If you have just moved into a new home, the thought of decorating and remodeling can be daunting. Decorating should be fun, and if you can take it one step at a time you will be amazed at how quickly you can transform your new home. Here are five ways to start small, but to make your new home your own:

1. Start with Paint

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to individualize your look and upgrade your home. If your home is newer or came freshly painted, you can still add an accent wall here or there. If cabinets or doors are older wood or need a boost, you can paint these to freshen up the overall look.

2. Update Fixtures

Sink and shower fixtures, along with knobs and cabinet pulls, can all be updated and give you a unified look throughout your home. If fixtures are outdated, this is a great way to bring in a more modern look. This is can be a DIY project that you can do with materials from the hardware store.

3. Bring in Greenery

Whether you have an entire yard to landscape, or a patio to add planters and hanging plants to, bringing in some foliage will personalize the outside of your home. Making your outdoor areas look more inviting, start small with a plant or two at entryways. Slowly expand your look when you have the time or when weather permits.

4. Furnishings and Overall Look

If your furniture and decor is all over the place, strive for a more cohesive look. Sit down and really decide what you like and what can go. In the long run, you can make sure to source new furnishings that match, while slowly filtering out those that aren't a great fit.

5. Shading and Lighting

Make efforts to protect parts of your home from sunlight, or bolster lighting in areas that may be in the dark. Source window coverings for your needs that can help keep out or bring in light. For darker areas, low level lighting, extra lamps and mirrors can bring a cozy feel that will be more forgiving to your space than overhead lighting.

Just remember that you don't need to do everything at once. Trends for home and garden are always changing, and anything that you do today can be changed or upgraded in the future. Have fun with your new home and don't be overwhelmed with projects. Take them one at a time to slowly personalize your new home.