Q: I just bought my first apartment and I have limited budget for furniture. Is there any advice you can give me on selecting furniture pieces with lasting value? A: Congrats on your new place! In my experience, many first time home buyers are eager to leave their own design mark when furnishing their first home. After years of living with white walls of a rental, they want to express themselves with color. There is a catch, though: that wildly patterned sofa might get old pretty quickly. If you crave color and pattern, you can go for interesting pillows, accessories and artwork, but keep your upholstery neutral and you will not get tired of it.