When first considering the best way to create a home from the house you've bought, you may tend to lump your DIY projects into several categories, from what's immediately necessary to what you'll do in the near future. By decorating with an eye toward the future, you can keep yourself motivated while also smoothing the transition when you finally get around to larger renovations. For example, if your new home contains carpet or tile that you know will be gone one day, you can paint and decorate in a way that incorporates both the current style and the one you plan to create.
A pastel pink accent wall may look fantastic with your buff-colored carpet now, but it could look pretty silly once you've installed those red Mexican tiles you've always wanted. And once you've exposed the vaulted ceilings or gorgeous hardwoods the previous owners decided to cover up, you're going to want a texture and color that shows off those new and exciting details to their best effect -- without adding an all-new paint job to the intense project you've taken on.