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How To Create A Comfortable Room

When do-it-yourself home decorators start their projects they think of fabrics and paint colors, furniture and flooring, texture and lighting. They head to a home decorating store and look at carpet samples, compare flooring prices, study the specs on faucets, and borrow wallpaper sample books.

Very rarely do do-it-yourself decorators take the time to sit down with graph paper and map out a room for comfort. Chair placement is often decided by the aesthetic quality or balance. Almost never do home decorators determine how to place furniture before they take the time to lay out a room.

That is why there are bedrooms that contain chairs, which will never be used. Poor furniture placement in the living room forces people to turn their heads to talk, lean uncomfortably when placing coffee cups on tables, raise their voices when speaking, and twist uncomfortably in furniture.

It is not that difficult to create a comfortable room. The first step is to create a focal point. This point should be some place that draws the eyes. It can be a bookshelf, piano, mantle, or a table with a vase of flowers. However, do not become too enamored with the focal points in decorating magazines.

Yes, a beautiful $500 hand blown vase full of blood red roses may look perfect on an antique table. But, the cost of replacing $50 of roses every couple of weeks, the frustration of maintaining an antique table, and the fear that a child will shatter the vase, make the magazine’s suggestion impractical.

This type of impractical decorating has been seen in many larger homes. Home decorators buy over sized and overstuffed furniture. They expertly lay out rustic rooms with 6′ square mosaic coffee tables. However, when the room is finished, the table cannot be used for fear that it will be ruined and people are so far apart that communication is difficult.

In fact, if you’ve ever tried to curl up in an overstuffed chair with a hot drink, a quilt, and a good book, you’ll quickly realize that furniture manufacturers sacrificed comfort for prestige and image.

Another consideration when creating a comfortable room is the traffic flow. There is nothing more frustrating than running a gauntlet of furniture and clutter. Traffic should be able to move through a room without forcing people to move their feet off stools, or tuck their feet in so someone can pass.

Traffic should also be able to move through a room without stepping over furniture, or walking in front of the television screen. Traffic should also move without bumping into entertainment centers, bookcases, and knocking items off tables.

This brings another aspect into consideration. Many people feel that rooms need to be cluttered with furniture. This is not true. Purchasing a large, solid wood entertainment center, just to ‘own’ it, is as impractical as using over stuffed furniture in family rooms.

Take The Fear Out Of Wallpaper

Blank walls are a source of frustration for most do-it-yourself home decorators. Blank walls say ‘you are lacking as a decorator,’ and haunt us for years. The adventurous home decorators may experiment with texturing stucco, a stucco and sand and paste, grass paper, and stenciling. Most home decorators feel they are limited two alternatives, paint or wallpaper.

New technology is making wallpapers simpler to hang and remove, and easier to paint. Easy-hang wallcoverings, called non-wovens, are created with the do-it-yourself home decorator in mind.

These clever new papers are beginner-proof. If you’ve ever hung wallpaper you’ll realize that no wall is plumb, straight from the top to the bottom, and square. This makes it almost impossible to make patterns line up and look straight.

Installing easy-hang wallpapers is now quicker than painting. The papers are almost a type of vinyl, removing the need for smoothing the wall to a perfectly smooth surface and then applying a base coat and two or more top coats. Painting requires the application time and then waiting hours or days between coats.

New wallpapers stick to walls with magnet-force, but are easy to reposition. The non-woven wallpapers will not twist, expand or contract, eliminating the need to “book” the wallpaper, or fold it for a few minutes to facilitate the expansion or shrinkage.

This also eliminates those horrible seams that separate. In fact, seams disappear.

Made from natural and synthetic fibers found in common household products like gauze, tea bags and coffee filters, non-wovens are tear-resistant during both installation and removal. Whereas paper-backed, pre-pasted wallpaper may require steamers, strippers and countless hours to pry it off sheetrock walls, easy-hang wallpapers come down in entire sheets within minutes with a simple, gratifying tug at a corner, without marring the walls. You can even roll the sheets and take them with you if you move.

Non-woven wallcoverings are also eco-friendly, vinyl free and breathable, so they are ideal choices for kitchens and baths or wherever mold and mildew are a concern.

For do-it-yourself decorators who love the faux finish style, non-woven wallpaper is easier to paint. Manufacturers offer patterns that mimic professional quality faux finishes.

