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The Easiest & Most Effective Home Decor Tips, Part 4

Updated on March 31, 2010

With the plethora of exciting and attractive lighting fixtures and effects available today, decorating with lighting is a process any decorator should take into careful consideration. Lighting is probably the most important element to interior decorating. Besides being very functional, creative lighting can add warmth and atmosphere to any room. There are many beautiful, creative designs available today for freestanding lamps, track lighting, recessed lights, wall sconces, etc. You can quite easily install dimmer switches to most overhead fixtures to adjust the light’s intensity.

Install “task” lighting in reading areas, the kitchen, bathrooms, hobby areas, etc. to minimize the need for overhead lights. Direct some of the light towards the ceiling in a small room to increase the appearance of size. Optimize the natural lighting in your home by adding windows, glass doors, skylights and sheer draperies. Use candlelight to create a warm atmosphere for dining, relaxing or entertaining.

When it comes to patterns and textures, you should generally choose small patterns for small rooms and large patterns for large rooms. Try to spread the pattern evenly around the room in your wallpaper, draperies, pillows and rugs. Combine several patterns with complimentary colors, such as stripes and floral, two florals, two geometrics, and more. Choose one or two of the colors for accenting in solids.

Add interesting textural details to your room with wallpaper, faux paint finishes, textured carpeting and/or rich fabrics. Install a chair rail to divide up wall areas, or add crown molding along the ceiling. Add to the richness of the patterns and textures in your room by adding groupings of collectibles, frames, candle holders, pottery, glass, baskets and plants.

For further refinement and allure in your décor strategy, try some of these really handy decorating tips: A change in the color of your walls can dramatically change the appearance of a room. Before you give up on the old furniture because it is looking “tired”; try using the pieces in a new creative arrangement. By using one main color theme with slight variations of that colour on flooring, walls and fabrics in a room; you can produce a very well coordinated and soothing look.

Distinct horizontal patterns will make the room seem wider and the ceiling lower. Vertical stripes will give the illusion of height to a room. When hanging a group of frames, symmetry will give you a bold look, and irregularity will give you a softer appearance. Keep the distance between each frame consistent. Don’t hang pictures above eye level.

Perfect symmetry in furnishings tends to look formal and uncreative. Generally, use small patterns (smaller stripes, floral fabric, tile size, etc.) in a small room and larger patterns in a large room. Textured wall coverings and paints can help disguise irregular wall surfaces. Interesting lighting is one of the most important elements in creating atmosphere. Consider using slipcovers instead of re-upholstering your sofa or chairs. Create a focal point in your room. This could be a fireplace, a conversation area or accent wall with an interesting display of pictures. You can find decorating treasures at local flea markets and garage sales, if you have the time and patience.

That is truly the key to great decorating: Time and patience. Give it some time, understand that it will take some effort, and enjoy the process!

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    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      Years ago I had a very dreary dining room that was completely sparked up by a repaint job. Guests asked me if I'd changed all the furniture! :)

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      Haydee Anderson 

      8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      great tips. a change in color or added lighting in a room can significantly change its impression.

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