You see it all the time in retail discount stores: Color coordinated decor for just about anywhere in your home. And some of the designs are quite pretty. In fact, some people become obsessed by them. They’re usually really cute, come in a variety of colors, shades, patterns and designs, and they just plain make decorating easy. There’s no guesswork – everything is matched for you automatically. But there’s also no unique style. No sense of “you” in the finished style. If you mix and match styles up a bit though, you’ll end up creating something that’s just right for you, your home, and your style preferences. Here are a few tips on doing that.
1. It’s OK to start with a “cookie cutter” design style, pattern, or color theme you’ve found in a general store. These are actually great starting places for getting new decor ideas.
2. Try choosing just one or two matching items from the store. For instance, let’s say you plan to decorate your bathroom in a sea green color scheme. You’ll find plenty of really nice shower curtains to fit this color scheme well, so choose one you like. If you
In these days of deadlines and time limits, shower enclosures are an increasingly popular option. Jumping in the shower is a time-saving alternative to a long soak in the tub, so having a shower enclosure fitted in your bathroom can transform your daily routine. As well as providing a practical function, a shower stall enclosure can look sleek and modern, adding a touch of style to your home.
To help create a feeling of openness and spaciousness, an all glass shower enclosure can be the perfect choice. Shower stall enclosures made from tempered safety glass can let the light shine through, brightening up your shower times! Clear glass is great if you have some decorative bathroom tiles you want to show off. Alternatively, for the more modest, there is a selection of colored, moldered and etched glass patterns. A frameless shower enclosure offers an up to date look, which also benefits from being easier to keep clean than the more traditional framed option. Simply use a squeegee to remove water droplets to prevent mold growth.
When looking at bathroom shower enclosures, do not be afraid to ask manufacturers for their advice on which style would fit
The Basic Role of Pictures
Wall art plays an important role in interior design as it helps create the ambience of a room. By cleverly placing wall pictures in certain ways, you can change and create a new look and feel in a room.
The role wall pictures play in interior design are:-
- pictures, mirrors or other ornamental accessories on walls help make the room look ‘lived in’ and they also inject your personality into the room;
- color pictures and prints help connect with the rooms accent;
- pictures help absorb noise in a room, otherwise a room with totally bare walls will sound empty and will have an echo;
- pictures and prints can help enhance or change a room’s ‘look and feel’.
How to Lengthen a Room
If you have a small room in your house, you can easily achieve the illusion of length. This can be done in two ways. If you like bold statements then simply paint a couple of horizontal lines in a bold color across the middle of the wall in which you want to lengthen. These lines then naturally create the illusion of increased length in the room. An alternative way
Dividing the room into different use areas is a great way to break up the space. Obviously a fireplace is a great focal point. Keep seating in front of it perpendicular (i.e. sofas facing each other with ottoman or coffee table in between) or L-shaped. Don’t forget to put a small table at each end of the couch/love seat with table lamps and space for a drink and a book.
Next, create a gaming area either for board games or cards. A square or round table with 2 – 4 chairs and a pendant light/chandelier is all you need. Add a floor lamp nearby for more ambient lighting. If not for games, how about adding a bistro set for light dining or morning coffee?
I would take advantage of windows and their light by building or improvising a window seat. Use a large bench or settee or even a loveseat right under the window. Add a long cushion (you could even recover a body pillow!) and some coordinating throw pillows, and your reading spot is ready! Keep an end table
Having trouble getting a room in your home to have that certain charm you’re looking for? Searching for that perfect painting, sculpture, or table lamp can often be time-consuming, pricey, and/or lead to fights with your spouse. But, one simple and often overlooked way to add harmony to any room is with fresh cut flowers.
Flowers immediately draw attention and come in all sorts of colors, shapes, and prices. Best of all, they offer a way to change the look of a room every week. For example, if you want to liven things up get some bright orange and yellow gerbera daisies. If you want to create a romantic mood, go with traditional red roses. For a more serene setting, purple trachelium or blue hydrangea work well. Soft pastels can help create a caring, nurturing atmosphere.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with more unusual flowers like lisianthus, peonies, or ranunculus and see what works for you. A “garden” bouquet consisting of many types of flowers can add a country-like feel to a room while a “European-style” bouquet of 2-3 types of flowers can add elegance and sophistication. Items from around the house such as water pitchers,
White furniture is popular amongst homeowners for its ability to provide a clean and elegant finish to any home interior design. Unfortunately, white is one of the most difficult colors to keep in pristine condition. If you have children or pets in your household, then the difficulties of keeping furniture clean multiply. The chemical cleaners that you use on the furniture will depend upon the type of material the sofa is made of, but there are a few basic cleaning techniques that you can use to clean your white decor.
