Gosh, I wish I knew how to Decorate
I am so bad in decorating my home. I’ve been living in my new home since 2013. Here it is 2015, and I’m still not done. I need to get a new dining set. I still have unopened boxes in one of the bedrooms.
Last week, I bought a new area rug that I rec’d yesterday. It’s so pretty and plushy. I also bought an armless chair from Target that I plan to put in the corner by my uplight. I also want to hang curtains. When I was house shopping, I got a lot of ideas from some of the houses I went to see. One living room I saw had some iron filagree type decorations on each side of the windows. I would like to duplicate that look.
My kitchen is still plain chalky white. Before I attempt to put some color on the walls, I would like to install a backsplash. I have stainless steel appliances, and I saw some tiles that have stainless steel in them.
I miss the earlier TV shows that demonstrated easy to-it-yourself projects that regular homeowners could replicate at home. Today’s remodeling TV shows are too advanced. I miss "Design on a Dime" and "Trading Spaces." I used to get a lot of ideas from those shows.
Are you a good designer? Where do you get your ideas?
Aquafina…it sounds like you’re on the right track..aquiring thing slowly…taking your time. I always believed that your home should reflect what you love…and should look, like you.
I start with colors that I love..what colors are in your closet? What do you wear the most? I carry that color in some way from room to room.
I also narrow down wall color to a few..and paint test color on the wall of the room that they are going to be in so that I can see what they look like in all light…day, night, with lights on…it makes my husband crazy but that way I know what the true color will be and what it will look like in all light. You can always get little samples of colors at Lowe’s or Home Depot. I never trust the color cards.
I sew…so, I make all my own curtains and throw pillows and such….I find a fabric I fall totally in love with for whatever room it is going in…usually a Waverly pattern…and pick colors out of that fabric to use on my walls. But it could be a comforter for a bedroom…a pillow in the living room or family room…a cloth napkin for the kitchen/breakfast area…that’s where my color inspiration comes from. Then I use that color for my accessories. Or a shade of that color.
I have sage green thru my house now…some version of it thru my whole house…with taupe and off white…some rooms have more green, some have more taupe, some more off white…but all three of those colors are in all the rooms…they are the base for the whole house.
Oh…and Magazines…I have loads of magazines and I get more every month…that is where I get my ideas.
I hope this helped.
Great suggestions, Cindy. When we built a house, I was ready with a large stack of torn out pages from magazines. It really helped a lot!
I have also saved a ton of pics on Pinterest and Houzz, and have found a great deal of inspiration there. I highly recommend creating a folder for design ideas. You can easily spend an afternoon on those sites! I would say a good starting point is Pinterest, and when you see photos of rugs or chairs that look similar to what you already purchased, save the photos of any rooms where you like the other pieces in the ensemble that complement them. This may also give you ideas of colors you want to use.
I used to watch those shows too, I liked Design on a Dime. I forget the title, but HGTV had a show where a couple would ask the designers to reproduce a high end expensive room on a budget. The "after" often had some nicer looking pieces than the "before". Now they do marathons of Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, Love It or List It and Flip or Flop. I enjoy some of those shows, but they use a lot of professionals in them. I still miss Kitty Bartholomew!
If you collect anything, consider how you can display them creatively. When I lived in a Victorian home, I filled both sides of a fireplace with my antique hatpin collection in cabinets flanking it, and it added interest to the room.
For iron filagree decorations, here in my city we have some nice furniture consignment shops, I occasionally see iron wall decorations there. We also have a couple architectural salvage centers that have iron filagree pieces from time to time. I am tempted to suggest looking for decorations on eBay, but shipping iron would be expensive. ‘Worth a try I suppose.
Please let us know how things progress for your home, AQUAFINA! I find interior design to be an enjoyable creative outlet, but as you said, we need a source of inspiration and good ideas.
My sister is a big do it yourselfer. I know she goes to you tube and checks out the how to videos for things like installing tile backsplashes, caulking, painting or refinishing cabinets. She even painted the brick on her fireplace, and it looks awesome.
I’m sorry I’m not much help (she helped me decorate my place). But I suggest searching for the how to videos as a place to start.
Thank you everyone for taking the time to reply. I appreciate it.
Sophia, yes, I find that You Tube is a big help. You can learn just about anything on You Tube. I learned how to make stretchy bracelets on You Tube.
Karebair, people at work are always talking about Pinterest. I need to start looking at Pinterest. I watched House Hunters Renovations. I had no idea there was such a show other than the regular House Hunters. But their budgets are huge…like $55K huge! I like the folder idea. I keep a folder for just about everything. It only makes sense to keep one for decorating.
Cindy, I love green too. My bedroom is painted "Frosted Pine" in a matte finish. It’s a little darker than sage. I love the color, it’s so serene. At my former house, my kitchen was painted a hunter green. It was a little bold, but I loved it! Plus, the green wasn’t on every wall, just the walls hiding behind cabinets and the fridge.
Y’all have giving me some good ideas. I’ll try to post a pic of my chair that I bought at Target. It was fairly easy putting it together.
I can fix anything with YouTube. At least, I like to think so, LOL
I meant to put my post under Sophia’s post. Sorry.
I may be totally wrong..but here goes!
I’m a little leery of coatings..
These color coated knives when they need to be sharpened..does the color come off at the sharpening edge??
Thanks Candice..but maybe I didn’t say it correctly..
If it’s coated..doesn’t some of the coating scrape off with the sharpening process..?
Sharpening is metal against metal am I not right?
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12.11.15 9:42 PM