Quick-Start Home Decorating Tips
Part of the Home Decorating For Dummies Cheat Sheet
You can't wait to get started on your home decorating project, but taking a few minutes beforehand can save you time, money, and aggravation down the road. Use the tips in the following list to ensure that your home decorating projects run smoothly:
Fix your budget! Spend no more than what you have.
Formulate an action plan. Establish goals. Set priorities. Decide what room or rooms you want finished and in what order. Decorating goes faster when you have a plan.
Scope out the job. Create a floor plan using a computer-aided program or draw one by hand on graph paper.
Discover your personal style. Are you Contemporary or Traditional? Knowing your style eliminates confusion (and wasted time) by steering you toward the best choices.
Shop! Pick stores that stock a large selection for quick delivery or carrying home. Shop by mail. Surf the Internet for information on prices and products from the comfort of your home.
Do first things first. Have all carpentry and wiring performed before you cover your walls and floors. Decorate the ceiling, walls, and floor before you bring in furniture.
Buy major pieces of furniture first and accessories last.
Spice up your decor with accessories galore! Pick pieces with personal meaning.