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The Easiest & Most Effective Home Decor Tips, Part 3

Updated on March 31, 2010

A well-designed room is functional with a distinct mood and feeling of harmony. The placement of the largest pieces of furniture will be limited by the location of doorways, heating vents, heights of windows, etc. Be creative by positioning the other pieces at interesting angles and in unusual combinations. Consider creating distinct areas for distinct purposes.

Ask Yourself: What is the main purpose of the room? Is it for private use or for entertaining, or both? Create a reading area, an intimate conversation area, a place for casual dining, play space for young children, etc. Decide on what atmosphere best suits your personality and lifestyle. Explore the furniture showrooms and decorating magazines for style, color, fabric and furniture inspiration. Purchase furniture and lighting fixtures to give you as much flexibility in your decorating as possible. Your choice of flooring, the color and texture of fabrics, paints or wallpapers, the lighting, the framed art and personal objects will all contribute to the finished atmosphere of the room. Choose your colors carefully, each has a distinct psychological impact.

Choosing the color scheme for your decoration truly is a way to apply your own personal sense of style to your home environment. Complimentary colors add overall harmony to a room, while contrasting colors add excitement and energy. Strong contrasts in color can be effectively used for accenting the main color scheme. Violets, reds and yellows are considered “advancing” colors because they make walls and ceilings appear closer to the viewer than they actually are. They will make a room seem warm and welcoming, but smaller.

Soft shades of yellows tend to be calming and cheerful, while bright yellows are very energized. Oranges can be soothing, if they are “earthy” shades.
Natural greens and blues are relaxing and fresh. The use of white in a room will add a sense of space and cleanliness. Instead of choosing a “pure” white, use a cream or antique white for a touch of warmth.

Antiques and collectibles are phenomenal conversation starters and can certainly make a home seem more homey. Generally, something is considered an antique if it is at least 75 years old, is rare and can be authenticated. To be worth making a serious investment in an “antique”, you need to verify it’s age and research when, where and how it was made. It should be in above average to excellent condition, preferably with the original finish intact and be constructed with good craftsmanship.

Collectibles or curios, may be newer but still sought after because they exemplify a distinct “period” in design. They may range from Art Deco lamps, frames and sculptures, 1930’s English Pottery and American Folk Art signs to 1940’s kitchen appliances, old radios, or 1960’s bean bag chairs.

Decorating accents are extremely important as they are the accessories of your main décor scheme. Antique picture frames, tapestry pillows, interesting baskets, colored glass vases, unique boxes or tins, groups of candles, hand made pottery, heirloom china, potpourri, rare books, curios of all kinds. Don’t clutter your table surfaces with too many items. If you have a special collection you want to display, set-up shelving with indirect lighting or add a curio cabinet to the room. A few well-placed plants in attractive containers can make a huge difference to a room!

Continued In: The Easiest & Most Effective Home Decor Tips, Part 4

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      6 years ago from USA

      I have already read tips of home decor part 1 and 2 which are fantastic and quite useful..when i was heard about part3, From that time i have searching your post. Finally i got it and blow all tips in my mind..Thanks for sharing


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