Home Decorating Ideas

The home decorating industry is thriving and largely successful as more people are doing their own interior design projects. Home makeover television shows have been immensely popular and have mass appeal to the average home enthusiasts. People are gaining confidence that they can create the design look they want by trying some of the home decorating ideas they see on television, online and in interior design magazines.

One factor that can detract from room enhancement efforts is a room filled with piles of papers, books, clothes and furniture, which all amount to clutter. One of the simplest ways to redecorate is to de-clutter the space to open it up to the possibilities of change. This is something the whole family can work together to do and will yield beneficial results for everyone, as items are cleaned out and wanted items are neatly arranged and stored.

The idea of decorating rooms in the home can seem intimidating at first, because deciding where to begin can often be as difficult as the task at hand. Once the decision is made as to the type of project, costs involved and accessories to buy, it is easier to get started. It is also good to look at magazines or websites to get helpful decorating tips on styles and coordinated accessories to consider. Dressing up a room is a lot like putting together a nice outfit for a special occasion–all of the components work together for a fresh, new look.

One of the simplest things people can do to fix up their home is to splash on a fresh coat of paint. Many home improvement stores have very knowledgeable staff concerning color schemes and types of paint that would be best to use. In addition, some stores sell tutorial CDs that give step-by-step directions on the basics of painting. Paint stores can also provide helpful information about the most suitable type of paint and colors to consider for your living space.

Another way to provide an attractive facelift for a room is to add some “knickknacks” to accentuate the room. New pillows for the couch, attractive, cleverly arranged pictures, new seat covers and curtains are a few simple accents that add a splash of décor and room transformation. Some people may even choose to spice up their bathroom with color coordinated bathroom accessories and wall shelving to store toiletries. These innovative home décor accents can make the bathroom look spacious, neat and decorative.

There are many home decorating ideas to choose from when accentuating a living space. People who are new to home decorating or who have time or budgetary restraints can choose simple projects to do, such as painting a room, adding attractive knickknacks or new curtains. These simple decorating ideas can add a touch of style and provide a nice transformation for any room.

Typically when you think of benches you think of benches at parks, dug out benches at baseball games and garden benches in the garden. But what about the idea of incorporating outdoor benches inside your home. Benches used in your home can be a definite plus. Using benches in a unique way really gives character and personality to your space. They instantly give you more seating and more placement options because they are lighter than a typical sofa or love seat. Benches are so versatile they can be used in your indoor space many different ways.

1. Kitchens, Breakfast areas, and Dining Rooms

I’ve seen benches used in breakfast areas near windows or in big kitchens that have window nooks. They make instant window seats which certainly can help your budget because they can mimic window seat functionality without the cost of having one built in. A cast iron Midas Regal bench would be a perfect choice. They are quaint and cozy when you add throw pillows and cushions for comfort. These seating locations make it easy to grab the morning newspaper and curl up with a hot cup of coffee before heading out the door. Benches have also become fashionable for kitchen nooks and around dining tables in place of chairs. They allow more seating and clever design imaginings for the home owner.

2. Foyers, Mudrooms and Entry ways

Of course foyers, mudrooms and entry ways are an obvious choice for benches since everyone needs to sit down to take shoes, coats and other items off. They are charming and delightful in these spaces because they are the introduction to your home, so why not make a statement. By adding a teak bench, stylish pillows and bolsters along with proper storage for your items, you can add design pizazz in these entry ways.

3. Bedrooms and Bathroom areas

Bedrooms can become the ideal place for your benches. Consider using one in a more traditional place, like at the end of the bed. A backless bench with a custom cushion to match the decor of your bedroom would be a nice touch. Be creative and add a bench under a window like a window seat. Bathrooms can have a special place for benches. An Old French Tulip Love seat or Ivy Aluminum Love Seat would be heavenly in front of a vanity. Place one near the bath tub as a sitting area before and after you enter the bath. These benches would really assist families with elderly and aged adults.

4. Florida Rooms and Covered/Screened in porches

You can’t forget how beautiful Florida rooms and other porch areas can be with the touch of benches. Try white cast iron benches in place of a sofa and love seat. Decorate them with soft floral patterns or pastels such as periwinkle or pale green seat cushions. Add floral and striped throw pillows, with a white washed coffee table in between and these benches can bring an English cottage feel to your space. A strong sturdy teak bench would be perfect for your front porch or screened in porch areas. Natural and elegant teak can bring a more rustic approach to your porch area. Use this bench as your focal point and surround it with smaller chairs and side tables along with autumn color pillows for a lived in country look.

Benches offer so much more than just extra seating; they can bring charm to a bathroom or bedroom, sophistication to a Florida room and cozy, relaxed comfort to a kitchen or foyer area. Whatever you choose, you and your family will enjoy them for many years and will not be disappointed.

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