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To change your home decor start with a plan
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Plan your home decor changes

If you start decorating without a plan, you're going at it backwards. Don't end up with a piece of furniture that serves no purpose or a color scheme that doesn't work.

Before you do anything to change your home decor - whether it's just one room or the entire house - you must plan ahead. Ask yourself (and others in your family, if it's a group decision), what do you want to accomplish. Is it just to get a fresh look with a new color on the walls, or is it to really throw out the old and start all over again?

These of course, are the extremes in changing the look of your home decor. Whether it's a simple paint job or an extreme makeover, you still have many things to consider.

If it's a new wall color you're considering, make sure the paint you purchase will compliment your existing furnishings. Don't rush out to your nearest home supply store and purchase a can of paint because it's on sale or your think the color will do. Get several paint swatches and bring them home.

In fact, many stores now have sample jars of paint that enable you to actually paint a small portion of you wall to see how that particular color works with your scheme. Get several and paint them on the wall, let them dry and view these colors in different light; i.e., daylight and artificial light to determine which color really does enhance your room's furnishings.

A color that looks really great during the daylight hours, with sun streaming in, can look entirely different in artificial light. It's amazing how garish some colors can look. So, do your homework and you'll be pleased with the new look. Even if it is just a new paint job!

Homework applies as well to major jobs. Consider what each room is used for and get furniture that's appropriate. Chairs and couches - even accent furniture - for a family fun room would not necessarily be right for a formal living room.

Make sure you have proper measurements and diagrams of where windows and doors are located and, above all, have a decorating plan so that all items coordinated—from carpets to wall covering.

Go online for some good advice when considering changing your home decor.

There's really no one ideal way to start a home decorating project. You can get the bug by looking at a magazine and imagining some home decorating ideas, or seeing a beautiful fabric in a store and suddenly feeling that yours just doesn't match up.

Whatever your reason is to tackle a decorating job, it is very important that you set your goals first. At the same time, you must establish your budget. It's all well and good to have very lofty home decorating ideas and goals when doing home decorating; however, your goals may have to be tempered by your budget. Develop your budget and establish a plan.

Go online to get some really great home decorating ideas and cost saving tips. Also, the many online merchants allow you the luxury of cost comparisons without leaving your home.

You'll be able to find casual and formal furniture as well as creative decorating ideas for any room in your home - from traditional to casual, plus everything else you need to complete your decorating scheme.

There's a wealth of information available to you, including books on decorating, accessories—from lamps to rugs and from throw pillows to wallpaper. You'll find some extraordinary ideas for children's rooms, bathrooms, living rooms and even outdoor rooms.

So, before you start pounding the pavement, going from one retail store to another, go online to see what's available, determine pricing and see if your plan is a reasonable one. You may be pleasantly surprised at the cost savings ideas that are presented that will enable you to add just the right touch to make your home decorating dreams come true and to make your home one that is truly unique, functional and beautiful.

If you are one of the thousands who like the warmth and charm of a country home decor, the Internet has many sites that feature a large variety of home furnishings that will help you achieve your desired look. From handcrafted and woven throw rugs to chintz covered furniture, they are all available online. And, if you're looking for a particular accessory, be it a lamp or a shower curtain, you can find one that is themed to a country home decor. Remember, too, that country doesn't necessarily mean the log cabin look either; it can be achieved in homes that are of traditional or contemporary architecture. A home is what you put into that particular structure. Rustic is also sometimes used to describe a country home decor; so is Early American. Certain so called rustic, country or early American furniture can fit into any decorating scheme. If a particular piece is something that really appeals to you and looks good in your home, does it really matter what style it is "officially" called. The answer is simple: no.

Just follow good principles of decorating and use your imagination and good sense to achieve your desired look. The online resources are numerous, so check them out before you do any impulse buying. Good luck on your decorating projects.

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