First and foremost, it is going to be imperative for you to clean your white furniture on a weekly basis in order to prevent everyday dirt and debris from staining your furniture. Start by vacuuming your white furniture on a weekly basis. If you have pets in your household, then it will be beneficial for you to take a lint brush to your white furniture to prevent buildup. White wooden or plastic furniture can be cleaned carefully with a dampened towel.
Any simple stains on one’s white furniture should be immediately blotted with a clean towel, and a clean cloth that has been dampened with cold
I spent a recent weekend curled up with a stack of decorating magazines. I read them cover to cover – usually back to front, but that’s the way I read most magazines and newspapers. I studied each photograph and tried to determine the particular design concept that was being presented. I looked at the number and placement of accessories, how and where arrangements of items were hung on the walls, choices of color and texture, and flooring selections. Each photo was scrutinized in the minutest detail. At some point I started to wonder for whom these absolutely gorgeous rooms were designed.
Bedside tables held no alarm clocks or clock radios. While there was usually an abundance of decorative items, there were no tissue boxes or eyeglass cases. Dressers displayed beautifully arranged floral creations and perhaps a cut glass perfume bottle or two, with ornamental stoppers. No jewelry boxes, no lotion bottles, none of the everyday stuff of life. I don’t know about you but I want a telephone at the side of my bed. And someplace handy for the TV remote.
And the bathrooms! Don’t even get me started on the bathrooms! Do the users of
Home decorating on a budget is the ultimate adventure in decorating. It requires a little bit of planning, creativity, and patience. If you are like me, sometimes you wish you could be a genie and wiggle your nose and **poof** it’s done. However, that takes away from all the fun! Follow these tips and you’ll have a home that looks like a page out of your favorite magazine!
*Visit Furniture Showrooms
Make notes of styles of furniture you like. Also, take note of colors and fabrics that create a “warm” feeling inside of you. By visiting showrooms you can get an idea of the new trends and styles.
*Browse Through Decorating Magazines
Magazines are a source of inspirational ideas. Create a scrapbook of magazine clippings and refer to your book when shopping for your home.
*Shop Second-Hand Stores
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure can never be so true. One place to look is the classifieds in your local newspaper. I have found great deals on furniture in thrift stores and auctions. Don’t worry if an item is not in the best of shape. A coat of paint will work wonders
When decorating your bathroom, it is important to choose practical and beautiful bathroom accessories that also enhance the style of the room. It is this kind of attention to detail that separates a bathroom with charm and character from one that is strictly ho-hum. Bathrooms have come a long way from the days of strictly utilitarian design and use, and are now viewed as sanctuaries to which people escape and indulge in personal pampering.
The Powder Room – Go Wild
A powder room will be located where it is convenient for the use of guests, and is usually a small room. This means you can opt for such expensive decorating touches as crown molding and high-priced wallpaper which may not be affordable for the larger bathrooms in your home. As well, no bathtub or shower means there are no moisture concerns when selecting materials and decorating touches. You can hang a nice piece of framed artwork without worrying that dampness will destroy it. This is the bathroom in which you can use vibrant colors, and display luxury collections on a counter or shelf.
The Family Bathroom – Make Sharing Easier
Even if the family
I like decorating my kitchen with a cozy, warm, inviting, homey feeling to it. Usually I’m fighting for all the space I can get in my kitchen too. If you’d like to try this style yourself, you need additional space, or if you simply want to create a different look and feel to your current kitchen decorating style: here are a few tips for you to try.
1. Hang your pots and pans on the wall. This works whether you have a matching set of pots and pans, or whether it’s an eclectic collection gathered over the years. Simply put hooks in the wall, then hang the pots by their handles with the bottom facing outwards. This is particularly useful for space saving and organization too. My favorite location to hang the pots and pans is on the wall right above the stove. If you have the room, this puts the pots on display nicely while keeping them right on hand for cooking.
2. Hang your potholders and hotpads on the wall. If your pans are too heavy to hang safely, or you simply don’t want them on display, or you’d like to add other embellishments