Decorating Tips & Trends

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If you’re decorating, it means you’re probably knee-deep in fabulous fabrics, vivid colors and difficult decisions. That can overwhelm even the hardiest home designer. Here are some helpful hints to ease your decorating dilemmas.

Picking a starting point.

Choose your favorite object in a room, whether it’s an antique armoire or a bay window. Make it the centerpiece and decorate around it. Let your favorite object suggest the color palette for the entire room.

Armoire Carpet

Color flow.

Create a unifying flow of colors throughout your house by using the same colors in varying roles in your rooms. If you’ve used lemon yellow on the wall of the kitchen, use the same lemon yellow as an accent color in the adjoining family room.

Carpet Unifying Colors

Use varying shades.

Don’t match carpet color exactly with wall paint or upholstery; the room will appear too rigid. Instead choose a darker or lighter shade to create variation and definition.

Carpet Shades

Accentuate the positives and conceal the negatives.

Highlight the items that you love in a room, whether it be a favorite mantelpiece to a beloved lamp. Hide the things you don’t like but can’t change. Put carpet over horrible tile or curtains over an unattractive window.

Keep a scrapbook.

Collect photos and magazine pages of room designs you like. Keep them filed for inspiration and ideas. Beyond actual materials and magazine layouts, collect colors, textures, and images that create moods that you like. Everything is fair game.

Textures Colors Scrapbook

Samples, samples, samples.

Keep a bag on hand with samples and swatches of carpet, paint and fabric you are already using. If you come across anything in when shopping, you’ll be able to determine quickly if fits into your existing décor.

Pictures, pictures, pictures.

Phone Pics Home

The secret to success is organizing your phone pictures so you can quickly recall the images you need when you need them.


Take pictures of everything. Document your entire house and take a quick snap of anything you come across that you like or even think you might like, or just find interesting.

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