Archive for September, 2009

Sep 30 2009

Decorating Ideas & Inspiration

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Living RoomFinding the exact style you want can be difficult, whether you are moving into a new home or have decided to redecorate. The choices seem vast. Do you go with paint or wallpaper? Carpet or hardwood floor? Dark colors or light? There are literally hundreds of options to choose from when it comes to decorating your home.

It’s advisable to start by doing some research. It’s never a good idea to rush into the first idea you have for a room. After all, it may not work out or you might end up finding something you like a lot better. You need to figure out exactly what you’re looking for, and that means finding inspiration. Not sure where to look for your inspiration? Here are several ideas to get you started.

Decorating Books and Magazines
Thinking about wood office furniture for your home office but don’t know where to start? Visit your local library to look through its collection of decorating books and magazines. Plan to spend some time really looking over these books. Once you’ve narrowed down what you want, you can then take some of them home to really pick out your favorites. These books can be very inspirational and will also help you expand your knowledge about interior decorating. Keep in mind, however, that just because a picture or design is featured in a book does not mean its functional for every family. Simply take these ideas and images, and use them as inspiration in creating your own functional designs and style.

Design Shows on Television
If you get cable, you might want to consider watching channels such as HGTV every once in a while to get some new ideas or inspiration for your home like a wall of wood bookcases or a cherry dining set . There are plenty of shows broadcast at various times of the day that can at least give you some decorating ideas. Another benefit to watching design shows is that most of them will actually demonstrate how to do the things they’re suggesting, making it easy to replicate what you see at home.

Model Homes and Rooms
Explore your city and see if there are any home tours available or model-home showcases you can take a look at. If you’re really lucky, your city will have a model-home showcase in which top interior decorators get together to redecorate rooms and home. These homes are then opened to the public for a small fee, which is usually donated to charity. This poses an extraordinary opportunity to see some great work by interior decorators without having to pay for your own consultation.

Interior Decorator
If you can afford it, you can get great ideas by hiring an interior decorator to come to your home. You can get a lot of good advice during a simple consultation visit, and this doesn’t mean you have to hire the decorator to do the work. Interior decorators generally charge either an hourly price or a flat fee per visit. When you set up the appointment, be sure to ask how they charge and what the estimated total price might be.

You can find inspiration for decorating your home in so many different places. You might simply walk into a store and find a great piece of décor that sparks your imagination. Just remember to take your time and enjoy discovering your own personal style.

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Sep 29 2009

Decorating Any Room on a Budget

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Greene & Greene BedroomBelieve it or not, however small your budget, it is possible to bring new style to any room in your home. There are so many inexpensive ways to add style to your home, giving it a whole new look. Following are some great tips on decorating your home while sticking to your budget.

  1. Paint is the best way to spruce up a room on a tight budget. A couple of gallons of paint will run you less than $50 and can entirely change the look of your room. Bright or bold colors will add drama to the room, whereas more neutral colors will give it a more natural appearance. There are so many ways to use paint creatively. You might choose to paint only one wall an accent color, which will make that wall the focal point of the room. Try painting stripes or use a textured painting technique to add some real interest to the walls.
  2. . Another place you can make a big impact for little money is your windows. You can choose from a variety of different window coverings for any type of room. Even if you already have simple vertical blinds you don’t want to get rid of, a valance placed at the top of the window will add more drama to the area.There are so many creative ways to dress a window. Try taking sheer material and draping over a decorative curtain rod as a simple and inexpensive decorating idea. Another easy idea is long curtain panels tied back with thick ribbon or velvet.
  3. You can largely impact the look of a room by simply adding some accessories that will tie the room together. So often it’s the little things that count when it comes to décor. When used the correct way, accessories such as candles, photos, flowers, and baskets can add a lot to a room. For instance, adding a row of candles to an oak coffee table will give a room a more intimate feeling. Your kitchen might look more inviting with the simple addition of a vase of flowers. Even the simplest things, such as new towels in a bathroom, can make a huge difference.For those on a tight budget, shop flea markets and consignment stores for these types of items. You may spend a little more time shopping, but this can save you a ton of money, especially if you have your whole house to decorate.
  4. A simple strategy for a new look is to rearrange the furniture or pull items from one room and use them in another. If your budget is really tight, it makes sense to work with what you have. Always be on the lookout for pieces you can refurbish and add your own style to. Perhaps that old vase that used to hold flowers in the family room might be spray painted with a metallic finish and used as a centerpiece for the dining room table. Look carefully at the items you have and envision how you might change them to fit the style you’re looking for.

