Well folks, I’ve done it…100 decorating tips in celebration of my first 100 blog posts! Tomorrow, we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled blogging .
91. You can make curtains out of just about anything. If you can’t find exactly the curtains you’re looking for in your favorite home store, try looking in the bedroom or kitchen section. Flat sheets, table clothes, and even just look pieces of fabric all make great curtains. And with these little curtain clips, you don’t even need to sew! If you have a piece of unfinished fabric you’d like to use and you don’t know how to use a sewing machine, try safety pins or hem tape!
92. Don’t be afraid of color. I love this photo from The Little Things. She has a pretty neutral kitchen, but really made a statement by adding this teal island. Try something out of the box. If you don’t like it, you can always change it. Your room is NEVER permanent!
93. If you share your home with someone (husband, kids, roommates) remember that even if they aren’t super opinionated, they still appreciate being thought about when you decorate a room. Your hubby may not care what sort of pictures you hang on your wall or couch you pick out (as long as it’s comfy), but he probably will appreciate it if you don’t paint the walls hot pink, or pick out that overly floral fabric for your curtains. And your kids will probably appreciate it if there are areas of each room that are specially designed for them (places to put their toys, showcase their artwork, etc.).
94. When you are considering paint colors for you home, remember that people will see your house as a whole not as a group of individual rooms…so make sure paint colors flow from one room to the next. They don’t need be the same color, but make sure the coordinate!
95. Do you have kids? Want a fun way to display books or pictures in your house? Take a look at this. You can learn how to make and install these yourself over at Frugal Home Designs!
96. Put things in unexpected places…we have a tree in our guest bathroom…seriously. It seemed so odd at first, but I really like it there now! You never know where something will work, so play around! Remember nothing is permanent!
97. In the same vain, try putting something unexpected on the wall. Walls of picture frames can sometimes become boring, even if the frames and their contents are interesting. So try something three dimensional: a wall sculpture, a old tennis racquet of your mothers, an egg beater. No joke. I recently saw a home magazine with an old egg beater hanging on the wall, and it looked so neat! You never know what’s going to work for you.
98. Don’t ignore your laundry room! Whether you have a whole room dedicated to your washer and dryer, or just a closet, don’t ignore this space! I saw the CUTEST laundry room on HGTV the other day…the walls were a light blue and they had bead board cabinets. Which made me think, “How many of us are neglecting our laundry rooms?!?” Your laundry room doesn’t have to be quite this nice (picture courtesy of Lemon Annie), but don’t ignore it! At the very least, spice it up with a sassy paint color!
99. Invest in galvanized steel buckets. Lots of them. They can hold flowers, Coronas on ice, sand and candles, art supplies, or one of my favorite uses…toys in a playroom. This photo is comes from Nesting Place:
100. Sometimes it’s easy to focus on all the things you want to “fix” in your house. Right now, take a moment, a night, a weekend, heck even a month to appreciate all the things you LIKE about your house. Focus on the positive!
Thanks for hanging with me through all 100 tips! See you back here tomorrow for more This American Wife!