Home Decor and Customization

Do you know what one of the hottest trends on today’s market is? It seems that it is all about do it yourself techniques. Shows such as “Trading Spaces,” “Designing Cents,” and “The Christopher Lowell Show” all give the home designer inspiration for home decoration. As you may have already learnt from these shows, you will be able to redecorate your house and stick to your budget at the same time. Everyone out there would like for their home to be stylish and something that reflects their personality.

Apart from all of the do it yourself techniques, you are going to come across rugs. While you may not be able to design your own rug, you can get a nice area rug that reflects your taste. If you like area rugs that have designs and are different colors, then that would be a good choice. However, you should make sure it is the same design as the overall room you are decorating.

You may not realize it right now, but you can make a big difference in any room by doing something small. You do not have to go out of your way and build a big entertainment center in order to make a difference. A small change could involve a different paint color. When you are repainting, make sure you add some gloss to it in order to make it stand out. Take a moment to imagine the walls in your living room going from dull to bold. Some great colors for your walls include melon, navy and sage.

If you would like to put some wallpaper trimming running along the baseboards, then you can do that as well. Wallpaper would add a unique look, but you should make sure it fits in with the overall appearance of the room you are decorating.

When the project with the walls is done, you will be able to bring your whole room together with accents that you sew by yourself. A great technique that we learned from out mother is that if a designer can do it, then you can too. The curtains and throws you make will look unique and one of a kind. Unless, of course, you copy a design that you find on the Internet.

Take note that you will be saving lots of money when you opt to create your own curtains and throws. If you think your sofa is comfortable, but you would like the pattern to change, then you could create a design that goes over the sofa. We know, we make the do it yourself techniques sound easy and they can be. However, we understand that having the correct tools can make the project a whole lot more enjoyable. You will be able to find a number of different pattern books that will show you different ideas on what to do. You should not stress too much about decorating your home as we sure anything is going to look good. Take note that this cannot all be done in one day, unless you are super fast, you should expect this to take a couple of days to weeks in order to complete.

How to Plan Your Home Decor and Leave Your Brains Intact

The sheer variety of decorations available for home and garden can confuse many hopeful decorators. However, the best way to decorate is to browse the market, and settle on a theme for decoration before purchasing items to implement the plan. Always stay flexible in your plans, so that you can accommodate new decorations that you had not thought of, and can substitute one thing for another.

Here are some themes that you can have in mind while choosing accessories for your home and garden:

• Minimalistic. Minimalism is the in-thing in 21st century decor, especially due to the space crunch. Minimalistic decoration relies on lots of metal and glass, as these reflect light and make spaces look larger than they are. You will want to go for slim lines and translucence as much as possible, making your fully-furnished, accessorised home look as if it only has the barest minimum of furniture. Tall, straight and thin steel home accessories such as wastepaper baskets, letter openers, hanging jars and cutlery holders are both easy on the eye and durable.

• Victorian. Still highly popular in the UK, the Victorian mode of decoration is heavy on wood, iron and ornate carvings. A king-size wooden bed with an ornately carved headboard can be supplemented with an iron wall sconce, holding your reading light. Sconces originally made for candles can also be adapted for light-bulbs, giving you the 19th century look and the 21st century convenience. Wrought iron planters and tea light holders also offer a stately look. Look for silverware and tea accessories that match your overall decor – these little touches enhance the authenticity of the period look like nothing else.

• Green. A “green” theme doesn’t mean you have to have green walls, green sofa sets and green bed linen. Today, a green theme for your home decor means that you choose sustainable materials for your home decor, and stick to colours which naturally occur in nature. For example, a light blue ceiling with adjustable yellow lights, light-coloured cotton curtains and light or dark brown wicker furniture lends a refreshing earthiness to a room. The best materials for a green home are metals and recycled wood. You can also consider buying used furniture, as it is much cheaper than new stuff and will mean reusing something that would otherwise be wasted. Adding green plants in terracotta or simple earth planters can enhance the green look. There are many easy-to-maintain plants that grow beautifully on window-sills, which can also be harvested to yield herbs for your cooking or even cosmetics. So if you want to “go green” in your new home, you have lots of choices for yourself.

From the walls to furniture to floor and garden, every part of your home needs to be taken into account while you decorate. You do not need to use an accessory on each part, but keep them in mind while making your plans. Browse through interior decoration stores and websites, and sleep over your investigations to come up with a decor plan that is both utilitarian and beautiful.