The result is a pleasingly richly textured wall, in only two steps. Hang the wallpaper. Paint the wall.

How to get started with easy-hang wallpaper:

Pick Product: There are many new manufacturers. Take the time to explore what they all have to offer. Often called “non-woven” wallcoverings, vinyl, or

Demand Samples: Do not make a purchase until you experiment with samples. Do not worry, most non-woven papers are easy to remove. All local retailers should be able to request samples from manufacturers. You may also be able to go to a manufacturer website and request samples.

Unique Uses For Tile

Traditionally, tile has been used in bathrooms and kitchens. Different tiles are used for backsplashes, counters, tub enclosures and floors. However, tile is now coming into its own. Home decorators are learning how to use tile to create a finished look on everything from ceilings to tables.

The basic belief is, ‘if there is a seam, tile can cover it.’

Ceiling tiles often have an unfinished or rough look. While many homeowners are using tiles to fix ceilings in basements and old homes, they never look finished and neat. The metal seams, or the broken gaps that appear between the tiles.

Home decorators can use both vinyl back plastic faux tile or they can use kitchen tile to cover the seams. A concaved strip tile, normally made for edging, will give the seams a polished look.

Coarse terracotta style tile is great for adding texture and color to dark areas and recesses. Broken tile has been used to decorate old lamps, plant pots, frames, mirrors, and tables. Now, decorators are using broken chunks of tile to create mosaics on walls, to cover old window wells, and on doors.

Tile can be used anywhere that has traditionally been covered in wood trim. It takes a brave decorator to use tile with a bold creativity. Traditionally, glazed tile has been used on walls, stone on the floor. Now, a stone trim at the bottom of an entrance increase durability and adds an artistic flair.

Bull nose and half bull nose trim is perfect for trimming utility rooms and garage entrances. They increase durability and reduces cleaning time.

Counter tile and trim is as versatile as floor tile. It moves from walls to trim with ease. Marble and stone has the advantage of coming in a variety of colors and textures. It is more expensive, but a decorator may be able to buy scraps from contractors.

Tile excels on the patio. Its versatility and ease allow decorators to create curves and mold the patio around the natural landscape. Stepping the tile can also direct rain and water run off, protecting the landscape.

A good base is necessary for tile. However, careful planning allows decorators to lay a patio around trees and gardens. Today’s tile can be laid over virtually any surface. Tile can be safely installed over linoleum, concrete, and wood.

Another adventure home decorators have embarked on is 3-D tile. The tile manufacturers have been exploring with embossed tile for several years. Now, home decorators are working to pile tile on tile.

Layering tile on tile can be an easy way to add an artistic flair to a normally dead wall space.

The last venue for artistic people in the kitchen is homemade tiles. Many people make their own tiles to explore depth of perception, shape, and color. While homemade tiles are very easy to make, they are incredibly time consuming.

Creating tile takes patience, depending on the medium, material, used, the tile makers may need the help of a potter to prevent distortion or fragile tiles.

Where To Find Home Decorating Inspiration

Redecorating a home or room starts inspiration. The web has a million of places where homeowners can find inspiration, advice, and tips on how to decorate their home.

Websites like www.getdecorating.com offer homeowners thousands of pictures of professionally decorated homes. Most home decorators cannot afford $20 a foot trim, or $1500 faucets, but they can use the pictures to aid their own decorating plans.

About the only thing the websites and major magazines cannot help homeowners do is translate the designs portrayed in the large decorator mansions into a viable solution for their own condominium, or family home.

These sites do offer homeowners solutions to common problems. Very few of these big homes do not have common problems. Huge windows, large blank walls, picture windows, difficult to manage floor plans, and awkward kitchens are only a small sample of problems home decorators must deal with.

Take a second look at the pictures of the large homes. Each picture will offer solutions to lighting, space, and layout problems.

Community and Social Networking sites like www.about.com and www.ivillage.com are the best places to find real-world decorating ideas. Many of these sites have pictures of the writer’s rooms and decorating projects.

While some of these photos may have been decorated with the help of professionals, most of them are designed with products purchased at local stores or from online stores.

