Interior Decorating for Fall on a Budget

Fall is just around the corner, which means you will probably be spending much more time indoors. Creating a warm and inviting fall feeling means changing the “landscape” a bit. You don’t have to spend your entire life savings to get the look you want though.

Here are some tips for decorating for fall on a budget:

Bargains – You can find great deals on fall décor in stores such as Kohl’s. Kohl’s has top of the line home décor. Visiting the store when it is having a huge blow out sale can save you hundreds of dollars to decorate your home for Fall.

Yard Sales – Think interior decorating when you are out at those late summer yard sales. Use your imagination. Think of how you could change a simple object into a fall decoration for you home. Don’t forget that it is easy and inexpensive to paint or stain old wooden furniture as well.

Your Yard – Plant flowers that bloom in the fall. This will give you the ability to have fresh cut flowers in your home all season. You don’t even have to buy a vase. Place the flowers in a glass or pitcher that you already have. Crystal pitchers work very nicely. When the flowers begin to fade, you can easily replace them. Asters are great flowers to use. For a little mix, add some decorative grass to the mix.

DIY Projects – Do-it-yourself projects cost far less than purchasing a pre-made item. You can find a wide array of Fall decorating ideas at a local craft store. Michael’s is one of the best places to shop. Another great craft store is AC Moore. Purchase a craft book relating to fall decorating. You will be amazed at the number of ideas you can get to make eye-catching décor for your home.

Take a Second Look – Before you throw away items from around your home, take a second look at it and put some thought into whether you could use the item for decorating your home for the fall. Old curtains that are white or off white can be dyed to a fall color such as orange, reds, greens and browns. It works for old tablecloths as well. If you are good with sewing, make a pillow case covering out of old fabrics. Don’t be afraid of keeping your old things to make them look completely different and new.

Knick-Knacks – You can find great knick-knacks at stores such as Dollar General or at the yard sales we talked about earlier. Knick-knacks can be placed on shelves, fireplace mantles, tables and even your bathroom sink. You will find many fall items available at very low prices that match your fall theme. It is a nice “final touch” to all those other great finds.

Decorating for fall on a budget doesn’t have to mean plastic turkeys on your table. Imagination is the key to making your home feel more like fall without breaking your bank account.

 

Interior decorating blunders: Live and learn

I became a homeowner at age 24, ready to dive head first into any interior decorating projects I could handle since I now had decorating freedom. Unfortunately, I was inexperienced and made a few decorating mistakes that are cringe-worthy when I look back. Thankfully, my interior design talents have improved greatly, and I did learn much from those early mistakes. Here are a few suggestions you can use from my past blunders to prevent making the same mistakes.

Wallpaper woes

I first attempted wallpaper borders on my plastered bathroom walls. I decided it would be too messy to soak the wallpaper, so I opted to simply wet the backsides with a sponge. Bad idea! No sooner did I get one section pasted into place then it would fall down. I went back and forth, re-pasting piece after piece until I finally gave in and did it the right way. Motto here is to do it right the first time!

Don’t over-stack your shelves

Another time, I tried to install a shelf over a kitchen window using a board and some brackets I already had. I had just finished putting up the shelf and arranging all my cute little jars and odds and ends, when I heard this enormous crash 10 minutes later. Everything had crashed to the floor, shattering most of my displayed items. Thankfully, all the kids were out of the house, and no one was injured. Lesson learned! Never install a shelf improperly and always make certain your shelf can safely support all of the weight you place on it.

Paint bare spots ASAP

When painting my family room, I purchased paint then realized as I reached the end of the paint cans, there was more wall than paint. I didn’t go out right away to buy more, instead placing a large piece of furniture in front of the bare spot. It was not noticeable, but I knew we needed to fix this and went to have another gallon of paint mixed of the same color. This was at least a year later, and even though it was the exact same paint, you could always see “the spot” that was newly painted sticking out like a sore thumb from all the rest of the walls. Rule of thumb, never let an unpainted spot go, cover it up as quickly as possible with exact paint brand/shade.

