Home Decorating Tips

Written by Genevieve Hawkins
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No matter whether you are a complete novice or a professional home decorator, there is always a need for more tricks of the trade. Due to the low cost of home improvement, the availability of home improvement warehouses, and the desire people have to customize their houses, it seems like everyone is taking up a paintbrush these days. The results may be anything from awful to awe inspiring, but with some simple pointers almost all projects can come out looking better than before or downright stunning.

Home improvement tips can range from very specific ideas, such as that involving a certain type of stitching for pillows, to a very broad one, such as what type of paint to use for the house. The important thing is to know where to begin on your home improvement project by answering some questions. What areas of the home are you hoping to improve? What end effect are you hoping to achieve? What are the best ways of going about achieving this effect?

Room by Room Home Improvement

There are some tips that have to do with the areas of the house you are looking to do something about. For bathroom and kitchen areas, for example, you should use a semi or high gloss oil or water based paint for the walls. For other wall spaces such as those in nurseries, there may be a specific color pattern to try out.

Generally, the furnishings and wall hangings in a given area should roughly coordinate with the amount of space in a room. Furnishings in a small area or corner might be better represented with accent tables or small lamps. A more open space should contain the larger pieces, such as couches and end tables.

When trying to determine what an area should look like, it might be best to step back and get an idea of what somebody new to the area would see. One should determine what the scope of a standard eyeball range is--what will a new person see walking into a house, for example? With this knowledge, it is easier to determine where to stop and start an area of the house, as well as what to accent in given places.

Colors for Home Improvement Projects

The colors for homes, whether via walls, flooring, or furnishings, is starting to move away from the blandness that once permeated home decor. No longer in the 1990s, people are moving away from the bland white walls that were once the only options for a house's interior. Colors for paints in home improvement shops are beginning to come in every shade imaginable, and the palette is getting used more and more. Although this has increased options, it has also made it more difficult due to the degree of choices.

The colors for interior walls, although there are infinite options, should be in the range of tolerable. Extremely bright shades tend to be distracting, and should probably be toned down unless in a child's play area where they are used for effect. When changing colors or painting trim shades, the best bet is to keep them two or three shades off of the original color, or in a similar shade of a complimentary color (red with green, for instance).

The amount of ideas runs the gamut, and often truly depends on your taste. If you are looking to create a specific themed look, do your research. If not, do some careful research and see what types of projects will work best for your living space. Home improvement tips can run the gamut from replacing face plates on light and electrical fixtures to putting a new type of cushion on your furniture. The point of the exercise is that the house achieves an effect that you can be happy with, as well as one that turns the home into your creation.


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