Monday

10 Easy Home Decorating Tips

Today I’m just going to give a few tips on how to change your place from drab to fab. Smile  I promise if you follow these simple ideas you can really make a difference in how your home feels.


1.) ADD GREENERY! 

I understand that some folks can’t keep a plant alive for the life of them but there are some really nice faux plants out there too.   Sometimes they cost a lot – but they add so much to a room – definitely worth it.  I just bought a beautiful palm tree for 35.00 at the thrift store (I was very lucky)  High end furniture stores I worked for sold these same trees for $250.00, but I’ve run across less expensive trees at home discount stores too.

  Photo from my house

2.) Create LAYERS and TEXTURE! 

An example would be a nice textured blanket (or fluffy sheep skin!) thrown across the edge of the sofa or chair.  Prop layers of mirrors or frames against a wall, overlapping them slightly.  Stacking books with a cool shaped vase on an end table or console table is great, see, now we’ve created dimension and layers!

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My NEW house!! Come see the Tour!

3.) Organize your open areas!

Organize open shelving or armoires with cute storage bins or baskets.  It pulls the room together and what could have looked like a cluttered mess now looks like a trendy designer look! 


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4.) Add ambient lighting!

Luminaires (lamps) add so much!  Many of the luminaires I own I have fixed up from a thrift store and cost me under 10 bucks a piece.  Even if you have to spend lots of money on a luminaire or torchiere (light the shines upward) it is worth it for the mood it sets off in your home.  Luminaire lighting is so much softer than overhead lights.  Also up light your plants for a real designer look! (plant up lights can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes)

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                                                         Thrift store lamp I bought and fixed up.  I also got the mirror second hand too.


5.) The Miracle of Mirrors.

Mirror’s are amazing!!  They can really give the illusion of more space and can lighten up an area immensely.  Be sure plan a space for a big mirror – you’ll be so happy you did! 


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                    My small dining area in my previous home – the mirror makes it look twice as large.


6.) Everything should have a spot.

Have an organized spot for your “daily messes”. Find a nice wicker serving tray for the remotes on your table, and a fun iron mail organizer.  Believe me, this will really help with making your space look better.


7.) Fireplace holes.

Don’t let your fireplace become the black hole in “off” seasons.  Fill it with a collection of candle pillars or a woven basket or colorful pots.


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8.)  ADD plates to your wall! 

This is also one of my favorites (along with #1).  It is just so simple and cheap!!!  It gives your space a big bang for your buck.


     Plates in my Powder Room - plus a tutorial how to hang them for free!


9.) First impressions count!!!

If you only have a small budget spend it on your entry.  Start by bringing in a small dresser, table or bench to create a focal point, then add accessories.  Place an umbrella stand or a tall vase next to the table/dresser to give it some dimension.  (see point 2)  Pretend you are a stranger and open your front door – what do you see, is there anything that grabs your attention? a focal point? something that looks pretty???  If not, pull some stuff around and make that great entry!


Bailey Console Table, Cognac stain
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Again, this is my new home we built.

10) Adding art and how to place your art.

If your art seems to just float in a space move it closer to the sofa or table it’s hanging above.  The items should relate, not disconnect.  My personal rule of thumb is to hang pictures 8-10” above the top of whatever it is I am hanging it over. Need a big piece of art?  Combine a bunch of smaller frames next to each other to create a large wall collage.



Check out the post of my brother's BEFORE AND AFTER pictures where I implemented these tips all on a thrift store budget!  Or, do you need tips how to decorate the tops of your cabinets?  Just click the link and I'll show you how!

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All right my friends!  Come follow along and have fun making your home look great! ~ Creative Juices Decor ~

16 comments:

  1. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Wow, this is a great list, Selina! I forget sometimes that you are an "official" interior designer, but you so know your stuff. I love the tips about the lamps (I need some ASAP) and you reminded me that I need to keep hunting for the perfect plates for my kitchen.Thanks for the free publicity, you're sweet to include me in the list!

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  3. Great post! The lamp looks really nice. Small things as a lamp can make a big difference in a room. There are many fine antique light fixtures at Antique Lamp Supply. Check them out!

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  4. Great tips! I posted about all the kids' stuff that had to be organized because it was near the entryway!

    Suzanne's NEW blog ~ as for me and my house…

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  5. Great tips!! I absolutely follow #1! I tell people all the time that plants are my secret decorative touch. ;) (Real and fake)

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  6. Very helpful tips! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

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  7. Great tips! Thanks for giving me the link.
    I'll need all the help I can get when it comes to decorating.
    Can you let me know if this links back to my blog or not? Someone said they were getting error messages.
    Just in case the link doesn't work on my name, my blog is http://www.organizewithsandy.com/blog
    Thanks so much!!

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  8. Love all the great tips! And what a steal that palm was!
    ~Amanda

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  9. Great tips! I too love mirrors. Just came across your blog and I'm a new follower.

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  10. i totally agree with the mirror, and it brings so much light to the room. love mirrors, clocks and candles and candle holders

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  11. You post a fantastic idea.your idea to add GREENERY is a such a great and wonderful idea to decorate house.it's look like beautiful decorating.lamp are looks so amazing.

    Aussie Barn

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  12. Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

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  13. This is all very beautiful, and may I just THANK YOU for not painting all of your wood furniture? I love the look of wood -- it warms a room up so nicely -- yet it seems every DIY/decor blogger is taking gorgeous pieces and, instead of refinishing them, sanding, painting and distressing them. I always laugh about it, because in a couple of years' time those distressed pieces are going to look hopelessly banged up... and they'll be posting blog entries about sanding them down to the natural wood, then staining them.

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  14. The 10 easy home decorating tips shared by you are not only good but also easy to follow. Thanks for sharing

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  15. Thanks for the tips! My home could definitely use some improvement right now, and these ideas aren't too overwhelming to try out.

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