One of the most important things I’ve learned about decorating a home has little to do with color and design, it has everything to do with knowing how you and everyone in the house will use a room. A family room with little tots and a big dog is going to require kid-friendly furnishings compared with an empty nester’s place. After a practical assessment think about the look and feel you want your home to convey. If you can stay focused on how a room will be used and how you want it to look you’ll be able to translate your ideas into action, whether you’re doing all the work yourself or hiring a designer.
Speaking of designers one of the best places to inspire you is www.houzz.com where you’ll see a large selection of real rooms submitted by designers and homeowners. Sure, you can peruse magazines to look for ideas and clip and save the pages, but the online world makes it so easy to look at hundreds of rooms in a myriad of colors and furniture styles. Click on the Idea Book and you’ll be overwhelmed with ideas and solutions – whether it’s a problem window or not-so-perfect wall surfaces – from designers. It’s a great resource for homeowners who want to avoid spending money on decorating and furnishings they really won’t like. And speaking of spending money on home improvements, we hope you’ll stop by our site www.diyornot.com when you want to compare the cost of doing it yourself with hiring a contractor. You’ll find a cost analysis for hundreds of home improvement projects from adding attic stairs to finishing basement support columns. And our mobile site www.m.diyornot.com comes in handy when you’re looking for a quick hit of DIY information on your smartphone.