Home decorating can be a daunting experience for some people. And spending time analyzing online decorating sites such as Brosa.com.au can just add to the confusion with all the contradictory professional designer opinions you’ll find. Such as these two opposing comments:

“See the latest design looks by our favorite tastemakers and get tips on how to incorporate top current trends in your own space.” –HGTV online

“When decorating, look to see what is popular and trendy; then do something else.” –Tonya Lee, designer and DIY decorator

In the world of decorating, it is true that regardless of what is hot or trending, not everyone is going to agree. But there are a few universally-accepted no-no’s that are non-negotiable, so we’ll start with those.

  • Plastic furniture covers
  • Overdone florals
  • Mirrored wallpaper
  • Wall of mounted animal heads
  • Popcorn or cottage cheese ceilings
  • Furniture against the walls, ringing the room
  • Black velvet paintings (Sorry, Elvis!)

Now that we have those out of the way (yes, someone is probably disagreeing already), we can focus on solid design principles for updating, remodeling or renovating your current home, or to help with setting up your first home or apartment. Whether you’re looking to remodel your kitchen and get some stunning countertops from a company such as Econ Granite or simply redecorate your living room – this handy guide will hopefully help!

Decorating Golden Rule–live with what you love

You have to live there, so your home should be a place filled with the things you love. If you really need that Lava Lamp, you can make it work, but that doesn’t mean you have to live in an all 70s environment. Using tried-and-true decorating principles to guide your decisions will help you end up with the best result for all your labor and expense, and save you from design faux pas that you’ll regret–maybe not forever, but certainly until you redecorate again.

Aggregating design wisdom from far and wide, here are some quick tips to get you on the right path to a safe and sane interior design experience.

  • Get rid of what you hate; this could be a piece of furniture, carpet, outdated window coverings, or a failed color scheme. (A new wall color can completely transform a room.)
  • Determine your decorating style—traditional, eclectic, modern, glam couture, etc. If you’re unsure, try backing into it by finding examples of what you DON’T like, and then net out your style by process of elimination.

Decorating Window Covering Style

The good news is…no style is wrong

  • Find a common thread among your favorite things—color, fabric, style—and use this as a starting place, or find a new, special piece that speaks to you and use it as your inspiration.
  • Dream big about what you want, but prioritize so you can meet your budget and still get what’s most important. A sunken tub may be in your dreams (and future), but today’s reality is new shutters in the dining room.
  • Create an images notebook online (Houzz Ideabooks or Pinterest) or in hardcopy of decorating ideas that you like. This includes colors, patterns, furniture styles, window treatments, rugs, chandeliers, accessories and room design. As with dreaming big, collect anything that catches your fancy, you can always pare down later.
  • Consider updating your own favorite furnishings with a new coat of paint or stain, and reupholstering can give a piece new life and vitality. Kitchen cabinets from brown to white, or white to brown and adding new hardware, may be the perfect fix.

Furniture Before and After

Making something old beautiful and new again

  • Move furniture pieces from room to room to try out new arrangements and design ideas. A living room end table can become a chic night stand for a bedroom with a colorful coat of paint.
  • Have a plan of attack: one room at a time to stay on budget, or a complete major overhaul if cost permits. One room at a time keeps the whole house from being chaotic and helps eliminate the dreaded “many projects started/no projects finished” syndrome that spells death for home makeovers.

The process takes time and patience, so enjoy the journey and revel in your artistic and creative side. You may be surprised at how innovative your design sense can be! If you find yourself buying a load of furniture and are unsure how you are going to transport it to your house, then you could check out a site like Shiply to make moving your new furniture a lot easier for you. Even if you think the process is long, you should enjoy it, the end result will be worth it!

The transforming power of window coverings

Fabric Blinds Living Room

Unadorned blinds are high fashion and the perfect ambience for this casual dining room

New window coverings are actually an easy way to make a big design impact. They have the power to transform any space with a wide range of styles in blinds, shutters, drapes and curtains, window shades, decorative hardware and more. Using just one style (like blinds), or layering several together (drapery panels over window shades), provides unlimited options for stylish design in every room in your home.

If you’re stumped on where to start with your home design project, start with the windows to set the stage. A call to your local Budget Blinds® Style Consultant will bring samples and design ideas right into your home. Our in-home consultations allow you to experiment with styles and colors where you’ll be using them, making design choices easier. Call 866-879-9730 today to schedule a FREE, in-home consultation or go online to www.budgetblinds.com  to find the Style Consultant nearest you. You can view our exclusive line of window coverings online in the Inspired Drapes Lookbook to see the latest in trending window treatments and soft fashions design.

One last thought to keep you inspired as you enter the world of interior design:

“Have nothing in your home that you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” –William Morris, artist and textile designer