Decorating Tips for Your Home

by KayZ

Ready to make some changes in your home decor? Use these tips from a Scottsdale interior designer.

If you don't love your home when you walk in the front door, it's time to make some changes. If your home doesn't reflect your personality and interests, you won't enjoy living in it.

There's something so satisfying when you have a home that is well put together, with a blend of your favorite color combinations, collectibles, mementos, photos, the kids' drawings - all the things that represent you.

Get the Look You Want

There are many ways to help you get the look you want. You can buy interior design books that will help with color coordination, furniture styles, and an all-over look that appeals to you.

Walk through home accessory stores and let your imagination wander. Visit furniture stores and make notes on how their professional interior designers accessorized various areas. Both Ross and Marshall's stores always have unique and affordable home decor items.

If you find that you just can't decide on anything or are unable to visualize what you want in your home, you could call on the services of an interior designer, who can either redesign your entire home or simply advise you on paint colors.

Favorite Decorating Books

Visions of Design: An Inspired Collection of North America's Finest Interior Designers

A vibrant collection of the design industry’s most illustrious visionaries, this dynamic reference features hundreds of spectacular residential interiors. Capturing the unique ...

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Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Decor

Style and Substance: The Best of ELLE DECOR offers a unique, closer look at hundreds of dazzling rooms the magazine has published during its first two decades. The book ...

$45.00  $36.63

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Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors

No one has a happier sense of hue and pattern than Jonathan Adler! Inspiring readers to be fearless in their decorating choices, Adler guides us through color-drenched rooms, ...

$17.95  $6.00

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Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home

In Decorate, the world's top designers and leading decor experts including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, and many others come together to share over 1,000 ...

$40.00  $11.48

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Make Your Home Look Like a Million Bucks

Without spending that much

Scottsdale Home DesignYou don't have to own a million dollar home to make yours look great. Borrow ideas that you can incorporate into your own home.

For example, note how the large pots frame the foyer of this house. You can find pots like this in several price ranges anywhere from your local grocery store to home decor stores. If you're looking for a real bargain check out garage sales and swap meets.

Your local nursery can advise you on which trees will do well indoors and how to take care of them. Many of the artificial trees look real these days, and you won't have to have a green thumb to keep it looking good!

Silk Trees

No green thumb needed
Nearly Natural 5209 Ficus Silk Tree, 6-Feet, Green

Unlike the real Focus tree (which is finicky and practically leafless in almost any home light conditions)., our Focus tree is eternally verdant and deep green with 1008 individ...

$59.99  $54.29

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Nearly Natural 5289 Golden Cane Palm Silk Tree, 6.5-Feet, Green

One of the finest silk palm trees we offer, this six and a half foot Golden Kane Palm tree will have you feeling like you are always on vacation. Standing a full 78" high, the m...

$167.62  $73.52

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Nearly Natural 6584 Corn Stalk Dracaena Decorative Artificial Silk Plant, Green

The simple elegance of our Corn Stalk Dracaena silk plant is now yours without ever needing to worry about watering or upkeep. Tall, thick, long stalks overlap each other to cre...

$169.99  $95.49

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Environmentally Friendly Home Design

Go green

One of the latest trend is to design the interior of your home in such a way that it doesn't have a negative impact on the environment or you. This is important for the safety and health of your family.

Dining RoomOne of the ways you can go green is by using paint that is non-toxic. This kind of paint is more expensive but the extra cost is well worth it. You can find it at any paint store, or at Lowe's and Home Depot. You won't have those awful fumes permeating the room and your home. This is especially important in a baby's nursery or child's room.

As for your flooring, one of the worst things to do is install carpeting. Carpets are not very environment-friendly at all and can also be bad for your health. Dirt, dust, dander and pollen can settle into your carpet and make your life miserable - and you won't even know why! Have you ever pulled up an old carpet? What's lurking below is disgusting.

The most "green" flooring you can buy is bamboo or hardwood. This type of flooring is much easier to clean, especially if you have pets. Nothing hiding in the depths, either. Wood flooring is beautiful and is not difficult to keep it looking that way. A quick daily swipe with a dust mop and regular cleaning using the cleanser recommended by the manufacturer will keep it glowing.

What is Green Design?

Sustainable design is the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with the principles of economic, social, and ecological sustainability.

Master Bath Design Ideas

This master bath is a great example of form and function. Wouldn't you love to have it in your home? Light a few candles, settle into the deep tub and relax with a glass of wine. Ahhh!

This bathtub surround is slate, but you can get this look from laminates such as Formica for much less money. The saltillo tile flooring is actually quite inexpensive and not difficult to lay yourself. Home Depot often has classes on how to tile floors, and it can be quite satisfying to tile an area with a friend or your spouse. (It can be tough on your back though, and make sure you wear knee pads!)

The cabinets beneath the slate surround are perfect for hiding all those shampoo, conditioners, body washes, razors etc. that usually clutter up a bathtub area.

Make it Yours

Don't be intimidated - it's your house!

Include personal touches like photos and collectibles.

Add a touch of whimsy.

Updated: 04/03/2012, KayZ
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