Tag: Decorate

How to Decorate a Man Room

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jayson Franklin and Morgan Gagne of Manly Vintage.

There’s a good chance the first interior decorator was a guy, scratching pictures of a glorious hunt on the wall of his cave, trying to show off for his friends.  This was the first man cave, if you will. Unfortunately, the modern man tends to be as afraid of “decorating” as the stag is of the spear.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  A well-planned, coordinated, organized, and stylish space will bring more pleasure and comfort than a space with random furniture and objects all shoved together.  No one with any sense would advocate that a man should necessarily quit his full-time job and compare color swatches while watching every episode of Design Star, let alone have a decorating opinion for every inch of his abode.  However, he should at the

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How to Decorate | Home Decorating Ideas from Ballard Designs

It’s all about the mix. We love mixing styles, periods, shapes, colors, and materials together to create a layered room that reflects the personality of…

  • It’s a universal truth – we all need more storage. In the kitchen, we love working in wall shelves or a hutch to display favorite…

  • Mixing and matching bedding is one of our favorite ways to add pattern and depth to a bedroom. With that in mind, we always make…

  • Picking the perfect shade is a lot like choosing the right jewelry

  • Have you ever been in a room that feels calm and happy? That might have just as much, if not more, to do with the…

  • There are certain rules we live by when putting the finishing touches on any room. For example, every room needs a few books (whether they’re…

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    30 Small Living Room Decorating & Design Ideas – How to Decorate a Small Living

    by  on  in Family Room

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    Those pesky small living rooms always have us stumbling and second guessing what we should do to make the most of the floor plan. If you’ve ever struggled with how to arrange your furniture, how to fit in more seating, how to get in more light and beyond, here are 30 rooms—from genius teeny spaces full of inspiration to larger living rooms with plenty of ideas to borrow—showcasing the best ways to expand your square footage without any demolition.

    Mirrors are one of the best ways to make your tiny space feel open and airy. This space from West Elm shows off the dramatic impact multiple mirrors can play, plus they reflect any and all light available in the room.

    In a tiny space, you might be afraid of overwhelming things with too-large

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    How to Use Basic Design Principles to Decorate Your Home

    by  on  in Decoration

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    Some people are born with a great eye for decorating or design. Others learn the skill and are able to apply it successfully. And then there are the rest of us. If you don’t have much of a knack for design, a few basic techniques can go a long way.

    These decorating rules and principles are simple enough that most anyone can apply them. Your home might not look like a West Elm catalogue, but it’ll look presentable.

    Follow The Rule of Odd Numbers

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    You might already be familiar with the rule of thirds for photography. Designing with odd numbers as a foundation can create harmony and visual interest, explains designer Cecilia Walker:

    The basic idea of the rule is that details and objects that are arranged or grouped in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered pairings.

    It helps

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