Sunday, April 16, 2006

Home Decorating

All you have to do is watch enough TV to realize that a lot of people are intimidated by home decorating. There are shows of all lengths and types about how to fix up and decorate your home. In fact, there's a whole chanel devoted to it. Home and Garden TV aka HGTV. (I love HGTV.)

But you don't have to have cable or satellite TV to get the benefits of HGTV. Their web site has tips on everything from how to decorate to how to get organized.

They have a great list of tips for picking paint colors. When I read through it I realized that I suggest many of the same things. So, be bold! Don't live in a white box! Personalize your space!

Here's my two favorite color tips:

Throw open your closet and study the color of your clothes: Most people buy clothes in colors they like to wear and think they look good in. Similarly, you should decorate your rooms in colors you look good in.

Follow your own personal style: If you decorate honestly, other people will appreciate it because it’s you, even if they’d never decorate their own house in the same way. That means that if you want to make every room in your house red, white and blue, go for it. You can make any color look good as long as it’s your taste.

Not sure what kind of couch to pick or style to use in decorating your space? They have tips for that, too. Here's a few of my favorite quotes from this link:

Make it personal. Instead of going to Pottery Barn and buying a vase because it’s in good taste and a certain color, poke through your closets and drawers and see what treasures you might unearth – mementos from a family trip, a gift from great-aunt Nellie.

• really need to look at whether or not your kitchen serves your life. Sit down and figure out how often you actually cook, eat together as a family, or entertain friends for dinner.