Mix ‘n match curtains aren’t a good idea

When first moving in, trying to save money, I tried to consolidate some used curtains to make a large curtain for a huge dining room window. I ended up with pieces of four sets of curtains, some being varying lengths. It served its purpose, but looked ridiculous. I soon ended up with tasteful lace curtains. Even if you have to sling up matching bed sheets for a large window covering in the “lean years,” at least they will match. Avoid visual chaos and learn from my mistake!

Use proper fabrics when reupholstering furniture

My last suggestion is when attempting to reupholster furniture, use real upholstering fabric. I once attempted to give my non-matching first pieces of furniture a uniform look by “upholstering them” with matching furniture throws. I purchased several throws at a great price and made slipcovers and cut and sewed pieces to cover all my furniture. It looked nice, but then… it happened. The fabric on all the furniture began to pill and I had little fuzz balls all over it. Every day, along with shaving my legs, I also had to shave my furniture with a fabric fuzz ball shaver.

Ah, a trip down interior decorating memory lane. I’m happy to report I have taste now. Hey, I was young! Hope all of you learn from my decorating disasters.

 

Interior Home Design: Oriental Theme

I fell in love with Asian themed decor after watching the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. The soft colors, cherry blossoms, and whimsical feel of the scenery motivated me to decorate my living room in such a fashion. At first, I figured it would be a daunting task, but it was relatively quite easy. It’s definitely something that can be done on any budget. First, find out how much money you are willing to spend on this project. Pick a room you’d like to “make-over”. Evaluate your wall and floor space to see what large areas you would like to hide, cover, or even enhance. You shouldn’t completely strip your chosen room from what it looks like now because it takes a little bit of time to completely redesign the whole room. It’s going to be a progressive project because finding perfect items for your home in an Oriental theme can be a little challenging.

Some items to look for when decorating in an Asian theme are these: Paper lanterns of all shapes, cherry blossom decor in any form (paintings, plastic foliage, area rugs, etc.), jade statues (fake or real jade works just fine for the illusion), round, painted fans, and anything with Koi fish, dragons and Geisha’s. You can find these at any store in your area that sells Oriental supplies. A good way to find out where you can find these types of items is by going to your favorite local Oriental restaurant and inquiring as to where they found their beautiful decorations. Oriental restaurants are a perfect place to gain inspiration for your Asian-themed room. You can always look online and do a Google search for local Asian/Oriental stores in your area.

Think first of what color your want to dominate your room. As for me, I chose to have my room be dominated by a vibrant pink color that reminded me of cherry blossoms. You may choose a warmer room by going with a jade-green, or even a ruby red. Either way, find curtains that match that color that you are imagining in your head. You can find good quality curtains at reasonable prices that range in sizes at Anna’s Linens. Then, find an area rug for the room that will match the curtains. Make sure that the color of the rug is very, very close to the curtains for a look that will be complete. The area rug can very well have decorations embedded on it, such as beautiful Koi fish or even a dragon. Now think of what you’d like the central focus or the room to be. In most cases, you have a huge area of wall you’d like to cover. You can buy big beautiful mirrors to create the illusion of space in the room you are working with, and add Oriental fans and cherry blossoms around the mirrors. Obtain some inspiration from a Home Interiors magazine…there you will find how to balance mirrors, candles, statues, shelves and decorations for a look that is uniquely your own. On EBAY, I found a 6 foot tall cherry blossom tree that is absolutely beautiful and looks very realistic. I became a little creative and painted my own Asian-themed art since original Oriental art was a little expensive. You can, however, find good quality Asian-themed art on Ebay. At the local Dollar Store, I spotted some beautiful framed pictures with Asian-markings on them that would have been perfect for the living room that I redesigned. If you can invest in wall scrolls and some original items, it would add to the authenticity that you are looking for.

