Home Decorating 101

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Home decorating is an exciting project for most homeowners, especially after you’ve made the hard choices about flooring, walls, countertops and cabinets, insulation, and ventilation. Hopefully, you’re remembered to save enough to put on the all-important finishing touches.

Be Yourself and Impress Your Guests

Your first decorating impulse may be go over the top, search out the most esoteric art, and the most outlandish or luxurious furniture. Remember, though, that the first priority of home decorating isn’t to impress home visitors who only intermittently grace your home. The biggest priority is to enhance the appearance of your home by making it your own—a comforting, personal atmosphere. Whatever your personal style is, any aesthetic can be made pleasing. Like most human interaction, your guests will be impressed your home without you setting out to try to impress them. Homes that are specifically designed to impress are just as likely to intimidate and make guests uncomfortable as anything else.

Borrow from Home Decorating Styles, but Don’t Box Yourself In

There are as many home decorating styles as there are ice cream flavors. The generic chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors correspond to the more loosely defined styles of casual, contemporary and country. The double chocolate fudge, cherry macadamia nut, and strawberry shortcake are the more esoteric decorating styles—the southwest or Asian décor, and the feng shui. You may find a style you absolutely fall in love with, but you should probably be careful allowing any one style to dominate your home. More often, home decorating styles are good to search for home decorating ideas. You may even find a style that fits just right for one of your rooms, but don’t box yourself in with what you think are decorating rules for any particular style. No such rules exist.

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Transforming Rooms with Home Decorating

One of the most common reasons for changing your home decorating may be a change in the use of a room. The kids have left the nest and you’re ready to have a home office or den. You may realize nobody’s eaten in your dining room in two years and there’s a better use for the space. Rooms can be used for anything and, often, not for their originally intended use. You may have to smooth things over with your kids or a spouse who wants to hang on to old times, but redecorating a room can be an important step to reinventing the purpose of that room. Carpeting and pink walls may need to be replaced with hardwood or laminate flooring and a more neutral color to achieve the right atmosphere for your new room.

Hire an Interior Designer for Personalized Home Decorating Ideas

You can do all the research you want, but it’s unlikely a home decorating manual is going to speak specifically to the slanted ceiling in your guest bedroom, the corner chimney in your family room, or the 18 inches of extra space at the end of your galley kitchen. Every home has its quirks that an interior designer will be able to generate ideas for that aren’t in any broadly sweeping book or website. An interior designer can help design a comprehensive and cohesive decorating scheme for your entire home or, they can be hired for a one-day consultation to generate ideas you probably wouldn’t see on your own.

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