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Are You Tired of Spending Tons of Money to Decorate Your House?

Aug 4, 2008
Using these ideas will freshen up a room instantly. You can choose two or three of the ideas and completely change your room -- your friends may actually think everything is new! You'll be amazed by the results!

* Create A Foundation of Color

While no one likes to choose paint colors, tape, trim and paint, it is the basic necessity for a good, solid foundation.

The first step in choosing a paint color is to look around your room and choose a color from artwork, an area rug, or upholstery. Remember, that the color will surround you, so be careful not to go too intense or shocking. Reds, yellows and oranges tend to be warm colors that excite and titillate your senses (and your appetite!). Blues, greens and taupe/browns are calming colors that will soothe your senses.

* Create Drama With Window Treatments

While off-the-rack treatments can be mundane and boring, it is easy to create stunning treatments with a custom look using basic window panels. You can easily convert standard rod pocket panels into specialty valances or pleated panels, you can add grommets or elegant flat braid tabs, or layer multiple panels to create a designer look. These are easy, do-it-yourself type projects that transform boring rod pocket panels into stunning window treatments.

* Change Upholstery Accents

When you don't want to splurge on new upholstery, you have a couple of choices that will add pizzazz without the price tag of a new sofa.

The simplest is to change the throw pillows. If you only change the pillows, you will need to be sure that you make a dramatic statement or the change won't be strong enough to impact the whole room. You will also need to match the window treatments to tie everything together.

Choose dramatic fabrics and/or colors that will make a statement. To create a designer look, add lavish trims, buttons, or insets.

The other option is to re-cover only the cushions on the sofa. This works exceptionally well with leather sofas, and allows you to completely change the style of the room.

* Showcase New Artwork

You can completely change the style of your room by changing the artwork. Envision a large floral print over a neutral color sofa. The floral sets the tone, style and color scheme of the room. Now, imagine that same room with an abstract print over the sofa. Now, the room takes on an artsy, cotemporary feel.

* An Area Rug Is Art for Your Floor

Area rugs are like artwork, they can set the tone, style and color scheme for the entire room -- likewise they can change the entire room! Many Interior Designers recommend starting a room by choosing the area rug first, and building everything around the rug.

* Quick-Fix in the Kitchen/Dining Areas

While window treatments and area rugs are good ways to impact your kitchen and dining areas, another quick and easy fix is to change the fabric on the chair cushions. Many dining chairs can be do-it-yourself re-covering projects. However, a local upholsterer can help you with the project relatively inexpensively.

These are all dramatic, high impact changes that you can make happen in virutally any home without a ton of money or major renovations. However, some of us may need some extra help.

While most interior designers are primarily interested in total-room makeovers and large-scale projects, there is a new concept that is designed especially for the smaller project. Many design firms are adding small-project specialists -- often called Re-Designers.

Re-Designers typically help with arranging furniture, hanging wall art, choosing paint colors, accessorizing, choosing artwork or area rugs, or simply making do-it-yourself suggestions that will get the homeowners on the right track.

Finding the right window treatments can sometimes be difficult -- especially when you don't want what everyone else has, and big-box stores are carrying the same old thing. One resource that has taken pre-made panels to a new level is Softline. They are a manufacturer and sell only to retail stores. However, they have over 700 different fabrics, patterns and colors, and you can find local retailers in your area or on the Internet that carry their line.

Also you can find companies that specialize in providing "wholesale" or "Made-to-Measure" semi-custom treatments. These are usually full custom window dressing solutions that are offered in select style and select fabrics, but are custom-made to your specifications. With dozens of styles and thousands of fabrics to choose from, you can get a custom window treatment at wholesale prices!

Pick and choose among the ideas here to see how satisfying it is to come home to a fresh, new look! You will be amazed how good you'll feel, and you'll love the reaction of your friends and family.
About the Author
Melody Foster owns The Cozy Home, an interior design firm. They have Step-by-step Instructions on how to create the window treatments mentioned in this article. You can also Ask An Expert about your specific questions. You can purchase all styles of window treatments, including Softline panels, at The Cozy Home.
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