Online stores are a haven for home decorators. Like everything, there are good sites and mediocre sites. A good site will offer unique products, and best quality items, for less than retail. While saving money is good, finding quality is vital for decorating the perfect room.

A homeowner who is decorating a master bedroom often wants a Damask cover for the bed. What they end up with is a Damask print. Homeowners do not need to ‘settling for second best’ anymore. They can now go online and find a real Damask Duvet cover for less than the price of a department store bed-in-a-bag deals.

These online stores are a great source for inspiration. They offer the newest releases from the furniture and decorating manufacturers. These products are created to fit into the current decorating trends.

In many cases, local brick-and-mortar decorating stores are several months behind on trends. Even when they stock the current trends, they must focus on the most popular designs. This drastically reduces their stock to the classics and contemporary designs.

Another great place to find inspiration is by watching movies. Family movies are great places to find out how real people decorate family homes.

Homeowners often over look the pictures in family movies and family magazines. The decorating ideas used in family homes are not as glamorous as those in the decorating magazines are, but they do have some important advantages.

Home Decorators Tips

Current info about Decorators is not always the easiest thing to locate. Fortunately, this report includes the latest Decorators info available.

Is your house and home feeling a little bit tired and jaded? Does it lack that special edge that it once had? If so you’re no doubt sick of living in a home that no longer suits you so why not convert that drab interior to something fantastic? Your home should be a place of rest and relaxation. A place for you to recharge your batteries that have been drained by todays busy lifestyles. The great news is that regardless of what type of look or feel you want your redecorated home to have there are ideas aplenty available to you for use as inspiration.

There are several important tips that you should follow for each interior or home decorating project:

1. Choose A Theme

Have a very clear idea of what you want the finished “product” to look like before you begin. Get your hands on as many home decorating books and magazines as you can. As you read through them you’ll find yourself drawn to one theme or style more than others. Exposure to as many decorating styles as possible is the key to success here.

2. Choose A Color Scheme

During your theme research you’ll have noticed that most decorating themes rely on specific color schemes to achieve the required results; those colors are standard to that particular decorating theme. What do we mean by this? Well for example Asian decorating styles and themes are dominated by the use of red, black and dark blue. Another example is tropical decorating themes which rely more on green, red and aqua colors. Your chosen theme will, realistically, follow the same basic pattern of using a fixed palette of colors for the entire decorating project.

3. Choose A Use For the Room

Hopefully the information presented so far has been applicable. You might also want to consider the following:

What will you actually do in the room you’re redecorating? Just because the room was originally built for a specific purpose don’t mentally trap yourself by only decorating to that particular type of room. For example if your family eats most of their meals in the kitchen then don’t decorate your dining room with a large dining table and accessories – it’s a waste of the room. It could be converted to a study, home office or even a play room so don’t limit your thinking to using any room for its original purpose – unless it suits you of course.

4. The Shopping List

Of all the items that you could potentially list here paint is the most important. Paint forms the “foundation” of any room and if you rush the paint job then everything that comes afterwards just won’t “work” in the room. Another mistake many people make is to buy the cheapest paint possible. You might save a few bucks on the cost of the tin but you’ll wind up kicking yourself later on when you realize it’s going to take 3 coats to finish each wall instead of just one – it’s generally not cost effective to buy cheap paint; it just doesn’t cover or finish as well as the more expensive brands.

Also make allowances in your budget for disposable overalls and any cleaning or preparatory materials you might need for your project. Decorating can be a messy business so prepare for the clean up operation before you even begin.

5. What To Paint With?

Another important decision is whether to use brushes, a roller or foam painting pads. Brushes have their uses for “edging out” a room – for those tiny corners. For the large surface areas it makes more sense to use a roller or paint pads. Personally I’ve found rollers to be just plain old messy and now use paint pads (some stores call them speed painters) for any large surface area that needs to be painted well and quickly. Use a roller if you really have to but bear in mind that they’re extremely messy so make sure both you (disposable overalls are ideal) and the flooring is well covered against splashes.

Don’t forget to have some fun along the way too! For all the planning, preparation and work that goes into redecorating any room or home it should still be a fun experience for everyone involved. You’ll have that added sense of satisfaction knowing that you redecorated or helped to redecorate your home with your own hands. Take some time out to relax in your new room once it’s finished – especially before you start redecorating the next room in the house.