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Home accent furnishings

By Jean Sanders
Info Guru, Catalogs.com

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Most people need a little help in decorating, whether it's a room or an entire house.
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Some tips on selecting home accent furnishings

If you're stumped for ideas on how to decorate your bedroom or are unsure how to arrange the furniture in the den, you probably need to do some research. And, if you've never done any home decorating before or if you just lack the confidence to make decorating decisions, you might need some help in deciding your home accent furnishings. Here are some ideas garnered from the website of Coral Nafie,"Your Guide to Interior Decorating."

The easiest way to get ideas for decorating your own home is by seeing furniture arrangements in other settings, colors of paint on other walls, or window treatments on someone else's windows. The best ways to get a handle on what you might like is to peruse decorating magazine and books, visit a decorator showroom or browse through the many decorating sites online. You'll be amazed at how much information you can get by just sitting at your computer.

Whether you're decorating a single room or a whole house, a cottage or, if you're one of the favored few - a castle, you'll find there are numerous guides to decorating styles available and quite helpful. They will help you focus in on your likes and dislikes and you'll learn elements that will help you achieve your dream room

With so many home accent furnishings products on the market, buyers traveling around the globe, and shoppers expecting more for their homes, consumers have an infinite array of products, finishes, colors, decorative elements, and prices available. The sky's the limit and there's really no reason for anyone to be stuck with a home decorating scheme that doesn't capture their own unique style and interests.

If you haven't yet identified your particular style or if you're uncertain about how to proceed, take a look at traditional styles and see some of the newest decorating trends. You'll find that nothing is really new, but it's fun to see how old favorite themes, fabrics, and details adapt to a fresh new look.

Find the style that will help to give your home your distinctive look and one that truly reflects your taste. For example, do you think you like contemporary style? Contemporary interiors have a mantra: clean lines, sculptural furnishings, art, neutral elements and bold color. While some people dislike contemporary style for looking stark and cold, others find it exciting, urban, and fresh.

It's a look that often appeals to artists and architects who love the underlying simplicity of line, shape, and form of contemporary styling. Generally, few accessories are needed; both the accessories and art are large scale, architectural, and add texture to an unmistakably contemporary interior.

The color palette in a contemporary interior can be anything from a mix of neutrals, to black and white, to the use of bright and bold color. Black is often used to ground and define a contemporary room. Line may be the single most important element of a contemporary interior. Look for it in architectural shapes and curves, in the bold use of black or color, in background details such as soaring ceilings or tall windows, and in sculptural or geometric elements and art—all can be truly beautiful home accent furnishing. If you love the look of contemporary, here are some ideas for creating your own modern room.

Architectural and functional elements of a space are fully embraced in a contemporary interior, whether they are beautiful or simply structural. Ceiling pipes in loft spaces, broken brick walls in a former factory building, metal ductwork, etc. is often left exposed, adding textural interest and line.

For dramatic, eye-catching home accent furnishings, make bold statements with both furniture and accessories. For a contemporary room, keep furniture details uncluttered. Legs are exposed and in chunky, solid shapes. Pillows add shots of color and texture in clean geometric shapes. According to Coral Naife, in a contemporary decor, flooring is generally smooth and sleek in vinyl, wood, or low-pile commercial carpeting. Area rugs can add more color, texture, interest, and space definition. Additionally, animal prints are at home in many contemporary rooms. Try leopard pillows on a black sofa or a zebra area rug.

Lighting is exceptionally important in a contemporary interior. Look for unusual fixtures with sculptural interest, clean lines, and perhaps accents of bold color or metallic. Also, highlight art by placing sculptures on columns or pedestals. Install specialized lighting for original art, framed prints, or posters. Use repetition of line, color, and form.

In straight contemporary interiors it is most effective to have a few large accessories well placed. Give each piece breathing room by establishing a zone of empty space around it. Frame posters and prints simply in classic black wood, colored metals, or light natural woods. Hang groupings of pictures close together so they look like one large piece of art.

Glass, metals, stone, and wood will all fit well into a contemporary interior. However, avoid a cold looking room by adding shots of warm colors and providing textural interest in fabrics, upholstery, rug, or accessories. Frame posters and prints simply in classic black wood, colored metals, or light natural woods. Hang groupings of pictures close together so they look like one large piece of art.

Glass, metals, stone, and wood will all fit well into a contemporary interior. However, avoid a cold looking room by adding shots of warm colors and providing textural interest in fabrics, upholstery, rug, or accessories. Think of each piece as sculpture. Don't crowd it. Flower arrangements should be dramatic, large, a

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