Make Your Home's Style Unique With Mix and Match Decor

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

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4. Try different color shade combinations. If you're using primarily green inrepparttar bathroom design, try both a light and dark shade as previously mentioned. Testrepparttar 136673 colors out though, because sometimes one shade doesn't sit well next to another. Sometimes you can tell this instinctively by holding two items of different shades together inrepparttar 136674 store, but other times you'll need to actually buyrepparttar 136675 items and test them inrepparttar 136676 actual room itself. Anything that doesn't quite look or feel right inrepparttar 136677 overall room design can simply be returned torepparttar 136678 store.

5. Work with what you have. In our bathroom decor example,repparttar 136679 shades of green might not work well if you have pink walls and aren't able to change them when you're redecorating. If you have deep, dark wood cabinets and other accessories,repparttar 136680 darker green shades might makerepparttar 136681 room seem a bit too heavy and dark once you have all ofrepparttar 136682 new decorations in place.

6. Don't be afraid to try mixing decor styles. It's ok to have a Southwestern style towel set inrepparttar 136683 same bathroom as a seaside designed shower curtain for instance, because both styles tend to use earth toned colors.

7. Last but not least: If you can't find decor styles you like at regular stores, try shopping around at yard sales and flea markets. Even if you find just one interesting or unique piece that really catches your attention - that's a place to start. You can create an entire room's unique design and decor style by simply working fromrepparttar 136684 color and style of that one piece!

Remember that decorating your home is all about you. Your likes, dislikes, and lifestyle are what's most important. So be sure to inject a little bit of your own personality intorepparttar 136685 decor of your home, and your friends and family will be envious of your unique, stylish look!

© 2005, Kathy Burns-Millyard. This article is provided courtesy of The Do It Yourself Home Decorating Network - - a large and growing home decorating and decor website featuring articles, tips, advice, and popular home decor shopping.

When is it time to call the professional?

Written by Robert Kempe

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The second step is to know your own ability. Do you have a history withrepparttar type of project you are working on? If not, did you do your research and homework prior to executingrepparttar 136618 project physically? How much ofrepparttar 136619 project do you really know? Inrepparttar 136620 example, my wife who already placed herself in step one by default, clearly saw that I did not have a past history or that I did not do any type of research prior to physically executingrepparttar 136621 project. She knew I was flying blind, armed with only theories of operation so that I could sound intelligent when talking aboutrepparttar 136622 project. Recognizing this, she allowed me time to dorepparttar 136623 research, and saw that my direction was not headed towardsrepparttar 136624 desired results. She saw that I did not haverepparttar 136625 skill to fixrepparttar 136626 appliance. Do you haverepparttar 136627 ability to plan and/or understand fullyrepparttar 136628 project execution andrepparttar 136629 steps order to completerepparttar 136630 project correctly?

The third step is to know if you haverepparttar 136631 correct tools. If you did do your research and you do know how to properly execute a project, evaluate if you haverepparttar 136632 proper tools. Do not take short cuts and use tools in a different manner than they were designed for. Make sure that if you do purchase new tools, that you completely understand how to use them. Along this same line, ifrepparttar 136633 project requires a certification of inspection, this also falls inrepparttar 136634 same category as a tool needed to completerepparttar 136635 project. Inrepparttar 136636 example, I did not have allrepparttar 136637 tools needed to even troubleshootrepparttar 136638 problem, which led to a majority of my frustration and creative use of adjectives. Do you haverepparttar 136639 correct tools or can you get them?

The fourth step is to evaluate a proper time frame to competerepparttar 136640 project. Establish a time frame that is realistic. Allow yourself error and determine how much slack time you can afford beforerepparttar 136641 project becomes a burden torepparttar 136642 household. Inrepparttar 136643 example, my wife knew that those dishes would have to be done soon. We were washing them inrepparttar 136644 sink temporarily, but that’s not why we purchased a five hundred dollar dishwasher. The money was spent as an investment inrepparttar 136645 utility ofrepparttar 136646 appliance and not to become a project. Keeping this in mind, she had something inside her that said this project needs to be completed now. What determined that? I do not know, butrepparttar 136647 time was set andrepparttar 136648 phone call was made. Isrepparttar 136649 project going to be completed on time or isrepparttar 136650 project avoiding becoming “the burden?”

If you answered “no” to any of these questions inrepparttar 136651 four steps, you need to call a professional to help you finish your project as my wife did. Byrepparttar 136652 way, inrepparttar 136653 example,repparttar 136654 problem our dishwasher had was that a ball check-valve was stuck and prevented it from physically shifting intorepparttar 136655 drain cycle. Would you have been able to determine that? I thought it was an electrical issue inrepparttar 136656 controller.

If you find this information useful you should visitrepparttar 136657 site you will find lots of interesting articles related to this topic provided by Robert Kempe.

Robert Kempe has 15+ years in industrial construction and industrial engineered manufacturing as a project manager and a part time home inspector. Through his experience he has been able to simplify and make sense of home building and designing in what looks to be a complete chaotic project and decision making process. His articles will guide you through the most difficult decisions and make it a positive uplifting experience.

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