Decorating Your Home

With planning, patience, and a lot of elbow grease, decorating your home is something you can do yourself. Here’s how.

A bare wood floor can be refinished and stained darker or bleached lighter. It’s your choice. A neutral floor usually goes better with dark furniture and vise versa. Take into consideration the floors of the rest of your house. They should be complimentary.

Curtains can match walls, floors or fabrics such as cushion covers or bed spreads. They can include colors of both walls, fabrics or floors. You can have long floor length curtains or short curtains that end at the bottom of the window. You can buy yards of low cost fabric and make your curtains yourself or buy them at a more expensive price.

When buying fabric to make slip covers, bedspreads or curtains remember that horizontal stripes make a piece seem wider,while vertical adds height. A small print makes a piece appear larger while a large print makes it appear smaller and cluttered. Large designs usually look better in large rooms. You can buy ready made couch and chair covers or you can make them yourself. Work the covers deeply into the crevices with a long wooden spoon but be careful not to get it too tight. If you decide to cover a leather chair cover it with carpet padding first.

As you arrange your furniture remember a room full of furniture feels smaller.

A door placed across two filing cabinets makes a nice large desk.

A low backed couch can be made look taller by placing a large painting behind it.

Consider spray painting a thrift store piece with a single coat that doesn’t cover all blemishes and you have a shabby chic piece.

Good luck with your decorating project. It takes patience, planning, and elbow grease but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. I see beautiful old pieces at thrift stores that are better made than many new pieces of furniture today. I just wish I had room to bring them all home with me. Decorating can cost a fortune but it doesn’t have to.

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  1. Sensible tips!

  2. Great tips once again Ruby especially now that it’s spring. Excellent write and read

  3. Excellent Tips!..that was useful and lovely article..a must read ..well done and thanks for sharing this great stuff

  4. The take a note of everything you don’t like, but also of everything you like about a room is a really good idea. Never thought of doing such a thing, but I see the sense of it.

  5. Good guidelines!

  6. A most helpful article! Thanks!

  7. This is such a useful article. I would never have thought of half of these things on my own. Well done.


  8. Very helpful article. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Excellent tips as always Ruby.

  10. Loved the point about putting aside money for the project while looking at the possibilities.

  11. True decorating expert truly needs patience. Excellent!

  12. Ruby, I’ll send you my address and you can show me your stuff! lol

    Good tips.

  13. Useful tips for a family.

  14. Ruby thanks for these useful tips. My computer was hacked and down for over 30 days. I really missed my Triond Friends,but had fun redecorating several rooms in my home. You are correct on that clutter thing. It makes a huge difference when we rid ourselves of the clutter. I got rid of tons of books and vowed to read what’s left before buying more. Thanks again.

  15. amazing tips, thnx for sharing

  16. Excellent tips. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I love your tips, Ruby. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  18. as always, great tips Ruby

  19. Great tips, Ruby. Now if I just had the time!

  20. I will start to decorate soon. Nice article.

  21. Thank you everyone for your visit and your comments. I appreciate you all. I enjoy decorating in my own simple way. I like to keep it simple and spend as little money as I can. Decorating wouldn’t be any fun to me if I had to spend a lot of money. Happy decorating to you all.

  22. some good tips… thanks for sharing!

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