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Makeover Your Bedroom by Removing Clutter

bedroomThink about what kind of decoration you want on the wall. It doesn’t always have to be photos; you can have paintings or decals, or a trophy shelf maybe. Many rooms can look great with little or no wall decorations, depending on the size and outline of the room itself. Modern wall art is often composed of simplistic, yet aesthetically pleasing designs and it can add a fine complement to a room that seems barren. It might be something as straightforward as arranging nine black squares in a giant square pattern on a blank spot on your wall to make your sleeping environment feel more complete.

A very crucial part of making your bedroom more livable is to dispose of anything that you don’t want or need. It will be time-consuming, but give your room a scrupulous cleaning and ask yourself if you really want to keep every single little thing you find. Determine what you can do without and get rid of those items, either by selling them (which would generate more money for your room’s makeover) or giving them away. A cluttered room can be an embarrassment, an aggravation, a discomfort, or even panic-inducing, so do your best to remove excess stuff and then you will be able to work with what you have left. Trust me, sometimes less looks a lot better, especially if you have a room so jam-packed with bits and pieces that you only have a path carved out from your door to your bed. Move stuff around and experiment with different organizations until you find something that suits you.

In fact, you might have everything you need for a handsome room layout already in your possession; it might just be a matter of rearranging things in a different way around the room. Experimentation is vital to achieving a desirable makeover for your bedroom, so don’t be troubled by juggling things around the room for a while.

The hardest part about making over one’s bedroom is getting the drapes, floors, and bedding to match. They don’t all necessarily have to be the same exact colors, but getting shades to work together in harmony is a lot harder than it seems when you’re working with more than three values. This is the part where it would probably be good to check out local thrift stores and websites like eBay and see what you can mix and match. You’d be surprised what you can find second-hand. Even those who have no sense of design will just know something isn’t right if the colors don’t match; certain tints work together and your eye can interpret that combination of colors as fun, exciting, relaxing, or sensual, depending on the chosen palette.

Leather Furniture- A Smart Home Decor Investment

leather furnitureNatural leather is a warm and inviting material with truly unique characteristics. When you are choosing a new sofa you might want to consider investing in leather. It may be a little more expensive than conventional fabric upholstery but if properly cared for it can last a lifetime, becoming more beautiful with age and use.

With a piece of furniture that will last you so long, the quality is the foremost factor you need to consider when making your choice. There are cheap leather sofas available but these are not likely to have the durability and character of a well designed and made example. Look for leather that has been tanned with water based dyes and finished with natural substances such as beeswax that allows the natural markings and shade variations to show off the leather’s best characteristics.

If you don’t want to wait for your new leather furniture to age and acquire the lovely lived in look, you can even buy furniture that has already been “antiqued”. Or you could buy genuine antique pieces although good antique leather furniture is likely to cost more than buying new.

One important consideration is the color. Think about the future rather than buying a leather sofa that suits your home decor now. You may want to change your decoration style in a few years or even move home and your sofa will still be with you. So even if you love red or green at the moment, it would be better to choose a more neutral color that will go with any home decor scheme you might like to choose in years to come. A tan, golden brown or smoky colored leather will tone with almost any color room and you can always pile on the pillows or a throw in a accent color to fit in with your theme.

Decorating with Vintage Collectibles

If you are not the type of person who enjoys flipping through home decorating magazines looking for the latest ideas, you may want to spend a little bit of time considering a different path in home decor.  Many people today are looking toward vintage items as a way to decorate their homes.  You can find these old items at garage sales, yard sales, estate sales and auctions, both online and off.  One of the more popular online auction sites is eBay, and they have conveniently broken their collectibles category down into many subcategories for collectors to peruse.

There is something comforting and even rustic about using vintage or antique items in your home decorating scheme.  We have all heard the saying what is old is new again, and it certainly can be applied to the accents you place around your house.  Using older items to decorate may not get you on the cover of any home decorating magazines, but it can really help in creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere in your home.  There are many small items that can be added to your decorating scheme that will act as a subtle touch that can make a big difference.  A quick look at eBay will show you that antique crystal doorknobs are a very popular item among buyers.  Some people replace the metal hardware before installing them on the doors in their homes, but others prefer the worn look of the original metal.  Especially for people who live in large, older homes, these beautiful doorknobs can offer some real charm.

Other people like to devote one or more of their rooms to a particular theme or hobby.  One very popular theme is railroad memorabilia.  Setting up a train room can be a fun way to pass the time for a railroad enthusiast.  Along with actual working scale model trains, people often place old railroad memorabilia about the room such as railroad crossing signs and vintage railroad lanterns.

These are just a couple of ideas for folks who enjoy taking a different approach in their home decorating.  You should always follow your heart and your imagination when you decide to decorate.  It is, after all, your home and you should feel good about it no matter what room you are in.