Many of you have been asking for a tutorial on decorating in Stardew Valley, so in this article, I’ll introduce some interior decorating knowledge and tips for those who are interested. Let’s dive in!
Upgrading Your Cabin
First, let’s talk about the basics of housing. When we first enter the game, we only have one room. As we progress and accumulate more money and resources, we can visit Robin to upgrade our cabin. Our cabin can be upgraded three times.
The first upgrade requires 450 wood and 10,000 gold, adding a kitchen and a room as well as changing our single bed to a double bed. This means that we can only buy a Mermaid’s Pendant and propose to an NPC after upgrading our room at least once and meeting the requirements for marriage. If you’re unsure about how to date and marry in the game, check out my marriage tutorial.
The second upgrade requires 150 hardwood and 50,000 gold, adding two rooms: a nursery and an empty room. After the second upgrade, if we’ve been married for at least seven days and our spouse’s affection is at ten hearts or above, there’s a 5% chance each day of having a child.
The third upgrade requires 100,000 gold and adds a cellar, where we can place casks for aging cheese and wine. Aged cheese and wine can be sold at higher prices, but because the process takes a long time, I don’t recommend building the cellar in the early stages of the game. Instead, wait until you have spare money to upgrade.
Some of you may wonder why your upgraded cabin layout is different from others. After the second upgrade, Robin will offer an option to remove or add specific parts of the farmhouse, such as the crib, the southern bedroom, and the corner room. The small room on the far right will only appear after marriage when our spouse moves their belongings in. With the basics covered, let’s discuss decoration.
Decorating Your Home
Decorating in Stardew Valley involves wallpapers, flooring, and furniture. Individual wallpapers and flooring can be purchased daily from Pierre’s General Store and the JojaMart. Furniture can be bought from Robin or the traveling cart, with random items for sale each day. However, I don’t recommend buying individual items for decoration, as it’s challenging to find the perfect style and achieve the desired effect. Instead, I suggest investing in the Wallpaper Catalogue and the Furniture Catalogue. The Wallpaper Catalogue can be purchased for 30,000 gold at Pierre’s General Store, while the Furniture Catalogue is slightly more expensive, costing 200,000 gold from Robin. After buying both Catalogues, we can access all wallpapers, flooring, and furniture, with unlimited use at no additional cost.
Using Wallpapers and Flooring
Using wallpapers, flooring, and furniture is simple. Left-click on the area you want to decorate with wallpaper or flooring, but note that each piece can only cover one area. If you want to decorate the entire room, you’ll need multiple wallpapers and flooring.
For furniture, right-click to adjust the direction place it in the desired position. To place items on tables, simply right-click on the table area with the item selected.
Tips for Decorating Your Home
Now, some of you might wonder why your large room doesn’t look good, no matter how you decorate it. So, I’ve gathered a few tips I’ve found helpful when decorating. However, keep in mind that everyone’s taste is different, so what I find appealing might not be the same for you. These tips are merely for sharing ideas.
Maintain a Consistent Decorating Style
First, try to maintain a consistent decorating style. A common issue is using different styles and color schemes for wallpapers and flooring in separate rooms, which can lead to an incoherent overall style. While there are successful examples of mixing styles, it can be challenging for beginners. If you want a simple way to achieve a great look, consider sticking to a single style, such as rustic, luxurious, or even barn-like.
Remember That Less Is More
Second, remember that less is more. Many players, myself included, can be overwhelmed by the variety of items in the wallpaper and furniture Catalogue. We want to showcase every piece we love, but this can lead to clutter, which may look good in the short term but can cause visual fatigue over time. Try to minimize the number of items and focus on a more streamlined look.
Be Creative with Flooring and Wallpapers
Third, be creative with flooring and wallpapers. You might think that indoor decorations should only use indoor styles, but that’s not the case. For example, you can create a courtyard or a beach resort feel in a room by using flooring that mimics grass or sand and wallpapers that simulate the ocean or a sunset. Although it might seem odd at first, the overall effect can be stunning once everything is in place.
Make Use of Crafted Items
Fourth, make use of crafted items. Once you have the Catalogue, don’t forget that placing crafted items in your cabin can create unique effects. Items like flooring, fences, grass seeds, and even coffee can add depth to your decoration. Flooring can help to separate areas, grass seeds can simulate outdoor environments, and coffee or beer placed on tables can create a cozy atmosphere.
Use # Divider Wisely
Lastly, use divider wisely. With multiple rooms and areas, it’s a good idea to create clear divisions. If your room’s flooring doesn’t match, try using floor divider to create a more natural transition. To separate areas, consider using fences, which can easily create layers and clear boundaries. Clear divisions can help make the overall decoration look much more appealing.
Decorating your Stardew Valley home can be a fun and rewarding experience. It allows you to showcase your creativity and make your cabin feel like home. Remember, these tips are just suggestions, and the most important thing is to have fun while decorating your cabin in Stardew Valley. With some time and effort, you can create a cozy and stylish cabin that you’ll be proud to call your own. Happy decorating!