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Expert Design Tips For Beginners


Now that you have a basic understanding of design reviewing some ways to bring your home together is time. It would help if you always worked to create a balanced home. You do not want to decorate your home, so you feel you live in a chaotic environment. You can easily decorate and create a positive balance by following the techniques outlined in this section.

You know you can buy inexpensive pieces to furnish your home. You can also mix and match. One key to creating a homey environment is to buy one or two key pieces you like, even if they are expensive, and complement the rest of the area you plan to decorate with simple items that cost much less.

Mixing and matching work well if you have some design element in mind. For example, if you want to mix antique furniture with some contemporary pieces, you can do so; by making sure, the pieces complement each other in some way or match the overall style you want to create within your home.

Two Basic Ways to Decorate for Success

If you look at interior design as a philosophy, there are two major ways to decorate. You can keep things clean, simple, and streamlined (as one might if one wanted to use the principles of Feng Shui), or you can create a natural, upbeat and abstract environment that matches your personality.

Some people prefer to use exotic or fun pieces throughout their homes to create an entertaining and lively environment. Others want to create a peaceful and tranquil environment. Still, others buy pieces reflecting their cultural heritage. No one way is the right way because everyone is different. How you decorate should reflect how you feel and who you are.

You may want an exotic theme or style in your bedroom or the family area but tranquil and balanced in the living or home office area. You can mix and match, though most people stick with one theme or another. Key to your success is your ability to have an open mind and have fun.

Make sure you do not use too many pieces when designing; if you have the idea to place family photographs along a hallway, for example, to decorate your walls, do so, but do it. Try using the same frame style for all the pictures you use. If you mix and match too many different styles, you will create a chaotic-looking environment.

Candles Décor

Some people decorate with candles and color alone. Candles come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and scents. You can buy small tea candles for less than a dollar or larger candles for $10.00. You can use candles to accessorize or candle lamps to substitute artificial lighting in your home. If you want an environmentally friendly home, buy organic candles.

The key to making candles work is finding proper holders for them. There you can find it anywhere. You can buy sets of candleholders and use them to decorate an entire home and save money by investing in more rather than less.

Make sure you replace candles regularly if you plan to light them. Tea candles are best used as lighting sources because they are inexpensive. You want to avoid buying a $200 decorative candle and lighting it, having to replace it monthly. That gets expensive.

On the other hand, you can use the larger piece as décor in your home and light tea candles to allow a pleasing glow and aroma. Most people find a combination of techniques creates the right feel and appearance for their home. One word of caution – If you buy candles, make sure you invest in candles that have safeguards. You do not want to burn down your beautifully decorated home. Always make sure you put candles out when you are done using them.

If you are sensitive to scent, try using unscented candles. Many candles come in powerful scents, so be sure you check the candle’s ingredients BEFORE you buy, so you do not bring on an allergic reaction when decorating your home.

As you continue to use your imagination and adopt new techniques, you will find new ideas that inspire you to change the look and feel of your home. When this happens, go back to your goal-setting list and create new goals for your home. Ultimately, this will allow you to create an expertly designed home any time you want without spending a fortune.

How do you select Decor for your home?


How do you select a theme for your home?

Think about the homes you visit and what you like and do not like about them, as this will give you an idea about what “type” of person you are and what styles you like best. Then, consider looking through a few interior decorating magazines to distinguish between contemporary, modern, art deco, country, and other styles.

 It would help if you also inventoried your home and current furnishings, as they may provide insight into your style and preferences.

For example, do you like a contemporary look and feel? Are you stylish? Or you may prefer a more vintage or classical-styled home. Others prefer a country look, while still others prefer a balanced home styled in multiple ways.

 The types of decorations you adorn your home will eventually reflect your personality and style preferences, so this is an important step when budgeting for your interior.

Once you decide on the theme of your home, you will have a better idea of what areas of your home need the most attention when decorating and changing up the current look of your home. Perhaps, for example, most of your home has a contemporary look and style, but you find your dining area is more modern or classic. You may also want to create a more useful home. If your home is more decorative than you like, you can change that. Just make sure you know what you want before you start making changes.

 Change the look of your dining area by adding a few pieces or changing the furniture to reflect the style that encompasses the rest of your home. In addition, create a kitchen with greater utility and open space for you to move within.

 Refrain from thinking, however; you have to style your home in one exact way. Some people prefer to decorate their homes in multiple styles. Your living area, for example, may reflect a country-like elegance, while your kitchen may resemble a country pad. While it is easier to stick with one style, ultimately, you decide what you want (and do not want) your home to look like. It is fun to mix and match when decorating. This often works well with couples that have different preferences when it comes to styles and themes. Work with your partner when deciding how you want to decorate certain rooms. Each can take charge of a room, so you feel included in decorating.


