Have you ever noticed how some people seem to have a knack for creating inviting rooms? One of the joys of owning your own home is having the freedom to decorate a room to please yourself. The only problem is, most of us don’t even know where to start! Today I am sharing with you some simple tips on re-arranging a room that can make the difference between “okay” and “wow!” Before you start your room re-arrangement, first empty the room completely. Take down all the wall décor and remove any rugs. Now, look at the room as if you are seeing it for the first time. Consider what activities you want to take place in the room. Let form follow function. The number one mistake people make is to push all the furniture back against the walls of a den or living room. This makes conversation difficult and creates a walkway through the middle of the conversation area. Try pulling your furniture out into the room into a cozy grouping for conversation. Experiment with placing the seating group at an angle instead of neatly lined up with the walls. A rug and a coffee table can anchor the seating […]
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If you are feeling a lack of color and vibrancy in your décor, but don’t have a lot of time or money to put into redecorating, you can still make a big difference. Adding a splash of exciting accent color to any room is simple and affordable, and can be done without any major changes to your current décor. Choose A Color Based on the main colors that now exist in your room, choose the accent color or colors you would like to add. It is usually best to stick to one color or family of colors when adding bold accents to a room to prevent them from fighting with each other for attention. If your room is very neutral, your choices are wide open. You can go with just about anything from yellow to blue. If your room has a lot of greens, consider a complementary color such as dark red or bright yellow. If your room has a lot of beige and brown tones, look for bright oranges, reds, or even blue. A great way to decide is to grab some paint chips from your local home improvement store and see how each color looks. From Cushions To […]
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Let’s face it. There are two kinds of people in the world—those who have a knack for being creative and those who are seriously lacking in decorating skills. The good news is that it doesn’t matter which category you are in because there’s always something new to be learned. If you want to know how to add some new life to your home without spending a fortune, here is how to get started. Spruce Up Your Walls If you need a quick and affordable way to decorate your otherwise bare walls, consider adding a square of your favorite gift wrap to a standard photo frame and hanging it on the wall. Not only will this look great, but it will also save you a bundle of money when compared to the cost of traditional artwork. Lighten Up If you are tired of looking at a plain lampshade, consider adding some pizzazz by purchasing tassel fabric at your local craft store and affixing it to the trim. This will create a designer look and, best of all, won’t cost you a fortune. A Little Paint Can Go Along Way If you have an old drawer set that’s simply gone out of […]
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A home is a place where we create precious memories with those that we love, which is why photos are a big part of what makes a house into a home. Pictures have a way of transporting you to another time and place through memories that are forever recorded and can be framed for all to see. If you are hanging pictures in your home, make sure that you keep in mind a few simple tips to keep your images picture perfect. Keep It Together Group similar photos together for a customized collage look. When you put photos with the same theme or pattern together, you give the appearance of a framed print collection. The Significance Of Support When hanging photos, the hooks that you use should be able to hold a minimum of four times the weight of the frame. This will help ensure that the hook is strong enough to hold up over time, plus you won’t have to worry about the accidental breakage of your glass frames. Be Level Use a level to make sure that your photos are straight and look pleasing to the eye. In addition to a level, there are a number of tools […]
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Whether it is a romantic dining room or a home office, finding the right lighting for each space in your home is essential to making it functional and inviting. So what should you consider when choosing lamps or lighting fixtures to ensure they will provide the right kind of light for your space, while still fitting in with the décor of the room? Function Before Fashion Naturally you want your lighting choices to match and complement the décor of your home. If they aren’t the right functional choice for the space they will call home, your initial infatuation with them will likely fade. For work spaces such as kitchens or offices, be sure your lighting will provide ample brightness while being easy on the eyes. For rooms such as the living room or dining room, you’ll want to consider lighting sources that are adjustable to allow for relaxation and a romantic atmosphere, as well as the ability to work and play with enough light to see. It is also important to consider the financial and environmental impact of the lighting you use. Using energy efficient bulbs and dimmers can reduce your carbon footprint and your electricity bill. Size Matters! If […]
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