Decorating your humble abode and donÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢t know where to start in terms of color and style? Take our quiz and learn some essential decorating principles.
Painting the walls of your house is the fastest and cheapest way to decorate them. It takes just a few hours from start to finish.
Semi gloss paint on the walls and high gloss paint on trimmings is best for households with children and pets. This will make it easier to clean off the fingerprints and ensure your walls will endure the wear and tear for longer.
Oil based paint used to be more durable and longer lasting. Today oil and latex (water) based paints are equal in this area, but latex based paint dries faster, is easier to clean and has less of an odor when fresh than oil base paint.
Dark shades make a room appear smaller, light shades make it appear larger.
Painting the ceiling in a light shade, in a color two shades lighter than the color of the walls, blurs the delineation between the walls and ceiling, giving an illusion of height and space.
Yes, today modern wallpaper is made to be washed and scrubbed.
Wallpaper with stripes and vertical prints gives the illusion of a raised ceiling; horizontal prints make the room appear wider.
Moldings are traditionally placed where the ceiling meets the wall. Adding ornately detailed moldings gives a room a Victorian look.
Laying tiles on the diagonal, instead of parallel to the wall, gives a room a larger look.
A hardwood floor made from oak lends a country ambience, maple or cherry is best for a traditional style and beech, birch or ash gives a contemporary look.
Using carpeting throughout the entire house gives the house an expansive feel and insulates against cold and noise.
Carpet that is tightly woven or tufted will last the longest.
Granite is a better choice for a bathroom than marble because it is less slippery. All stone flooring, including granite and marble, needs to be sealed, which makes it an expensive material.
Ceramic tiles are long lasting and come in rich variety of sizes, colors, patterns and sheens, making them the most versatile.
Linoleum is inexpensive and hard wearing. It is made from all natural materials and is coming back in a big way with younger designers.
New cabinets take up a huge part of the budget, better to reinvent your old cabinets by painting, trimming or refacing with laminate or wood.
A solid surface of granite, marble, laminate, stainless steel or concrete ensures germs don't become trapped and that the sink can be inserted seamlessly.
By combining elements, such as drapes with sheer curtains, you can keep the warmth in or the sun out, according to the season and time of day.
When buying a major piece of furniture, know beforehand where you will place it, so that it will be the correct size.
The elements of a kitchen should be placed in the way you work: the work triangle. The points of the triangle are the three major work areas: refrigerator, cooking source, and sink. Draw an imaginary line from one to the other and the total measurement of the triangle's legs should be between 12 and 26 feet.