Save Big Bucks on Home Decorating
by Kathy Wilson
More people decorate their homes during the fall and winter months than at any other time of the year, and with good reason! We spend more time indoors, we owe it to ourselves and our families to create a comfortable place to be! Here are the best ways to save BIG bucks on your home decorating.
Start with plan. I know you’ve heard this before, but having a plan doesn’t necessarily mean you know exactly everything you want to do in your rooms ahead of time. What it does mean is having a starting point to keep you in the ballpark, and that will save you A LOT of money in mistakes in the long run.
So start with the three things you need… Color, Style, and Formality.
Color is easy… if you don’t already have a color scheme you love, find one in a book or magazine, and borrow it! Still unsure? Pick your favorite color, plus white, never fail combo.
Style? Maybe you know you love Country Farmhouse. Or maybe you like a little of everything! That’s ok, just make sure you give the room style a name that includes the feeling you want in the room, and that will keep you on track. For instance, I have a Fresh and Sunny Cottage Room for my family room. (I use sunny as a feeling as well as a visual clue!) Keep the feeling in the name, and you will pick the right style every time!
formality. Know if you like a more formal room, where things on both sides of
the room match, or a more informal feel. So my family room description would go
something like this… I want an informal Fresh Sunny Cottage style full of soft
blue, green yellow and white. So every time I buy something, I know if it
doesn’t fit in that description, it doesn’t fit period!
By the way, you
can paint ANYTHING these days! The trick is to use a specialty blocking primer
before painting… I recommend KILZ Original. Yes, you can even paint that ugly
laminate bookcase or computer desk! All your furniture mismatched in style and
form? Paint it all one color, and it will help marry and unify your furniture
grouping. (I love white or black for furniture, depending on the style of your
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