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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Four Home Décor Rules You Can Break

“Never mix and match fabrics on your furniture”
“Only pick one main color for your décor scheme”
“Carpets and kitchens don’t mix”

It seems like every facet of life has its own special rules, and in the world of interior design there are tons of them.  People who are decorating their home for the first time feel the need to follow the supposed iron clad rules of home décor, but doing by the book decorating could leave you with a home that lacks a special style.  There’s a saying that states that rules are made to be broken, so when you’re doing your next big décor project, feel free to do some rule breaking by forgoing these home décor “rules”.

Only use one shade of wood in a room

In the past home decorators would faint at the site of oak and mahogany in the same room, but there’s 
nothing wrong with mixing different types and shades of wood.  Having one of your rooms decorated in a one color format makes the area look very neat, but it also can make it seem a little dull.  You want your new décor to stand out, and if every wall, table, and floor is paneled with the same wood, your house guests will barely notice it.  Mixing woods can give your home a vibrant yet earthy look, and it also helps make certain décor pieces stand out.

Your living room MUST have a couch

Nobody knows when it was decided that couches go in living and family rooms like rugs and runners, but now couches have a de facto place in nearly every sitting area.  Couches provide a nice big area to sit on, but they can also take up a lot of space.  Setting up arm chairs, recliners, sitting cushions, and other eclectic chairs can give your room a fun and cozy atmosphere.  Feel free to put a couch in any of your rooms; just don’t feel like you have to put them anywhere.

Only use one furniture style for your room

If you want a Queen Anne style chair in your dining room, every other chair, table, cabinet, and piece of furniture doesn’t need to be in Queen Anne style.  Many people choose to only use one furniture style in their home because they love the look, but it is no longer a home décor sin to mix and match furniture styles.  Feel free to have an early American arm chair next to your Art Nouveau coffee table.  The contrasting styles can give your room a sophisticated yet wild feel.

Put small furniture in small rooms

If you’re concerned about having enough space in your smaller rooms you should feel free to only decorate with small furniture.  If you’re only using small furniture in your small room because you read the rule in Better Homes and Gardens, it’s time to break free of the décor rule book.  Many interior designers use small furniture in small rooms to make the room appear more spacious, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting a large couch in your small family.  Choose a large piece of furniture and make it the focus of your small room.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Three Simple, Yet Common, Décor Mistakes People Make

Re-decorating your home can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be stressful if you aren’t prepared.  Some people have big ideas about how they want their new rooms to look, but sometimes their ideas end up working better on paper than they do in their home.  If you’re going to be taking on a big redecorating project in your home, make sure you don’t make these common mistakes.
Using special toilet rugs in bathrooms
It’s pretty common for home owners to want to cover up some of the cold tile in their bathroom with large rugs.  Bathroom rugs can make the floor warmer and add a splash of color to your bathroom, but if you want to keep that rug for a while you should avoid buying rugs that are cut to fit snuggly around the toilet.  If your toilet overflows or leaks your rug will be ruined pretty quickly.  If you want a rug for your bathroom, look for a regular throw rug you can place away from the toilet.
Ignoring your foyer
If you have a home with a bare foyer, you’re missing out on some prime décor space.  The foyer is the first area your guests will see when they enter your home, and the space can be used to make a major décor statement.  You don’t want to add too many décor pieces to the area, all of them together could take up too much space and leave little room for your guests.  Think about painting an accent wall, hanging a picture, or using a potted plant or table to make a fresh look.
Using out of place décor schemes
The rest of your house may be subtly decorated, but you’ve always wanted to have at least one room that’s decorated with eye popping colors and flashy décor pieces.  That room may add a little “fun” to your home, but it will also look very out of place in comparison to the rest of your house.  Instead of making one room stand out, gradually add smaller décor elements to other places of the house to make your theme more unified.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Budget Décor 101: Four Inexpensive Room Improvements