It’s completely possible to create the dream room you want. At first I thought it was impossible, but it was a fun project to partake in. I encourage you to create your dream Asian-themed room. Just remember to think of the wall decorations, the floor area, and decorations. Look around in garage sales, malls, and in word of mouth places that your local Asian friends would know of. Splurge on a few items, and remember to stay on a budget. Have fun and enjoy your new Oriental-themed room.

 

The Importance of Interior Decorating

Our home is our haven, where we go and unwind after a long day. Making your home special by using interior design, can create a place that is all your own. Interior decorating emphasizes your personal style and tastes to show case when guests or family comes to visit. Interior design is one way you can express yourself. How you decorate your home says a lot about who you are. Many people like to design their homes based on where they came from. For instance if you grew up in the country, you might like a classic country style, and bring in handmade furniture and art work. There are many benefits of interior design. Homes that are tastefully decorated tend to be much cleaner. Those people, who spend the time to decorate their space, usually take pride in their home. Having a beautiful home can help with depression because if you like your living space you are more likely to be a happy person.

Interior decorating can also help create a certain mood. For instance, if you create a tranquil environment in your bedroom this can help you drift off to sleep more easily each night. You can do this by painting the walls a soft blue color and making the fabrics, pictures and designs in your room soft and mellow.

Types
These are just a few of the various types of interior design.

Modern and contemporary is a very simple and sophisticated professional look, using bold or dark colors. This look has a basic look with clean lines. This look is very classical and balanced.

Feng Shui is a style which uses the principles of Feng Shui to help keep energy flowing and create a very balanced environment.

Asian is a very creative bold look which symbolizes calm feelings, with soft silky fabrics and some bold yet comforting designs.

Country is a very popular style because it is simple and comfortable. Country involves brining in rustic or hand crafted items, like furniture, pictures and paintings.

Art Deco is a very retro style which is bold and vibrant, but not the most popular.

Considerations
If you are decorating a home consider all the people who live in the home. Everyone has different likes and dislikes. If you have children you may give them the option to decorate, with a theme they like, that blends in well with the rest of the house. For instance you could give your child the option of decorating their room with an old fashioned train theme, or baseball.

Get some books about interior design or hire an interior decorating before getting started. Consider the needs of your spouse. If you like the country style, but your spouse is very modern you might want to mix the two styles, in a way that blends well.

Expert Insight
Elizabeth Dewitt, Interior Decorator, says “Your home is where you spend 80% of our life. How your home looks can make all the difference in the world, whether you are happy or depressed.” It is worth the effort to make your home a unique place. Remember it is your home, and your home reflects who you are as a person.

 

Interior Door Hanging Basics

Interior doors are one of the easier trim jobs and can be done using a split jamb door. A split jamb door is exactly that-a door that splits apart at the jamb. The outer trim separates from the door inner trim and the hinges. Installing an interior door slab is also not very difficult and can be done by just about anyone with a hammer.

An interior door must be hung on a stud wall opening 4 ½” thickness opening. 2×6 opening are available as well as a 2×8 opening but of course they are special orders and cost more, sometimes taking months to backorder from the door factory. Typically the drywall is finished and painted.

Begin by splitting the new door open. Remove any cardboard or plastic wrapping from the door. Remove the plastic screw door lock and discard. Check for any screws or staples holding the door jambs together on each side and top of the jamb. Remove staples carefully while the door is supported against a set of sturdy sawhorses.

Carefully split the jamb apart and set the frame part aside. Grab the door and frame carefully and set into the rough opening with the proper swing facing your back. Press the trim flush against the drywall.

Tack a finish nail into the upper hinged corner of the trim. Using a torpedo level, check the door both vertically and horizontally for plumb. Adjust as needed using wood shims. Set another 10d finish nail into the lower corner.

