Home Decorating Made Easy and Simple

In today’s economy everybody is spending less, but wanting more. So how can you get your apartment to have that “Designer look” for less?

First, DIY or Do it yourself. You can save tons of money if you can do it yourself. Visit your local book stores or library and you’ll see hundreds of books on home decorating ideas and do-it-yourself projects.

Start collecting design magazines and clip out the pictures of rooms you like. Study your pictures, observe the different architectural features like windows, fireplaces, recessed ceilings and decorative crown mouldings in the space.

Also note the different furniture styles used within the space, window treatments, upholstery fabrics and floor selections. Study the lighting that was selected, rugs and home décor accessories. Ask yourself, what did you like most or least about these?

Keep a decorating file on hand to inspire and delight your creative senses. Take the pictures with you when you go shopping to keep you on track with the style you are searching for.

Take a trip to your local Lowe’s and Home Depot stores to see all the DIY books and magazines they carry to help you get started. They also have special classes to teach you how. DIY doesn’t sound so scary now, right?

Second, start with one room and third, stick to your budget. Sounds easy? Well, in fact it’s easier than you think. I think what really hangs people up is that they are overwhelmed by the magnitude of the project. That’s why I say start with one room. It’ll be much easier on the budget.
Did I say “budget”. Don’t fret. It’s not such a dirty word. And in this tough economy, even the rich have a budget. You can decorate these days on a very tight budget. It’s just learning how to be smart and creative.

(I would like to inject at this point that if you are considering on hiring the help of an expert instead of doing it yourself, make sure to ask the expert for referrals of customers they have helped in the past. Hire only reliable, reputable contractors and ones that guarantee their work. Get a contract in writing. I am not responsible for who you hire. Do your homework!)

However, if you are going to do this yourself, and YES YOU CAN, you will need to evaluate your budget, which will be determined by if you are doing the whole apartment, or room by room.

Other factors to consider to stay within your budget are the size of the room, the design theme or style you want to achieve, what needs to be replaced or repaired, and furniture, fixtures or accessories you will need to purchase.

Apartment decorating is fun and exciting. You can make any home spectacular, inviting and comfortable, no matter what the size. So let’s get started. First, analyze the room you will decorate and determine what it is that you like and don’t like about the space.

Now think about your personal style you would like to achieve in the space. If you’re not sure what your personal decorating style is, shop a few furniture stores and designer showcases in your area.

They group comfortable settings together called “vignettes”, pronounced “vin-yets” in different styles. This will help you determine the styles you like and don’t like. You’ll begin to affirm what strongly appeals to you and what doesn’t. And what you would like to incorporate into your own space.

Now, ask yourself these questions:

What do I feel most comfortable in? Do I like formal or informal? Casual or elegance? Traditional or contemporary? Your personal style is an expression of who you are, what you like, your tastes, your moods, your life experiences, travel, education and so forth. It shows YOU, by way of color, texture and style, just by what we display in our spaces.

Color is another factor to consider in your design theme. You’ll want to pay close attention to what colors excite you and make you comfortable, happy, or even sad. Are you drawn toward warm colors like reds and yellows? Or cool colors, like blues and greens?

Besides the furniture stores, you can also get great home decorating ideas by surfing the Internet. With just a simple click of your mouse the world of decorating is opened up to you. You can get decorating ideas, hire experts, get DIY project ideas and purchase the products you want, all through the amazing world of online technology.

You’ll be simply amazed at the many online stores that cater to your budget. From flooring, walls and windows, to window treatments, furniture and accessories, you’ll get tons of great ideas, as well as great prices you can afford, to start your journey on your apartment decorating.

Affordable Home Decor Tips – Using Artwork to Create a Display

Well arranged artwork, paintings, prints or photos can add a stylish finishing touch to any room decor. A collection of frames grouped together as a featured display is a look that can fit easily into any home decoration theme, but to avoid your wall looking too cluttered, choose frames of a similar design and size. To achieve a sense of symmetry, position each piece of artwork so that it hangs in line vertically and horizontally with the others. Also make sure that each half of the arrangement mirrors the other. Choose a wall color that will show of the pictures. A pale or neutral wall will help to offset colorful prints. Break up a group of pictures by adding an unusual mirror to add a different decorative touch.

Alternatively to achieve a more relaxed theme, a random grouping of different prints and frames, can look lovely in a country-style home. It is often possible to pick up framed prints or artwork at thrift stores or auctions very cheaply when affordable home decor is important. Paint miss-matched frames with gold paint and then rub down lightly for a shabby chic look – just remember to put masking tape inside the frame so that you don’t get any paint on the glass.

These wall-hung displays of artwork or photographs look good on any wall, but unless you have a very large room restrict the number of pictures to six or eight, any more may just look messy. Instead of artwork you could hang an arrangement of photographs in attractive frames. Black and white or sepia toned photos look particularly effective in vintage or antique frames. A formal arrangement will lend a smart feel to a room. This works wonderfully as a stairway gallery. You could unify the look by using matching colored mats inside the frames.

A large artwork can create an amazing focal point in any space and can give you inspiration for your decorating scheme. The first thing to think about before hanging such a major piece is to make sure there is enough wall space around the frame without it being crowded by anything else on the wall. A simple décor solution is to pick out key colors and shades in the painting and introduce them into the room with matching pillows and curtains and a coordinating color for the walls.

A single large piece of artwork will look stunning above a mantel or above a sofa. Keep the wall clear of any other pictures or you will distract from the painting and don’t have too many accessories. If the artwork is too overbearing or the colors clash with your existing furniture, you will either have to change your furnishings or choose a different room to display the picture.

In an area where there isn’t a lot of spare wall space you can use shelves for a simple and quick display that doesn’t involve picture hooks. A mix of family photos, memorabilia and artwork can work well together. This is a useful look for a less formal room, such as a home office or cozy family space.