you go home at the end of the day, your apartment, condo or house should be your
sanctuary; but be honest, is it a place that really feels comfortable and welcomes
not, it's time to do something about it.
Your home should not only be
a place to rest your weary head at night, it should be a reflection of you. If
your home has plain white walls, a lack of decorative accents and what could be
called generic furniture, it's time to make a change.
do you start?
Popular home decorating ideas include the muted colors of traditional, the
bold look of modern contemporary; and the warm cozy style of French country.
determining your style - and it probably falls into one of these three categories:
traditional, contemporary or French country. If you're happy with what would
be considered "the norm," you'll probably want to go with a traditional look featuring
furniture with soft, smooth edges, paint and accessories that offer a mix of mid-range
tones and fabrics that are neither too shiny nor too textured. A contemporary
look, with its bold lines and colors is popular among people with a worldly view,
who love the arts and entertain often. If you want your home to have that
"lived in" look, French Country is the way to go.
Once you know what
look you want, the real fun begins. Start thumbing through design magazines for
ideas about color combinations, furniture and fabrics; then pick a room to work
on and get started.
good place to begin is in the rooms where you spend the most time: the master
bedroom and bath. These days, most interior decorators go out of their
way to make sure the rooms complement each other and so should you.
Begin with the bed, which is the centerpiece of the room. Rather than just throwing
down a bedspread and moving on, look for linens that will really dress it up.
Mixing and matching colors, designs and textures will make a bold statement.