Home Decorating Made Simple

This room was too cluttered.


By simplifying and adding a table and chairs, this kitchen looks much better.
Believe it or not you have what it takes to do your own home decorating. All it takes is a little knowledge and some guided know - how and you are on your way.

To make this system even more fun, recruit a friend or family member to help. So get your paper and pencil ready, grab your decorating buddy and let's get started with this home decorating made simple, two step strategy. This strategy works best when you choose one room at a time and then finish it completely before getting started on another. By trying to take on too many rooms too quickly will cause you to feel overwhelmed and exhausted before you even get started. Take your time with one room at a time, approaching it as if it is your only room in the house.
Step number One to Home Decorating Made Simple:

Leave the furniture, but everything else in the room needs to be removed. Remove all your personal items. That means everything; pictures, linens, area rugs, pillows, electronics, lamps, artwork, books, silk flower arrangements and throws. Everything must go - even your window treatments, if they are not too elaborate.

Step Number Two to Home Decorating Made Simple:

Now that there is nothing left in the the room but your basic furniture. Stand at each corner of the almost bare room and really take a look at the space. Take notice of what you see, and more importantly what you do not see. Think about trying new angles for the furniture, a diagonal placement or pulling that sofa away from the wall? Maybe you will want to get rid of a few pieces of furniture that no longer fit or simply clutter up the space.

Be open at this point to:
  • Give the room a fresh coat of paint. If not the entire wall how about 1 accent wall or a new color for your window sills and base boards.
  • Leave out more of the stuff you removed rather than filling up every nook and cranny again.
  • Introduce a few new accents that will pull out different colors from the furniture fabrics or favorite painting.
Now, with the room down to the basics it's time to "see" those fresh possibilities and its renewed decorating potential. Once you've spent some time using your empty room as a muse, grab a paper and pencil and begin making a list of possible room changes. What other items can be relocated into different rooms in the home, exchange one for the other, remove and reuse to home decorating made simple with dazzle.

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