When you’re short on money, decorating your home can seem like a nearly impossible task.  You think of all of the improvements you’d like to see made, but when you look at your wallet your heart sinks.  There are some decorating projects that cost home owners hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, but you don’t have to go into debt creating a new look for your house.  If you really want to make a dramatic change in your home, pick one thing in each room to redecorate.  If you do that you’ll be able to save a lot of money and make a big enough difference to change the look of your home.  Try out some of these tips on your favorite rooms.
Don’t: Get new cabinets and countertops
Do: De-clutter your cabinets and countertops, and find some of your favorite dishes and objects to display.  If you do this you’ll create a lot more open space in your kitchen and make it easier to cook.  You’ll also have the added benefit of displaying your favorite dishes and bowls.
Don’t: Retile the floor
Do: Replace inexpensive objects like shower curtains and bathmats for a more vibrant color or pattern.  Even the most stylish shower curtain and bathroom towels can’t cost a lot of money, and changing those simple objects can easily give your bathroom the new look you’ve been wanting.
Living room
Don’t: Get new furniture
Do: Choose an eye-catching décor piece to display in your living room.  Designer rugs can change the whole look of your living room, and so can new throw pills for furniture and a new painting to hang on the walls.
Don’t: Repaint your bedroom
Do: Find new bedding for your bed.  New comforters and sheets can give your room the new look you’ve been searching for, and you won’t have to spend a lot of money.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Family Friendly Décor: Three Stylish Ways To Decorate Your Family Home

Decorating your home was a challenge in your single days, but now that you have a family decorating has taken on a whole new level.  Along with making sure that your home is stylish, you also have to make sure that its kid friendly.  Big glass center pieces, white rugs, and pricey décor items are generally out of your scope, but that doesn’t mean that your home can only be decorated with items from Fisher Price.  There are a lot of ways stylish parents can decorate their homes in a kid friendly fashion, and you do it without having to spend a lot of money.  If you want to have a fabulous home and happy kids, make sure you follow these decorating tips.
Forget the fridge, pick up frames
If you have a budding artist in the family you probably have a lot of art work hanging on your fridge.  If you want to decorate your home with unique décor pieces, you should consider hanging your kid’s artwork on the walls instead of the fridge.  Find a few frames and pick some of your children’s best pieces and adorn your walls with them.  You’ll have some truly unique décor pieces, and your children will love feeling like they’re part of the décor process.
Use outdoor rugs indoors
You may have had your eye on some truly exquisite designer throw rugs, but the thought of seeing them covered in spilled juice and crayon marks make you cringe.  If you want a stylish throw rug that can withstand family friendly messes, consider using an outdoor rug to spice up your indoor space.  There’s no rule that says you can only use outdoor rugs outside.  Outdoor rugs are much easier to clean than indoor rugs, and since they were designed to withstand mother nature they can handle your young ones.
Say goodbye to pink and blue
When the time comes to decorate your children’s rooms, you may feel inclined to stick to pink items for your daughters and blue items for your sons.  It seems natural to stick with “gender appropriate” colors for your kids, but if you want to give their rooms a unique look break free of the blue and pink barriers. Consider using bright vibrant colors like yellow, orange, and green to give their space a unique look.  You’ll also save yourself a lot of money in future decorating costs in case you have another child that’s the opposite gender.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Four Tips For Making Big Décor Changes On A Small Budget

People can get the urge to redecorate their home from seemingly out of nowhere.  When some people feel the need to make an interior décor change they jump right into finding paint samples and buying new furniture.  Others choose not to do anything because they think that their budget won't allow it.  Decorating your home on a budget may seem difficult, but there are a lot of things you can do to make the process easier on your wallet.  If you're ready for a décor change, but need to stick on a budget, follow these easy and inexpensive home décor tips.


A new coat of paint can do wonders to change the look of a room, and it's absolutely essential for anybody who is decorating on a strict budget.  Paint and painting supplies are relatively inexpensive in comparison to other home decorating projects.  It's something you can easily do without a professional, and if you're fast you can have a whole new look for your room after a few hours of work.

Look for alternative merchandise

That brand new leather sofa that's advertised in your local furniture store may be out of your price range, but the floor model you're looking at may not be.  You can save a lot of money redecorating if you're okay with buying furniture on floor display or buying slightly damaged merchandise.  The "slightly damaged" label doesn't mean that something is broken beyond use.  A cabinet door with a squeaky hinge or black rugs were made with a slightly off color dye can earn the label.  Ask the store manager if they have any "as is" merchandise, and see if there's an item with minor damage they're willing to part with.