Now close the door and adjust the unhinged trim side until the correct reveal is achieved around the entire door. Wood shims can help you hold the trim and door in place as you set two more finish nails in either corner. Check the door for working order and a symmetric reveal around the entire door. Now you can add additional finish nails and set them.

Repeat the same process fro the other side of the split jamb door. Although you can’t use shims, you probably won’t need to adjust it much. The jamb will fit tightly into the opposite jamb slot. Make sure the trim is pressed firmly against the drywall and set the finish nails. Fill with wood putty and your interior door is complete

 

Complete Guide to Interior Painting: From a Professional Painter

Painting the interior of your home can be quite an investment if you hire a professional. You can easily do the work yourself, if you have the time and the energy. Being a professional painter for over fifteen years, I am able to provide you with complete instructions on the preparation, and painting the way the pros do.

Part One: Interior Painting Preparation

Step 1:
Get a bucket of warm water and add a cup of vinegar, wash walls with a sponge and do not let the water drip to the floor, or let the sponge drip water on the floor.
Repeat step one without vinegar.

Step 2:
With a small 4″ and 6″ trowel spread the compound over small nicks and holes/ Allow to dry up to one day. Repeat as needed until the walls are completely and equally flat. Note if the walls are textured you will have to still do this process and blend in with the existing texture that is there.

Step three:
Lightly sand the walls after each coat of compound. Be sure to cover everything with plastic as this dust will clearly make it to the other side of the house! Make a wall around the room you are working in with painters plastic and painters tape, before you sanding!

Step 4:
With a damp rag wipe the entire wall as many times as needed until there is no more dust on the walls or dust streaks.

Step 5:
Caulk around all the trim for quality finishes. Cut the tip of the tube of caulking so that is at 45-degree angle and put the tube into caulking gun. Be sure to have a pail of cold water and a painters’ rag. Hold the caulk gun with both hands and place the 45-degree angle of the tube so that it is flush in the corner of where you are caulking. Move the caulk gun steadily without stopping to the other corner. You may have to squeeze the trigger depending on the size of the trim you are doing. But always keep it moving steadily. Before you move on to another area that you may caulk, take the damp rag and ring it out. Wrap your index finger with the rag and put in corner of where you started to caulk. Steadily and smoothly move your finger down, to where you stopped filling in the caulk. If you mess up the rhythm find a spot on the rag where there is no caulk, finesse until there can be no visible marks in the bead of caulk that you put in this corner. There should be caulk on the wall. When its completely dry you should not see any evidence of caulk. Repeat this everywhere as needed, and in fill in any kind of a crack that can be seen in-between windows, doors, floor and ceiling trim if it applies. After you apply paint to trim and walls, should there be caulk visible, you must cut it out with a razor and a painters tool. Re-caulk and repaint the trim until no caulk is seen.

Part 2: Ceiling Preparation and Painting

Always paint the ceiling first. You will need the following supplies to properly paint a ceiling:

  • ceiling paint
  • paint tray
  • paint tray liners
  • 2″ paint brush
  • paint roller frame and roller sleeve (make sure paint roller is adjustable for extension pole)
  • painters 5 in 1 tool
  • painter plastic & painters tape
  • extension pole
  • a safe ladder, preferably 6 foot

Step 1: Cover entire floor area of where ceiling is to be painted. Be sure the room is completely emptied out.

Step 2: Using painters tape, place in-between ceiling and wall. Apply tape on walls as close to the ceiling as possible. There is a straight edge on the tape. Any slight crookedness will be seen. As you are placing the tape fold bottom half of tape up toward ceiling. Place tape everywhere that the ceiling meets the wall. Many people can do this with sections of tape and some can do it with one piece of tape, this comes with experience and practice. Place plastic on tape so all walls are covered.

