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Charlie's Home Decorating Ideas

Charles Gueli shares 22 Home Decorating Ideas that will add beauty and elegance to your home as well as increase the resale value.

  1. Home Decorating IdeasDo you do needlepoint, quilting, crochet or knit? How about oil painting? Personalize your space by incorporating your handy-work into the decor. Combine these with a few of your favorite furnishings - your favorite chair, a few fun pillows, etc. - and you'll have a room that's full of conversation pieces.
  2. Clutter looks chaotic and takes up living space. If you think a room is cluttered, put some of those favorite items away - fewer means more comfort.
  3. Collections are most effective when bunched close together. But if there are too many pieces in the collection, people will not appreciate what you have. It's the law of diminishing returns. You might consider giving a few pieces to family members. Then you can appreciate those when you visit. If what you collect is small (like thimbles or golf balls), enclose your collection in a shadow box with a clear cover.
  4. We all get gifts from loved ones that we don't particularly want. If you don't like something, don't display it. Allow YOUR taste to be seen by the way you decorate your home. It's sometimes hard to disregard the feelings of others, but every once in a while you have to make yourself happy.
  5. We're talking about memories when we talk about pictures. You can't appreciate them when they're hidden in an album or on a computer disc. Surround yourself with family and friends. Design a wall (or 2, or 3) of memorabilia - artwork your kids made; ancestral photographs; one section just about your daughter's wedding.
  6. If you've put meaningless art on the walls, just because something had to be hung there, replace it with stuff you and your visitors will appreciate every time you walk past. Lay it out before you start hanging and it'll look fine. Live plants are best, but if they are too much trouble, or if you don't have a green thumb, think about the silk variety. These will only require an occasional dusting. The greener the better.
  7. Some green can go in any room - it's very soothing and seems to make people feel better. But stay away from plastics - they look it.
  8. I'm a big fan of aromatic candles. You can also get in the habit of playing some soft music - it's soothing. Accommodating your other senses adds a feeling of comfort and balance to a room. The more of your senses are pleased, the more comfortable you will feel when you're in the room.
  9. It's a good idea to mix heights and sizes of furnishings and accessories in order to achieve a sense of proportion among these items. It creates visual interest to have short paired with tall, or slim paired with wide.
  10. It's also a good idea to achieve balance by using accessories in groups of three. For example, a table could have a decorative box combined with a pair of decanters. Or a coffee table might see a pair of books combined with one tall object and a low round bowl. An end table could have a plant and a small statue next to a lamp. You get the idea. Use those photographs as much as you like.
  11. Cool colors like green and blue are welcoming and soothing; red and yellow can bring warmth if they aren't too bright (in which case they will drive you away); an item will stand out if it's in front of a contrasting color (blue with orange, yellow with purple, green with red), and it will blend-in if you put complimenting colors (in the same family, like brown and tan) together.
  12. Changing the color of a room is a quick and inexpensive way to change the mood. Balance is important. If the room is generally monotone, you might spice it up with a colorful throw rug, or with whatever you hang on the walls. But do something to avoid the room feeling drab.
  13. People (like moths) are drawn to light. Without overdoing it, plenty of light will be inviting to your visitors, and give you a good place to read. 3-way bulbs will give you flexibility. Lighting can be accent, task, or ambient (general). A blend of all three will allow you to change the mood of the room by simply flicking a switch.
  14. Stained, etched, smoked, etc. - decorative glass can be an accent, or it can dominate a room. Small pieces on shelves or table tops will add accent colors wherever you think they are needed. Large pieces will become focal points. Here are just a few ideas about how you can incorporate designed glass into your décor, but the variations are limitless.
    • A free-standing glass screen in front of a fireplace.
    • An inset wall panel with back lighting for dramatic illumination.
    • Glass panels over a low wall.
    • Panels in front of windows to give color to the incoming sunlight.
    • Transoms above doors.
    • Dividing panels between vanity and shower areas in a bathroom.
    • A free-standing screen acting as a partition between living and dining areas.
  15. Decorative glass won't break the bank, giving your décor a lot of bang for your buck.
  16. Before hanging a mirror, think about what will be reflected in it. Don't let it be a blank wall or an air conditioner. Make the mirror reflect something decorative. For example, in a dining room, add a table runner or centerpiece so that the mirror will reflect more than a bare table.
  17. In bathrooms, mirrors are often frameless and uninteresting. Add interest by adding a molding or beveled glass strips around the perimeter. This can easily be done with twoway tape, which won't damage the walls. If mitered corners pose a problem for the unhandy among us, consider putting rosettes in the corners.
  18. For practical reasons, every bedroom should have one full-length mirror. If it's on a wall, and not on the back of a door, place it so that it reflects through a window. This helps bring the outside space into the room and will make the room seem expansive.
  19. Wall to wall carpet should be neutral in color - it becomes part of the house. Rugs on the other hand should add color and the design should reflect your personality. They can go in any room in the house.
  20. Sizes should be dictated by the size of the room, and by the furniture. Do you want the furniture on the rug, or off. If on, make the rug large enough that none of the furniture sits half-on and half-off. If off, small rugs can make great accent pieces, but be careful not to have a rug that's too small and look like a postage stamp on the floor.
  21. Runners are good for making those plain hallways more attractive. These are important for safety as well as aesthetics. Rugs will certainly add to the acoustic comfort of a room.
  22. On stairs, noise is often amplified. A runner will muffle the sound. You probably don't own enough rugs. Remember, they can be changed seasonally for mood swings. Let's go shopping.
  23. Rug pads are important. They extend the life of the rug, and protect the floor beneath it, while preventing a slipping hazard. On hardwood or tile flooring, get a pad with a rubber backing. The waffle backs will leave marks that might cause you to have your hardwood floors refinished.
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