Home Decor Buying Guide

Are you frustrated with the look of your home, but not sure where to start?  We’ve been there and we understand.  Our home decor buying guide includes some basic information and tips to help you along your way to a beautiful home.

Style

Before you add to your home decor, sometimes it’s helpful to know what decor style you tend to lean toward.  Listed below are the most common styles of home decor and what identifies them.

Contemporary-Color is what defines this style.  Fun and bold colors take center stage in furniture and accessories.Funky and offbeat. this style is vibrant and fun.  A great place to show off your wild side.

Traditional-This style is defined by balance.  The colors harmonize and welcome complimenting accessories such as throw pillows or area rug in the hues of the room.  Formal or casual, most rooms are done in this style.

Cottage– Natural is the key to this style.  White washed woods, light colors, and elements from nature such as sea shells are staples to the cottage look.

French Country-Think toile, iron, and lace for this style.  Shades of blue, red, and black are often present.  Usually formal, this look is associated with distressed finishes and antique-look accessories.

Eclectic-Did you find a little bit of each style in your room?  Then this is your style!  Anything goes, you can mix and match collors, patterns, and accessories.  The popular shabby chic touch fits into this style.

Evaluating The Space

Focal Point-Think of this as your starting point.  Pick the feature of your room with the biggest impact like a painting, fireplace, or area rug.  From this one item, you will build the look and feel of your room.

Theme-Look at your focal point, what catches your eye?  Is it a certain color?  Does it look romantic?  Asian?  Southwestern?  Now you have your theme.  Your theme an be antique, romance, country, or anything about your focal point that really stands out.

Clutter-Before you bring anything new into the room, are there things you need to take out?  No amount of decorating can take the place of organization.

Sum It All Up-Now take a good look at your room.  Is your theme carried through the entire room?  If not, plan on bringing in some accessories to make it complete.  No enough color?  Add some with new window decor or throw pillows.  To much empty space?  Consider more furniture or wall decor in your style and theme to bring it all together.

Buying

Using What You Already Have-Look around your other rooms, and don’t forget the attic and basement, for hidden decor gems like photographs, that antique vase that your grandmother left you, or anything else that catches your eye.  why spend money when you have a treasure waiting to be discovered?

Accessories-Small items such as decorative clocks or glassware can be inexpensive to purchase and can have a big impact on your room’s appearance.  Try to keep accessories to a minimum, one or two per table or space, so that the area doesn’t look cluttered.  Keep in mind that you will have to move each of these items when you clean and there is no need to make it hard on yourself.

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