Step 3: Get ready to paint the ceiling. Start with a very clean 5 gallon bucket and a clean, brand new t-shirt. You must filter the paint. I recommend a new cotton t-shirt because it is usually lint free, clean, and the fabric is good for filtering precisely. Cut the t- shirt in half and tie with a string around the rim of the bucket, leaving a little dip in the shirt. Pour the paint into the shirt a little at a time with a mixing stick (usually free when you buy a gallon of paint) from side to side scrape paint against shirt lightly. Gradually add more as it presses through the shirt into the bucket..

Step 4: Add paint to tray and roll the roller back and forth, on the tray, leaving paint on the roller. Do not over saturate the roller so that the paint is dripping off when you pick it up out of the tray. Be sure that paint is evenly spread on all parts of roller sleeve. Let sit in middle of room.

Step 5: With a 2 inch angled or flat paint brush, dip your paint brush halfway into the paint several times and wipe off the excess paint onto the rim of the can. To avoid wasting paint, do this so the excess paint goes back into the can.. Paint ceiling wall line at least 2″ onto ceiling. When painting the trim it is okay to get the paint onto the painters tape but if your not painting the walls you will take your time NOT to get paint onto the tape. Move ladder and paint as you move around the room. Be sure the ladder has a paint can holder/tray. Never leave the paint can on the ladder. Always take care to take the paint can with you when you get off the ladder. Be sure to leave only enough paint in the can to cover halfway up the bristles. If you spill your paint by accident you wont have too much to clean up. Always hold onto the ladder with one hand while climbing down. This way you can leave your paint brush in the paint can while climbing down. While climbing down a ladder, it is best to hold on securely with one hand, and in the other balance the paint brush over the can while still holding the handle, so any drips will be caught in the can. Now that you are done with the first coat of ceiling , trim/cut you are ready to roll out the ceiling.

Step 6: Coat the roller in paint evenly. Take your extension poll and screw it to roller frame. Depending on your height, adjust the extension poll so that you can hold with two hands and reach the ceiling carefully. Start in one corner of the room. Roll paint on to ceiling in both directions close to wall. Blend into the 2″ cut you made earlier, and get as close to ceiling as possible without hitting ceiling with the roller frame. Wet the roller again and re-roll the section you just did. Once you have about a 5×5 area, move straight down until you reach the other end of the room. Work in 5×5 sections, all the way across the ceiling. Then on your next ‘row’ overlap the adjoining areas by about six inches. Ceilings that have lots of natural light should be left to professional . Re-coat as needed.

Part 3: The Trim

Next to be painted in the room is the trim. Use painters tape around glass and for moving parts, such as hinges, and windows. Use a piece of paper or painters tape , carefully paint around these areas. When you apply paint to window trim try to move fast and accurately. Try not to put paint on the tape. The tape is there to help you learn, eventually you will not need the tape if you plan to paint on a regular basis. If you are slow without the tape, than put the tape on and immediately remove it when you are done. Be careful not to let tape hit the drying paint because it will leave a mark. Do not leave tape on glass, as it is very time consuming to remove if you do. When painting door trim it is okay to get a little on the wall if it is brushed but not a full stroke as that will leave a different texture on the wall.

Part 4: Painting Walls

Use set up instructions for painting a ceiling. Use your wall paint, be sure to over lap and finesse blend accordingly. Follow same instructions for rolling out the ceiling.

 

Interior Decorating Ideas for a Black and Gold Room

If the title of this article makes you a bit nauseous maybe you should move on. I am about to discuss decorating a room in black and gold… exclusively. Only the bravest of souls should venture forth. There are two options for decorating a room in black and gold. You can have a black room with gold accents, or a gold room with black accents.

Decorating a gold room with black accents:

Gold is a very bright and shiny color, but not one you should fear it when decorating. Fortunately, gold comes in many shades and hues. When painting a room in gold, you will want to use one of the less vibrant shades and instead choose something more muted. You can add more brilliant shades of gold to the room in the form of accessories.