Get family and friends involved

Your friends and loved ones can help save you a lot of money on home decorating costs.  Instead of hiring a crew to rip out your old carpet, save money and ask a few friends for help.  If you have friends with carpentry and painting skills, ask for their help instead of hiring someone to do it for you.  You should also see if anyone you know if looking to get rid of furniture and décor items you can use.

Repurpose old items

You don't have buy brand new furniture if you want a décor change.  You can easily modify some items you already have to fit your décor style.  If you don't like the current color of your couch you don't have to buy a new one.  A new slip cover can give you the décor change you need without having to spend hundreds of dollars on a new piece of furniture.  Instead of buying a new end table, add a new coat of varnish and make it look like new again.

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Four Tips For Finding Your Interior Design Style

Do you feel like you want to change something in your home, but you aren't sure what it is?  Sometimes the urge try out a new paint color, experiment with some designer rugs, or even redecorate an entire room can come out of nowhere.  The home décor bug can be very contagious, but there are some people who want to revamp their style but they aren't sure how.  It can be difficult to translate your person style into interior design projects, but if you're having trouble there are some things you can do to make the entire process easier.

Study the current room

It may seem strange to figure out your new décor scheme by looking at what you already have, but the way your room is currently decorated can say a lot about your personal style.  Take a look at other rooms in your house so you can get a good idea of what colors and fabrics you're partial to.  This won't just help you get a better idea of what your personal style is; it'll also help you figure out what you don't want to replicate in your new design.

Imagine your dream home

Take a moment and think about your ultimate dream home.  What color are the walls?  Do you see a lot of paintings, or do you see pictures of your family and friends?  Are the floors made of beautiful tile, or are they covered in luxurious carpeting?  It may be awhile until you can afford your dream home, but you can get some decorating ideas from it. 

Think about items you've bought

What was the last item you purchased?  Maybe it was food, maybe it was clothing, or maybe it was something else entirely.  You may have purchased something because you needed it, but think about what you drew you to the item you bought.  If it was the color, think about using the color to decorate with.  If it was the texture or feel of it, you may want to get couches covered in the same fabric.

Look online

If you're having trouble finding your décor style, you may be able to get some ideas online.  Find interior design bloggers and see what they're posting about, or look for an online publication for interior designers to see what the pros are doing. 

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Home Décor 101: Four Common Mistakes People Make When They Decorate Their Home

Proper home décor isn't something you can learn overnight.  Some people have a natural flare for arranging furniture and figuring out which shades of colors go well together, but others have more of a difficult time decorating their homes.  Home décor isn't simple, and sometimes it can take a series of trial and error to figure out what works best for your home.  Everybody has their own unique home décor tastes, but there are some mistakes people tend to make when they're trying to redecorate their home.

Mistake #1: Letting one décor item dominate the entire décor scheme

Nearly every interior designer will tell you that you should have a main décor piece in your room to tie together your theme, but it is possible to have a main décor piece that distracts attention away from everything else.  If you want to avoid having once décor item dominate the entire décor theme, try to purchase items that go with the general color scheme in a room.  You can also avoid getting a décor piece that's very large, something medium sized like a painting or a few throw rugs can be enough.

Mistake #2: Making everything match

If you're going for a theme there are bound to be some things that will be the same color or have the same pattern, but if you make everything match you won't have the new décor look you were hoping for.  Rooms that are decorating with a single color don't look appealing and can give the room too much of a sterile look.  Try to find at least a few décor items that don't have the same look as everything else in the room.  A bold colored vase or a patterned throw rug can be all you need to keep your room from looking monochromatic.

Mistake #3: Awkward furniture arrangement

Furniture placement doesn't just change the look and feel of your home, it also helps direct foot traffic and helps your room flow.  Placing your couch at an angle may give your room a new look, but it could also block a walking path or make your room look a little awkward.  Before you move furniture into a room, consider how you can maximize the space in a room and create an open feeling. 

Mistake #4: Following décor fads

In the 1970s home owners across the country raced to put down shag carpeting and paint their walls brown and orange; and in the 1980s those same home owners put a lot of time and money into interior decorating projects.  Instead of looking for what's popular in home décor now, go for classic elements instead of new ones.  There's nothing wrong with wanting to try out a popular new paint color or getting a new carpet style, but if you transform your entire home to look like a hot new style you could regret it in a few years.

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