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Designer Tips On Ramping Up Your Home Décor

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 - Garden

Does your main living space have a case of the doldrums and blues? After an extended period of time without any changes or updates, our living spaces can become bland and less than welcoming. Don’t fall victim to the false notion that you need a giant budget and the assistance of a high end designer to revamp your living space. Nothing could be further from the truth. With a little ingenuity and hard work, your options are only limited by your imagination. Follow these recommendations from the professional interior designers to kick-off a ramp up of your living space. All successful designers will agree to that the success of a make-over of your personal space depends on planning in advance and staying within your budget and time line. Develop a budget and commit to staying with it.

The first step is to clear the space of furnishings. Larger furnishing pieces that cannot be moved should be draped with drop cloths or sheets in preparation for painting. Remove all art work from the walls, window treatments and hardware. Cover the floors with drop cloths as well. When selecting a new color for the space be mindful of the wall colors in the spaces that are within eyesight of the space you’re painting. The colors should complement one another. Select a light shade as a backdrop for furnishings, art and window treatments. If you’re truly stumped on a paint color, remind yourself that selecting a baby’s name is a major decision. Selecting a $25 gallon of paint is not. Prepare the walls for painting by spackling and sanding any wholes on the walls. Take advantage of the deals offered by Groupon coupons and stock up on cleaning supplies from Walgreens to aid in the clean-up after painting is completed. After applying two coats of paint, allow it to dry for at least twenty-four hours prior to resuming activity in the space. Take the opportunity to shine the windows on the interior and exterior. Natural light will highlight every space.

Prior to moving furnishings back into the space define the focal point of the space. This can be a fireplace, large picture window or oversized piece of furniture. Arrange your sofa and chairs in a conversational setting around the focal point in the room. Resist the temptation to bring smaller, occasional pieces to the space. This tends to create a cluttered look. Edit accessories. If you have multiple collections of accessories, select one grouping to display, store the remainder and rotate them throughout the year. Don’t be afraid of blank space on the walls or on tabletops.

Finally, address your window coverings and lighting needs. When hanging window treatments, install the hardware 3 to 5 inches below the ceiling height or ceiling molding. This will force the eye upwards and give the room a larger feel. Replace ceiling fixtures as warranted and insert soft white light bulbs into standing lamps. Congratulations, you’ve just succeeded in ramping up your home décor!


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