So go ahead and choose a shade of gold you know you can live with on a large scale and paint the walls of your room gold. Find matching gold window treatments as well. Now you are ready to add your black accents.

You will need black furniture. It can be modern with steel legs, leather, or traditional with gold painted wood trim, based on your personal style. You will want to pair it with a black entertainment center or other large piece of furniture. You should also use an area rug with a black border to anchor the furniture pieces. Also, create an accent wall by hanging a series of music or art, framed in black.

Decorating a black room with gold accents:

A black room with gold accents will make a most dramatic statement. It can also darken the room considerably so you will want to choose a room that is awash with sunlight and large. When painting your room, you will want to use flat or eggshell paint on the walls, and white paint on the trim and possible below a chair rail, to further break up the color.

Accessorize your black room with large pieces or multiple pieces or art framed in gold or in a gold motif. The idea is not to cover up the black, but to showcase the accents on a black background. Bring in gold colored upholstered furniture (or bedding) or perhaps black leather with gold throw blankets and pillows.

 

Beautiful Paint Combinations for Your Home’s Interior

Use these beautiful paint color combinations if you are tired of all neutrals, or need a change.

Living Room

A living room should be warm and welcoming. Use a combination of stone hues to create a beautiful palette that has strong masculine undertones of slate and rock. Combine a faded moss green with a deep chocolate brown, a dusty blue and a barely there reddish tan. Add a pale white, the color of sheepskin as your neutral.

Teen Girl’s Bedroom

Retain some femininity in her bedroom decor through her teen years, while allowing some metallics to shine through. Think of a light aqua blue and bright pink, slightly darker than traditional Florida Art Deco colors. Add some silver metallic paint, and either a cool, dark gray or a deep shade of ruby. Pure white can be used a the neutral in this beautiful paint color combination for a teen girl’s bedroom.

Kitchen Paint Combinations

A lively and vibrant kitchen can be created with earthy and bright paint color combinations. Keep it hot with a warm red, a gem green and bright yellow. Use a reddish brown or umber brown for trim.

Formal Dining Room

You’ll feel like royalty when you incorporate a cool and plum-based paint color combination in the formal dining room. World’s away from green or boring tan, this luxurious palette will bring out the facets of your displayed crystal or silver. Start with a dusty rose and paint faux panels on the walls. Add plum frames, in the form of paint, or by using thin pieces of trim. Paint the walls a creamy white. Accessorize with a more mauve-like plum and blue wildflower hues. Add a bit of coral color for warmth.

Bachelor Bedroom or Den

For bachelor’s bedroom or a man’s den, look no further than his closet for inspiration, according to the Paint Color Institute. Paint wall colors warm grey, with chocolate brown trim. Add navy blue decor, bedding and accessories. Paint the back of doors with stripes or a diamond pattern, to mimic argyle sweaters. Leather furniture will add texture to this beautiful paint color combination.

Gender-Neutral Playroom

Pluck some citrus colors from the paint store the next time you want to paint a child’s playroom. Paint one wall a vibrant orange, with a warm white ceiling. Add geometric shapes to the room by using apple green, with hints of black trim. Achieve white accents by painting blocks of a wall with black chalkboard paint.

 

 

Inexpensive Interior Decorating: How to Decorate Your Home for Fall

Contrary to popular belief, sprucing up your interior decorations to suit the fall season does not necessarily have to cost a fortune. By setting and sticking to a realistic budget, you can easily add a touch of autumn to your home without breaking the bank.

Let’s explore a few inexpensive and simple interior decorations that add a tasteful touch of fall to any home:

Update Your Candles

Powder blue candles on the table during a dinner party is certainly not fitting with a fall interior decoration theme. Updating your decorative candles in fall colors is affordable and creates the appearance of a well-organized seasonal theme.

If desired, scented candles also make a nice addition to fall interior decorations. Not only are scented candles available in a wide variety of colors, but fall fragrances will aid in the overall theme and feel of your home.

