New Homeowner? Here are Some Decorating Tips

Buying a new home is exciting. Even when you’ve closed on the perfect place, you want to personalize your new space. For those of you who aren’t blessed with a natural gift for interior design, or a budget to call a professional decorator, these tips will help you turn your new house into a home you will be proud to show off.

7 Tips From The Professionals

Step 1: Choose your color scheme.  Learning which colors complement each other and which will clash is essential. The best approach is to learn to use a color wheel.  Interior painters often help their customers choose a range of colors and hues using a color wheel so they create harmonious spaces that flow throughout a home.

Step 2: Create a working palette you can bring to every room. Of course, each room will define how you use your colors. Your palette should include a range of complementary colors for walls, trim work, flooring, furnishings, window dressings and accents.

Step 3: Fake Height.  Rooms with low ceilings often feel cramped. Create the illusion of more head space with mirrors and a reflective ceiling finish. Choose low-profile furnishing that add to the illusion.

Step 4: Add visual texture in the kitchen with an extended backsplash. Professional designers recommend a counter-to-ceiling approach that covers as much wall around your cooking surface as you can afford. Maximize the wow-factor with an eye-catching vent hood. Who says your appliances have to be purely functional?

Step 5: Look for opportunities to incorporate texture. Using different fibers for cushions, rugs, window treatments and wall art creates character and personality. Don’t be afraid to mix cotton, silk, linen and other natural fibers. Another way to create visual texture is to mix paint finishes. There is no rule that says you cannot use matte finishes and high-gloss paint in the same room. Residential painting contractors do it all the time to intensify or mute certain colors.

Step 6: Show off your favorite pieces. Many people put their antiques and prized pieces in the library or den. Think outside the box. Move the 19th century washstand from the bedside to the bathroom to store face cloths and hand towels. Put your silk screen front and center in the foyer. If you love it, put it front and center on display.

Step 7: Expect more from your wall paint. Designers use a simple trick that makes a big statement. When painting stripes on a broadwall area, use three shades of the same color. Use a base color, one shade that’s 50% darker, and one shade that’s 50% lighter. It is a play on the white-on-white often used in furniture upholstery and bedding design.

If you like the idea of striped walls in a playroom or want to get the perfect combination of glossy and matte finishes, use Teaberry for a professional interior painting job that will make you smile every time you enter the room.

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