Practice Home Decorating Tips

Having trouble decorating your home? Afraid of buying new furniture pieces due to shortage of funds? If yes, read on and follow tips on how to have an affordable yet beautiful room.

Home decorating does not need to be extravagant and difficult because with the right tools, equipment and skills, you can create a beautiful and cost efficient room.

With the limited funding you have, it would be unwise to consider hiring an interior designer. You should remember that the more established they are, the higher their fees and the more it would cost you, thus, it is best that you decorate your room. You can find tips and decorating techniques on magazines and the Internet.

Interior decorating do not need to be draining and stressful as you think because with the right do-it-yourself decorating furniture fixtures, you san save money, yet you add personal touch to your room. Majority of these DIY fixtures are easy to assemble and can be completed within few hours or days.

Before you start your work, make an inventory of all the items inside your room. Decide which pieces need repair, need to be removed and be replace and which items are lacking.

Some DIY projects that can be of help to you include:

Lampshades – You can refurbish your old lampshades by sewing a fabric or paper or adding a single strip of color to create a dramatic appearance. To prevent fires, make sure to dry the glue completely before you switch it on.
Wall art – It is easy to do, all you need is to create a decorative scrapbook on art canvas or paper and enclose it on a frame and hang it on the wall.
Curtain details – You can do little changes to your existing curtains by adding an accent on the top.
Customized headboard – you can customize the headboard of your bed by creating your own designs.
Accent pillows – You can also put an accent fabric to your throw pillows by sewing a different shade of fabric to the cloth.
Wall shelving – By creating a shelving display space, you can remove clutter in the room.
Cabinets – You can refurbish your old cabinets by repainting it with a new color.
Old furniture pieces – You can also change and refurbish old furniture by painting them with new color.

If you are short of budget, you can auction or hold a garage sale to trade all old furniture, clothes, decorative items that you no longer use to raise money to buy the things that you need for your room. Selling these items not only lets you raise money, but also remove unwanted pieces from your room.

You can also reuse your belongings, like sewing your old draperies into cushion cover and repaint your old drawer chest or cabinet to create a new look.

No matter what theme you have for your room, always remember to keep the decoration simple as possible. Make sure to reduce the number of furniture items to have an organized, spacious and clean look to your room.

DIY Home Decorating: Failing to Plan Means Planning to Fail

We have all either been there or witnessed the scene unfold on television or in a movie. You know, that scene when a family piles in the car ready for what appears to be a trip of some length. As the car leaves the driveway someone turns to Dad (usually driving) and inquires about directions to their destination. In a voice just a bit more confident than is necessary the father figure replies that they need not worry as he knows exactly how to get where they are going. Sadly we all know that this scene usually ends with the family stranded in some dark and foreboding location with Dad still convinced he knows where he’s going.

Modern GPS technology has all but eliminated this archetypal scene from current film or television situations but the larger issue remains. In many very modern situations, GPS notwithstanding, making a real mess of things can still result when adequate planning is forgotten or ignored.

Such is the case with DIY home decorating projects, the subject of my thoughts today. A quick visit to some of the growing industries most popular online chat and advice rooms will turn up a shockingly large number of questions which have to do with spacial layouts, furniture arrangement, room organization and scale, proportion and size questions. One pleading post simply said (after offering a photo of a minuscule living room and a much too large sofa) “please, can anyone help me arrange my living room so that our new sofa will fit”. Sadly, in this case, even a shoe-horn would not help.

So what’s a self-empowered, modern homeowner to do?

In a word I would say ‘plan’, which in this instance means create a scaled floor plan of the room in question and, in similar fashion, measure any and all existing furniture pieces you intend to place in the room. If your situation requires the addition of new furniture to the room the same applies; measure first, purchase second. Only after understanding, on paper, the ramifications of that over-sized sofa can you proceed with confidence knowing that it will both fit and look attractive in a balanced and pleasing manner.

Many will protest that this type of floor-plan is for professionals and that mere mortals can’t hope to aspire to such technically challenging tasks. To this I say phooey.

Here are three options (the first two are free) to place in your hands the floor plan you need to begin your decorating project on solid ground:

1. Graph Paper and a Straight Edge. This old-fashioned method still works, if you are in a pinch. Graph paper is marked in quarter-inch increments. Take a measuring tape and walk the length and width of your room. Count boxes on the graph paper to coincide with the measurements recorded from your measuring tape. A simple rectangle or square will suffice but will give you documentation of the space you have. Smaller squares and rectangles will represent your existing furniture pieces and in no time you will have an accurate representation of your room. Study this. Commit this to memory and make no plans or purchases without consulting your plan.