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Decorating Windows with the Curtains and Drapes

Curtains and draperies work hard at blocking light, sound, and temperature. In addition to these functions, they’re also extraordinarily decorative, adding enormous personality to a room through color, [more…]

Using Historic Patterns in Your Interior Design

Historic patterns reappear from year to year in fresh, new combinations of colors. Color and scale affect a pattern, making it more or less formal. Some historic patterns, originally seen in monochromatic [more…]

Using Contemporary Patterns in Your Interior Design

Any pattern that captures your fancy can serve as the basis for a foolproof decorating scheme. A wonderful wallpaper, beautiful bedding, upholstery, an area rug, a plate, or even giftwrap can provide interior [more…]

How to Use Background Patterns in Interior Design

Patterns on walls, floors, and ceilings can create a highly distinctive background for a room. Use them to compensate for inadequate architecture (a vertical stripe raises the too-low ceiling, for example [more…]

How to Evaluate a Room’s Design and Decor

Anyone can walk into a room and say, “I don’t like this room.” To fix a problem-laden room, you need to step back and figure out what went wrong. A little distance can help you find the solution to make [more…]

Contemporary Home Decoration Styles

Following are the most popular styles created after 1800 for the common man, not for royalty or the elite. Although the Modern or Contemporary design age begins roughly with the start of the 20th century [more…]

Tips for Finding Quality Upholstered Furniture

You can find upholstered furniture at secondhand sources. But for sanitary reasons, you may want to strip off the old upholstery and padding down to the frame, and then rebuild with new padding and upholstery [more…]

Tips for Refurbishing Used Furniture

Refurbished furniture can add a lot of character to your home. Decorating old or unfinished furniture lets you make a creative statement. Take a look at the following decorating tips. Try some out on [more…]

Use Wall Treatments to Update Tired Rooms

If you don’t have the funds to redo an entire room, consider revamping just the walls. In the best of all decorating worlds, a terrific wall treatment almost magically makes problem areas vanish. Consider [more…]

How to Measure Fabric for Wall Coverings

Fabric is a favorite wall covering for almost any room in the house. Certain historic houses have velvet-covered walls, while others have linen. Fabric, such as polished cotton, works well for [more…]

Using Carpets and Rugs to Change a Room’s Look

Wall-to-wall carpeting fills the floor area with pattern, color, and texture. An area rug is an accessory that defines a special spot in a room. Both can be used to update a room. Sometimes, just changing [more…]

Decorating Floors in Awkwardly Shaped Rooms

If you’re faced with an awkwardly shaped room, you can use floorings to reshape it. Consider the following list of trouble areas and how to incorporate all types of flooring materials, including carpeting [more…]

Decorating Windows with Shades, Blinds, and Shutters

Shades, blinds, and shutters are hard window treatments, as opposed to curtains, which are soft treatments. When used alone, hard window treatments provide crispness to a Contemporary room. For clarity’s [more…]

Accessorize Your Bathroom

When remodeling your bathroom, consider functional and decorative touches. Two of (almost) everything comes in handy when two people share a bathroom, for example. And don’t forget luxury touches. Even [more…]

How to Make the Most of Small Bathrooms

Maybe your bathroom remodel project budget doesn’t allow enlarging your bathroom, or maybe you aren’t in a position to remodel at all. You can still make your small bathroom [more…]

Designing Bedrooms for Teens, Children, and Guests

With any interior design project, you need to focus in on how a room will be used. Bedroom needs vary depending on who will be using the room. Teenagers usually know what they want in a bedroom, whereas [more…]

Tips for Arranging Living Room Furniture

How furniture is situated in your living room — even if it’s a formal one — should be flexible enough to handle multiple activities. If your living room also serves as a den or family room, you probably [more…]

How to Decorate Attic Space

Early Americans often used attics as bedrooms, but now they are more commonly used for storage. Because the structure (walls, floor, ceiling) exists, attics are relatively inexpensive to claim for living [more…]

Tips for Decorating a Basement

Basements are often the first areas that most homeowners consider using for additional living space, especially if ceilings are a comfortable 8 feet high. Before you begin remodeling your basement, consider [more…]

Interior Design Tips for Grouping Pictures on a Wall

Have you ever noticed how decorations on a wall can look so organized and attractive in some cases and just be a distracting mess in other homes? If you follow these steps, you can create a perfect grouping [more…]

How to Choose the Length of Your Curtains

How long should curtains or draperies be? Generally, the longer the curtain or drapery, the more dignified, dressy, and formal the look. Shorter curtain lengths always imply a casual, relaxed, and informal [more…]

Choosing the Right Table for Your Dining Space

Decorating needs differ for informal (casual) dining and formal (dressy) dining. Informal dining can take place on almost any surface, from coffee tables to TV trays. The formal dining room, on the other [more…]

Do’s and Don’ts of Buying Artwork

When it comes to buying art, there is one main rule: Buy what you love and can afford regardless of the type of art. Don’t hesitate to hang different types of art together. The only time you shouldn’t [more…]

How to Furnish a Formal Dining Room

Formal dining rooms make even ordinary menus seem extraordinary. A fancy dining room can double as an elegant library or study (and with a hideaway armoire for the PC, perhaps a home office) between dining [more…]

Tips for Placing Art in Your Home

Professional decorators use a long list of traditional rules for displaying art. You’re free to accept or reject experts’ opinions, but it never hurts to consider them. When you hang a large, important [more…]


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