Home Decorating Ideas

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 20, 2016)

Truly, there are as many different methods and styles for decorating a home as there are people in the world. As you know, the reason for this is that everyone's tastes are a little different and since they are, what one person finds attractive, another person is going to find absolutely repulsive. Well, as the old saying goes, you can't please everyone, you can however ensure that you are pleased with the results of your decorating endeavors.

The best way to succeed in your decorating endeavors is to explore all your options. Below is a brief description of some different styles for decorating your home. This list is in no way complete, or all encompassing. This list however does list some of the different themes that can be used in home decorating.

  • Cottage. Some would say that this particular style isn't so much a style as a way of life. The reason for this is that this style is actually more a frame of mind. Since cottages are usually decorated using old, secondhand hand-me downs with no real rules other than consistency: Be consistent in what you use and how you use it. When getting the furniture and decorations the primary thing that you are going to want to think about is comfort. If it is comfortable to you, then go ahead and use it.
  • Southwest. Surprisingly, southwestern style is another of those design styles that depends so largely on a frame of mind. When decorating in this style, use things that evoke a feeling of the majesty and splendor that are found in the mesas, plateaus, and deserts of the American Southwest. Use earthy colors and tones, while sticking to natural materials in the construction of furniture, though a great way to provide accents and highlights is through the use of ironwork.
  • Country. Country style is, believe it or not, based off of multicultural influences from throughout the world. When the word "country" is, most people think of farms. So, when you are decorating, use things that evoke a feeling of being in a farm setting. When doing this be consistent in your use of color and to not be afraid of using bright and vibrant colors.
  • Heartland. The heartland style is very similar in nature to that of the country style, though with a slight difference. That difference is that everything is toned down just a bit more than it is when using country style. When deciding to use this style, use the same criteria as you would when decorating with the country style, just keep in mind that subtlety is the key.

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Lee Wyatt

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