Just because you’re decorating doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of dollars. You’ll be surprised at how far $100 or $200 will get you in bringing style to your home on a tight budget.

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Sep 28 2009

6 Tips for Choosing Area Rugs for the Home

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Area RugThere are several different types of area rugs that are available, so how can you determine which one will work best in your home? Here are some helpful tips to remember when choosing area rugs for the home.

    1. The first thing that you need to do before you even try to choose the best possible area rug for a certain location in your home is determine how much traffic the location will get.High-traffic areas are going to get worn down much quicker and you may want to invest in a rug of higher quality that is more durable for this location. If it is a low-traffic area of the home, then you can depend more on your style taste and not so much about the quality and make of the area rug.
    2. Decide if the area rug is going to be the room’s focal point. If you want to use the rug as the focal point, then opt for one that has a design or pattern on it, to draw the eye to the rug. If you simply want an area rug to be in the background of the room, then choose a plain color rug or one with a very simple design.
    3. Other things that you may want to take into consideration are if you have pets or children. Pets can do really damage to area rugs, especially if they decide to make the rug their home. Think about buying area rugs that are stain resistant if you have children or pets.
    4. Always determine your budget before you even start shopping for the area rug. These types of décor items come in a wide variety of prices and you don’t want to overspend on a simple area rug. You can find some rugs for under $50 while high quality area rugs will set you back at least a few thousand dollars.
    5. If you are on a limited budget, then you may want to look for synthetic area rugs. You can tell if an area rug is synthetic if you look at the back of the rug and the fibers are not hand-knotted but instead are simply punched through just like carpets.

Although synthetic rugs won’t last as long as true wool rugs, they are much less expensive. If you have to replace them every other year, you can have a new style rug for that location and not have to spend that much money.

  1. When determining how large the area rug has to be, make sure that you are leaving space between the rug and the walls. You don’t want to have an area rug that juts right up against the walls in the room. Instead, there should be an even border on all sides between the rug and the wall.For example, if you want a rug for under your dining room table, measure an additional 4-5 inches out from the table on each side. This will ensure that there is enough room for the chairs to fit on the rug, but will also ensure that you have an even border around the walls of the room.

Area rugs can make a great addition to many different rooms in the home as long as you know what to look for and how to pick out the perfect rug for your home.

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Sep 24 2009

Decorating Ideas for the Master Bedroom

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Bedroom FurnitureWhen it comes to decorating, the master bedroom is often the most neglected room in the house. Sometimes homeowners simply run out of money or ideas after finishing the rest of the house, or perhaps they just never got around to bringing their own style to the room. Rather than waiting until you have the time or funds, consider the following quick-and-easy decorating ideas that will instantly add style to the master bedroom.

Decorating Your Walls
A simple change of paint color can take your bedroom in a whole new direction. Painting is not only easy and inexpensive, but it doesn’t take that much time. There are many different options to choose from when it comes to painting the master bedroom.

If you’re happy with your bedding, find a shade that complements existing colors. Or if you’re considering new bedding, you can go with the color scheme of your choice. You might also opt for an easier route and paint an accent wall;  a good choice might be the one your bed is against.

Another quick decorating tip is to hang a painting on one wall. Choose whatever type of painting best fits the décor of the room. You might even try hanging a couple of different smaller paintings on the same wall in a random pattern. Paintings and photographs can be found at your local department store or even at discount stores.

Choosing Your Bedding
The focal point of any bedroom is the bed. If you’re not set on a particular décor, start with the bedding first. You can see what’s available at your local stores, or even browse online for different bedding ideas.

Don’t spend a lot of money on your bedding set; you can always find something simple to add to it. A great way to add some color or texture to your bed is with pillows. For instance, inexpensive throw pillows will add design and interest to a plain bedding set. For a romantic look, you can even create a canopy around your bed by hanging tulle or silk from the ceiling.

Adding Accessories
Begin by removing any clutter that may be on top of any furniture in the room such as dressers or nightstands. Remember, it’s a lot easier to decorate a room when you’re not looking at a mess. Put away any items you want to keep in drawers and then get rid of whatever else you don’t need.

Once you can see your furniture, you’ll be able to determine the best places to add accessories to your room. For instance, a unique lamp might make a great addition to a nightstand, whereas candles or a vase of flowers might be the perfect touch for the dresser.

Decorating a master bedroom can be a surprisingly simple process. By adding simple design touches here and there, you can create a space that is entirely your own.

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