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Lessons Learned From Watching HGTV

Updated on September 17, 2015

Can't Resist a Good Decorating Show?

Do you like watching Home and Garden Television (HGTV) but feel guilty that you are wasting time? Well, don't despair! It's not done in vain. You are probably learning more than you think, and when you are ready to decorate your home, it will all be stored up there somewhere in your brain. I know I've learned a lot from watching this network. How to make something out of nothing, how to make ugly into pretty. Here are the top ten things that I learned from watching the HGTV network shows. What have you learned?

Design Tips From HGTV!

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Design Tips From HGTV

  1. Almost any colour can work, as long as you accessorize around it. The decorator that is the best for this Jane Lockhart from Colour Confidential. She does amazing things with colours and really encourages us to paint from our hear, with colours that truly resonate.
  2. Wallpaper is in style again. It's just a nicer version of it. Wallpaper is an option again, and it's much less tacky than the 70's. Today's wallpaper is subtle and sophisticated. Wall paper can add texture and interest to your walls.
  3. Good flooring can completely transform a room. Flooring is NOT just an afterthought but it makes a huge difference in the look of the room. So, choose your flooring carefully, considering the overall feel of the room and other colours you will be using.
  4. Paint your ceiling and it makes it part of the room. Ceilings don't have to be white anymore. A coloured ceiling can really add some pizzazz. Just be sure to do it right so you don't splash up your flooring.
  5. Cleaning out the clutter in a room gives you way more options. A lot of times what makes a room look ugly is not the decorating style; it the clutter.
  6. A poorly done place is often masking other life problems. Doing your place over really will help you feel better about the rest of your life.
  7. There is almost no decorating problem that cannot be solved. You just need creativity, some elbow grease and at least a bit of a budget.
  8. Wall colour is easy to fix. When choosing a home, be sure to look at the important details, not the strange paint color. That is not a big deal and shouldn't stop you from purchasing an otherwise wonderful home.
  9. You can paint over wood.If you weren't sure, now you know. And sometimes painting over wood is one of the best things you can do it revive a tired old space.
  10. If you have help, you can accomplish a lot in your house. You might not get a crew like the one on Extreme Home Makeover, but even by enlisting the help of your spouse and kids, it's surprising what you might get done. So, delegate, woman!



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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      @Caseymel, I hear you! When we moved a few months ago, I was also enthralled with all the ideas you could find on HGTV. Thanks so much for your comment, and I do apologize for not responding to your comment sooner!

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      caseymel 4 years ago from Indiana

      I love HGTV! It's so addicting. We will be moving in a few months, so I am really into HGTV right now. Great tips! They also help when selling a house.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Pinkchic ... you and me both! It can get pretty addictive, can't it? Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Oh man, the time I have spent watching HGTV is really up there! More so when we were first looking for a home, and then second when we bought a home and needed lots of help! haha nice hub here!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Kashmir, there really are some great shows on there. Thanks for the comment -- I used the resource that you suggested. There are really some nice dividers on there. Have a great night!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi prairieprincess, great hub, you can learn a lot of good useful stuff from HGTV they always have great tips and advice as well. Great job, love those dividers that you used in this hub !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Kelley, thanks! It was fun to write, and about a topic I enjoy writing. Take care!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      This is a beautifully designed hub. I love the colors and pictures! Great job! Take care, Kelley

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Peggy, it was a great question and I was happy to answer it. Like you, I find there is so much to learn from those shows. And yes, it's interesting to see all those homes from all over the world, too. Have a wonderful evening!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Good hub about things that you learned from watching HGTV. I love that show and learn many things like those you mentioned and even more. It is easy to pick up good decorating and design tips by watching that television show and even learn what people pay for their homes in different parts of the world. Thanks for answering my question with a hub. Voted up, interesting and useful.