Author: Gen Wright
When it comes to decorating your house, there a generally two approaches that you can adopt. The first approach involves consistency. That means you will try to achieve the same look and feel throughout the whole house. For example, if you are going for a more traditional look, then it's traditional designs and furniture all over.
The problem with this approach is that you will have to get the agreement of whoever is staying with you. Your children probably won't agree to you changing their rooms into the traditional style. However, if everyone is agreeable, this approach can work very well. It will save you the hassle of having to think of a new design for each and every room. Sometimes, there is just not enough time and resources.
But if this approach is not feasible, you will have to resort to the second approach. The second approach is the direct opposite of the first one. Each room will have its own unique design. The daughter will have one design, the son another design, the kitchen with its own design, and so on and so forth. The benefit of adopting this approach is that no one needs to fight over the style of the home. Each will have his or her own personal preferences met.
As the homeowner, there are 2 rooms that your children will probably have no interest in - the living room and the kitchen.
Decorating the living room is a more difficult task compared to decorating a personal room. There is more space, and certainly more furniture and other items. Therefore, you may need to spend a little more time on your living room design. Consider the center pieces that you are going to buy. Center pieces refer to those big items that will attract attention. For instance, the sofa set or the television set. Once you have the bigger sets filling in most of the space, it's easier to find compatible items to go decorate the room.
The kitchen is another room that you will be spending a lot of time in. You or your spouse will be using the kitchen appliances to prepare meals for the family. So make sure that it is well equipped with what you need. The design you decide on depends on various factors. But more importantly, try to think of the amount of space that you have in the kitchen. After installing the cabinets, cupboards, etc., there should still be lots of room for you to move around as you work. Kitchen designs can range from simple to luxurious. Luxurious designs cost a lot more than contemporary designs. So be sure to allocate more budget for the kitchen.
Finally, be mindful that it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of work involved in redesigning or refurnishing a home. If there is too much to handle, just come up with a plan to work on the different rooms one at a time. That way, the amount of work is minimized and you can keep your focus on just one room. You may even get better results!
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