Interior Design & Decorating Tips
A simple decorating idea: If your kitchen cabinets are getting
crowded, invest in a hanging rack for under the shelves, and slide
your wine and Champagne glasses in for easy storage.
• If you want to try composting garbage for the garden, you probably
want a small container which you might keep by the sink. You may
think that composting is a sure way to make sure the kitchen smells
terrible, but a great deal of progress has been made in composting
containers for the kitchen. Look for a composting container made of
steel, clay, or plastic which has a carbon filter in the lid. The
filter will cut down on the smells, and a closely-fitting lid will
• For a point of interest on a boring wall, try this decorating tip:
Instead of hanging a picture in a frame, paint a frame directly on
the wall around the picture. It helps if you have some artistic
ability, so you can make the frame look realistic. Your guests will
do a double-take, and your wall will be anything but boring.
• The distressed look definitely works in a room that's done in a
traditional design, but you want to make sure you give the room the
look of being casual and lived in without making it look worn out
• Try out the changing table in the store as best you can, by
standing in front of it and checking the height. You don't want to
have to bend over the table too much, so that you can save your back
for the heavy lifting necessary the rest of the day.
• When preparing a home for sale, one of the first things realtors
do is strip the fridge of the collection of photos that gathers
there. And with good reason: using the fridge as a bulletin board
quickly looks messy and confusing. Instead, try hanging a ribbon
board in the kitchen, and be sparing in which photos you choose to
display. It's easy to insert each photo behind the ribbons without
incurring ugly pin-holes.
• White works so well because it reflects back a great deal of
light, so other colors you use with it will really stand out. Try
looking at the photo of the white bedroom again. Obviously, the
interior design of the room makes it not as not as welcoming as it
could be. This time imagine infusing the room with just one color: A
terrific painting over the bed in blues and a blue striped duvet
cover. Or a spread patterned in bright yellow and white, and the
door painted bright yellow. You can see how starting with an
all-white room can free the decorator to choose and play with color.
• The garden view can lend either a comfortable, natural feeling to
the interior design of your room, or it can create a more formal
mood. Lighting torches and planting them among the foliage outside
would encourage the relaxed mood, while carefully-placed electric
lighting could make it more formal.