, traditional) get items that blend with that look.
 
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Aerielle Max

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Honestly the first apartments I had most everything was hand-me-downs or dollar store level price. So things like shower curtains, dish towels, just get what strikes their fancy. When I was that age last thing I was thinking about was coordination of decor! Unless eclectic is a decor choice. One thing is true when I did "settle down" I got rid of all but a few favorite dishes etc and bought a set of corelle. Decade + later still look great. If they don't have a strong preference or for the things she doesn't feel strongly about then sure get neutrals or classic white. Maybe rather than thinking of colors, if there is a style she is drawn to (eclectic, cottage, minimalist, modern, coastal, traditional) get items that blend with that look.

Im a fan and a lover of cottage designs :D I feel that it is very warm and nostalgic.
 

missy

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My favorite color scheme is blue and white. More white with a dash of blue. I hate anything beige or cream.

Give me blue and white any day, any way, and I am a happy camper in a happy and peaceful beautiful space. I find blue and white to be calming influences and colors that bring me joy.


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These rooms are not necessarily my style but just sharing as examples of blue and white. I prefer much less furniture and rugs in my rooms. I had trouble finding just what I wanted to share so using these purely for color combos and not as examples of what I find to be relaxing rooms. These are too cluttered for me. Though I love that kitchen!
 

Grymera

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First apartment, I think the best things to splurge on are:

- Quality down comforters, pillows and white sheets (monogrammed)
- White towels (monogrammed)
- Nice knives, pots and pans, maybe OXO kitchen tools
- Rugs (hand knotted wool, vintage orientals if that’s your style)
- Art that speaks to you

Basically, I’d think about splurging on items that can fit in a small car since early years are often so full of moves. I would get all linens professionally monogrammed. If monograms aren’t your thing, do white thread on the white linens. I picked a goldy-taupe color that looked amazing. You’ll have so many roommates, boyfriends, guests. It’s amazing how those ultra luxe towels can wander off if not monogrammed!

If this is a city the person is planning on staying in, some basic good quality furniture. A small armchair and ottoman.
 

ItsMainelyYou

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I need color, always have. Not bright, but a variety of pleasing tones. I didn't really care about being too designed. Honestly, still don't. The only thing I bought in the beginning that was somewhat incongruously expensive was bed/bedding. A great mattress and I need featherbeds, I usually layer two. If I don't expend effort climbing out- it's not squishy enough. Just help her get the higher quality basics for furniture, the rest should be fun.
 
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