Vines, Leaves, Berries, and Nuts

By taking a stroll in your backyard, you can easily locate many of the basics needed for cheap fall interior decorating. Vines, leaves, berries, and nuts can be displayed in endless fashions and help to create a warm and cozy environment.

Be sure to research poisonous plants in your area before picking any of these items.

Display Flowers in Fall Colors

Displaying flowers in fall colors is a quick, easy, and thrifty way of adding a seasonal touch to any room in your home. Rather than purchasing fresh flowers on a regular basis, consider fake plants or flowers that thrive in the fall weather, such as mums.

Experiment with Gourds

Much like miniature pumpkins, gourds are typically rather inexpensive and effortlessly located throughout the fall season. Gourds can be displayed alone or with other fall themed items such as candles, plants, flowers, and miniature pumpkins.

Not only do miniature gourds make a nice colorful addition to other fall decorations, but they can also be dried and decorated in a variety of fashions to compliment nearly any home decor.

Add Color to Indoor Plants

Indoor plants and greenery often clash with fall home decorations, which creates a disorganized appearance. The solution to this problem is very simple: add bright fall colors to your indoor plants. This can be achieved by purchasing fake leaves, flowers, and vines, and gently adding the items to the indoor plant.

Place Mats, Table Runners, and Table Cloths

Creating a highly detailed fall center piece and place setting is often quite pricey and time consuming. Rather than spending the time and energy attempting to achieve a perfect table, consider purchasing thrifty fall table decorations. Attractive fall themed place mats, table runners, and table cloths are generally quite affordable and readily available at department and discount stores.

Miniature Pumpkins

Available at most large grocery chains and farmers’ markets during the fall season, miniature pumpkins are an excellent fall interior decoration. The pumpkins can be displayed alone or with other seasonal items, are quite easy to work with, and are often available at very low prices.

 

3 Interior Design Tactics to Create Space in Crowded Rooms

Look around the room. There are so many things that you have! Couches, bookshelves, souvenirs from travel, the list goes on and on! With so much stuff, it won’t take long before your room is completely stuffed and you have no place to move or enjoy yourself. Using these three great interior design tips and tactics, you will be able to open up that cluttered space!

Tactic #1: Pick the right lighting for the room!

Lighting is a huge part in what makes a room look large or small. A flat, large overhead light will definitely make your room look tinier. If you are going for the minimalist, small space, then by all means go for the top overhead lighting, however if you are wanting to make the place seem larger it’s best to use individual lighting to brighten up the room. Use lamps, candles, even track lighting in some instances to really get the full effect. With individual lighting, you will also be able to put emphasis on the things you want to put emphasis on (that $2000 painting) and take emphasis away from you don’t want pointed out (your dog’s huge urine stain).

Tactic #2: Mirrors! Mirrors! Mirrors!

Not only are mirrors good for helping you located and remove that nasty bit of broccoli wedged sneakily between your two front teeth, they can also make a room seem bigger! Putting mirrors in rooms can also save on electricity if you use them to bring in more natural light from the sun. Set a mirror across from your window, and open up the blinds every once in a while! Generally speaking, the bigger you want the room to appear, the bigger the mirror you should get.

Tactic #3: What about my furniture?

When it comes to your couches and coffee tables, there are a few things to note. Pale furniture will open up a room much better than intensely colored furniture will. Also, if you are trying to conserve space, check out furniture that comes with built-in drawers and compartments! Get a coffee table that has a drawer for your remotes and TV-Guides. Also, it may be smart to position your biggest couch (or only couch in some cases) facing the door, as it not only makes the room look nicer, but will give the impression that you have more space.

Using just these three tactics, you should be able to make your bedroom, living room, or any other room for that matter look nicer and much larger than it actually is. Be creative and don’t forget to try different furniture placements! You never know how much better a room can look until you move it around a few times to really find the best match for the room!