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4. Try different color shade combinations. If you're using primarily green in bathroom design, try both a light and dark shade as previously mentioned. Test 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 in store, but other times you'll need to actually buy items and test them in actual room itself. Anything that doesn't quite look or feel right in overall room design can simply be returned to store.
5. Work with what you have. In our bathroom decor example, 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, darker green shades might make room seem a bit too heavy and dark once you have all of new decorations in place.
6. Don't be afraid to try mixing decor styles. It's ok to have a Southwestern style towel set in 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 from 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 into 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 - http://www.diyhomedecorating.com - a large and growing home decorating and decor website featuring articles, tips, advice, and popular home decor shopping.