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Do you wish your home would look the same as those magazines? Do you wonder how the colors that you see and the choices of fabrics and furnishings would look in your home together? You want that luxury look so bad that you find yourself driving to Home Depot or Lowes looking at different paint swatches, taking sample after sample home but afraid to paint. So why do you still have your walls in the builder’s white paint it came with years ago? The answer is simple; you do not know where to begin and you don’t trust your inner voice.

For most who do not have the extra money to buy new furnishings, and all new accessories, here are some basic tips in achieving a Designer look that fits you:

1. COLOR – Painting is the cheapest improvement to update your home, it is also the easiest to reverse. Depending on your taste you would want to start by trying on different hues of paint. Try to use a neutral palette if you are not too sure of what color you want. It is the safest choice. Neutral colors do not have to be boring. You can use different shades of browns, ranging from light taupe to dark caramel or chocolate brown. When painting and you want to use a two-tone effect commonly used by designers, make sure that the colors complement each other. Consider also your current furnishings, are they going to blend well with the color of the fabric on your sofa or dining chairs?

2. FURNITURE PLACEMENT: People are often challenged with arranging their furniture ending up putting sofas against the walls. Although there may be times that this is the best choice, consider placing them flanking or facing the focal point of the room. Put sofas and chairs in a conversational way. A good rule of thumb to have a minimum of 18 inches clearance between sofas and coffee table to allow for knees not to bump into the table yet close enough to be able for a seated person to reach for the items on it.

– Bedroom furniture placement can be another point of some confusion. Make sure your head board is on the focal point wall. If you have a square room, it is easy to do…but if you have an irregular room, look for the window and door placement. Let those be your guide, you always want a good comfortable flow through a room.

3. WINDOW COVERINGS: Hang curtains over your window blinds.  Hanging curtains, whether you have any window blinds or not help in addressing privacy, as well as soften the look of the rooms you’re decorating. Match the colors of your furnishings and wall paint or make sure they complement each other. Use texture if you are designing in neutrals, so that the room will look more interesting.
 
– lower ceilings, to give the illusion of height, hang curtains from ceiling to floor.

– Small window, you can give a sense that the window is bigger by hanging the curtains wider than it should, layering curtains with sheer panel underneath can help in achieving this illusion.
4. ACCESSORIZE: Now the fun part, accessorizing. (Kirkland’s is awesome for finding great deals on amazing items)Put framed art on the wall; make sure that they are at eye level. Do not put a small frame in the middle of a very huge wall. It will look awkward. Make sure to have a unifying theme for the room you are decorating, for example, if you would like to decorate in an Asian theme, this should repeat in the accessories you would use in the entire room. From the throw pillows, flower vases, lamps, etc.
– Do not be afraid to use varying texture to achieve that designer look. Mix things that sparkle with textured items. This puts more dimensions to your design.

Hope these few tips help get your creative juices flowing. Good Luck,

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