Make a list of “must-have” items before you start decorating. Some things you may find you cannot live without…

 Some may include sofas, beds, tables, and the like. For others, important must-haves can include plants or artwork. Must haves be items that help you feel complete but also are necessary for you to feel comfortable in your home?

If you have the basics and only need items to complement the look and feel of your home, you will find decorating a piece of cake.

In the next section, we will talk about a few simple things you can do to improve the ambiance in your home without spending a bundle of money. The whole purpose of this guide is, after all, to teach you HOW to decorate without spending too much in the way of money. Bargain interior decorating… you are one step away from learning everything there is to know…

10 Small Changes to Improve Existing Rooms


1. Consider adding wallpaper to a room that needs a little perk up. You can also use a wall border, which is much less expensive, to decorate the lower or upper sides of a wall. Alternatively, you can create borders by painting or stenciling designs on your walls or by removing existing borders to give a room a new look or feel.

2. Find some mirrors and place them in your home where they reflect light. This will make the room you place the mirrors in appear larger. Your home will also seem as if it receives more sunlight. Do not place mirrors throughout your home in areas where they detract from the room’s appearance or in places where they reflect unattractive objects (like your garage or driveway) unless you want this.

3. Try restoring old furniture or antiques rather than buying new furniture, which may be expensive but less valuable than your used item. You can do this inexpensively with the help of a local Home Depot or home improvement store. You may need to sand and finish, then stain a dresser, for example, to improve its appearance. In cases where you need to cover water stains, consider placing a strategically positioned crocheted cloth or another decorative item, such as a lamp.

4. Cover stains up rather than re-carpet your home. You can hire a stain removal specialist to improve the appearance of your carpet. So many people have stains on their carpets and must find a way to decorate them without spending a fortune. Let’s face it. Once a stain is there, it is often hard to get rid of, no matter how much you wash it. You may wash it, so it appears to go away, only to find it reappearing a few weeks later. Fortunately, no stain is impossible to hide. And hide it you will IF you want to save money. Most bargain interior decorator’s tactfully used furniture and throw rugs to cover up hard-to-remove stains. If you have young children, buy inexpensive remnants to place throughout your home so you can easily remove and wash them if they become stained.

5. Try letting more light in your home. If you have curtains, remove them. Try blinds, or try a bare window. Just be sure you keep your window clean. You may want to paint or stencil on the window using paints you can find at any hobby store. This creates the effect of stained glass without spending money. Some people find they can use the stick appliqués on a bare window to create the appearance of stained glass. These appliqués are inexpensive, and you can usually find them on the Web. They are great for decorating children’s rooms, as many have cartoon themes.

6. Consider adding some plants or a small, inexpensive fountain in your home to add a subtle ambiance and calming appeal. If you do not have a green thumb, go with something easy to grow and hardy, like a bamboo tree (some believe this even brings prosperity and luck to your home. You can buy something other than a one thousand-dollar fountain. Instead, try getting a small yet attractive $15 fountain online. Throw some rocks in it and let it go. You may feel more at peace in your home. Fountains are also very useful for improving the ambiance of a home office.

7. Use fabrics to help improve the look and feel of tired furnishings. Fabric stores sell beautiful fabrics and slipcovers inexpensively. Far less expensive is it to use a cover or recover an existing sofa than to buy a new one. If you are not handy with a needle and thread, look for slipcovers that can instantly change the look and feel of your sofa (and even hide stains).

8. Try painting one or more of the walls in your room or many rooms to give your home a fresh start. You can buy paint inexpensively, and you do not have to hire a professional painter to do the work (though you can find some college students handy at a painting that are likely to charge less than “professional” painters). Use light and bright colors for rooms you enjoy during the day and calming colors like blue or dark green for rooms you want to relax in. Make sure the colors you select match the furniture you have or the upholstery you use in your home. Some people find good painting is all they need to decorate their homes in a new and meaningful way.

9. Try using lamps with no shades or decorating plain shades you have at home. This will add color and intensity to any room. You can buy colored bulbs that add an interesting look and feel to almost any room and make any lamp look wonderful instead of lacking when you do not use a shade.

10. Use even more paint to create a mural on a wall or a sponge you dipped in the paint to add texture to a wall’s surface in your home. You can practice this ahead of time by applying the paint to a piece of old wood or a wall you plan to repaint anyway. There are endless ways to decorate using paint, so give the paint a try. Do not simply consider paint as something to use as a cover for an entire wall. Instead, consider it an accessory where plausible. Some people, for example, buy inexpensive stencils and decorate the walls of a room in their home by applying paint to the stencils. This is especially fun for a young child’s room or playroom, where you can stencil paint your child’s name, the letters of the alphabet, or fun numbers.

Remember, small changes often make a big impression on you and the people visiting your home. Start small, and see what you think. If you want to move on, you can.