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Some people’s homes are simply stunning to visit. The decor style doesn’t matter; what makes the difference is the homeowner’s attention to those details that show their personality in their home. Line, color, art, interests all come together in a coordinated expression of home living.
Here are a few expert decorating tips intended to help anyone achieve a personal decor that impresses visitors at the same time it creates a vibrant and comfortable home for its inhabitants.
First, get a sense of how to group furniture together for varied interests. This can be easy when decorating a room with a defined purpose, such as a dining room but living rooms, dens, family rooms and even bedrooms can be trickier. Rather than allowing furniture to hug the walls, arrange groups of furniture for specific purposes, such as conversation, reading, hobbies, entertaining and so on. A good way to create a defined space is to place the furniture grouping on an area rug. Be sure the rug is large enough for all the furniture to sit on. Then a defined space will give a feeling of hospitality and comfort.
One key to setting up groups is to avoid building obvious barriers. For instance, don't place a table where people walk into the room or from one room into another. Don't put a side chair in front of a door.
Next, avoid settling for home furnishings that are cheap, trendy or mismatched. Let’s take these qualities one at a time.
Cheap furniture, rugs, drapes or other furnishings are a great temptation when hampered by a tight budget, as many people are these days. However, “cheap” may not really equate with inexpensive, especially if the cheap piece wears out within a short period of time. When tempted to buy something cheap, check yourself by first making sure the piece is well made. It could have interesting details such as unusual carvings or it could be something with classic style. Whatever you do, think “value” more than “price.” If something your want genuinely has long-lasting value at a low price, then go ahead with the purchase. Otherwise, save up until you can buy the truly valuable item.
Trends are another way to spend money on furnishings that won’t last. Trends are trendy for that very reason - they come and go. Some things may eventually gain value as “retro” pieces - think of Lava Lamps for instance. However, there are classic furnishings more worth the investment, such as fine quality Persian or Chinese rugs. Once again, better to have less of quality than too much in trendy trash.
The last part of this trio, mismatched furniture, can apply to lot of folks who’ve inherited furniture from their parents or other relatives. Mismatched pieces don’t necessarily mean a bad decorating scheme; the whole “Shabby Chic” movement is based on this idea. The difference comes in finding ways to coordinate the pieces into some that looks like it all goes together. For instance, your late aunt’s rocking chair might look just fine with your mother’s loveseat if you re-upholster both with coordinating fabrics and put them together on an area rug that complements their colors.
Details; details; details. Pay attention to them and you’ll turn a humdrum house into a space you can revel in and be proud of.
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