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Home Decoration Guide. When the knack for decorating your home doesn’t come naturally to you, it may be helpful to use a guide to help plan your home’s decor. Following a simple guide will help you determine what you want in your home without having to hire a professional. Using a guide will also allow to easily update or change your decor to reflect a new season or mood, as the same basic steps apply whether you’re starting from scratch or simply changing the look of the room.

Home Decoration Guide :

Starting Point

Choose an object, such as a vase, painting, piece of pottery or your favorite knickknack, as the focal point for your room and use the color, style, texture and pattern of the object to determine how the rest of the room will look. For example, create a modern room accented with lime green if your focal piece is a modern, lime green glass vase. Fill the room with neutrally colored walls and furniture (tones of chocolate brown or white work well with modern decor) and add a few touches of lime green through artwork, candles, rugs and pillows. The vase should be placed in a location where it will be the first thing you focus on when you enter the room.

Colors, Styles and Themes

The colors, style and theme you use in each room should make you feel at ease. For example, if red makes you anxious or angry, as it does with many since it’s a powerful color, you won’t want red to be a major color in any room of your home, especially your bedroom. Similarly, choose a decor style that complements the style of your home. For example, decorate your Victorian-era home with Victorian decor. Alternatively, choose a theme that you enjoy. For example, a beach theme can be used to warm up your home even if you live on top of a cold hill. Your entire home can be decorated in the same colors and theme or you can create a completely different feel and look in each room. Use complementary color schemes and themes in rooms that open up to each other, such as your kitchen and dining room.

Furniture

Unlike wallpaper or paint, which are fairly easy and inexpensive to change, furniture is a big investment. Make sure that you really love the pattern or color if you opt for a piece of furniture that’s unusually loud or bright, unless you can have it reupholstered or cover it with a fitted slipcover. You can always spruce up sturdy, neutral pieces of furniture by adding a colorful throw or pillows. If you want your furniture to make a statement, consider upholstering small pieces, such as armchairs, in bright accent colors.

Accessories

Accessories can pull a neutral room together and add all the decoration you need. Even better, if your walls and furniture are neutral, changing the accessories will update the look of your entire room. Common accessories include lamps, chandeliers, rugs, throws, pillows, plants, vases and artwork. Window treatments also quickly pull a room together; when used properly, they can completely change the look of the room. Using primarily accessories to add color and drama to your room allows you to easily decorate for a holiday, season or any special occasion.

Home Decoration Guide, source from eHow.com.

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