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

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

You see it allrepparttar time in retail discount stores: Color coordinated decor for just about anywhere in your home. And some ofrepparttar 136673 designs are quite pretty. In fact, some people become obsessed by them. They're usually really cute, come in a variety of colors, shades, patterns and designs, and they just plain make decorating easy. There's no guesswork - everything is matched for you automatically. But there's also no unique style. No sense of "you" inrepparttar 136674 finished style. If you mix and match styles up a bit though, you'll end up creating something that's just right for you, your home, and your style preferences. Here are a few tips on doing that.

1. It's ok to start with a "cookie cutter" design style, pattern, or color theme you've found in a general store. These are actually great starting places for getting new decor ideas.

2. Try choosing just one or two matching items fromrepparttar 136675 store. For instance, let's say you plan to decorate your bathroom in a sea green color scheme. You'll find plenty of really nice shower curtains to fit this color scheme well, so choose one you like. If you just can't resist... go ahead and getrepparttar 136676 matching accessories too, such asrepparttar 136677 toothbrush holder and soap dish.

3. Now most likelyrepparttar 136678 ready made design of your shower curtain has traces of other colors mixed in. It's common for instance, to see blues, tans, yellows and oranges in a sea green coordinated bathroom set, because these colors tend to be seen when you're actually atrepparttar 136679 sea or ocean. So they compliment each other.

And this is a key decorating point: Your room colors don't have to match exactly. They should simply compliment each other. So in our sea green bathroom decor example above, it would be perfectly natural to add a set of solid tan colored towels, burnt orange wash cloths, and a throw rug with touches of blue in it. Ifrepparttar 136680 blue doesn't seem to fit quite right for your tastes, then try a deep forest green colored rug instead.

When is it time to call the professional?

Written by Robert Kempe

For most Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home project managers,repparttar most difficult decision is to know when to giverepparttar 136618 professionals a call to come complete a task and when to complete it yourself. The reason we like to do our own home upgrades or an addition is always a pretty internal and selfish reason. We want to save money and we want to be able to say, “I did it myself.” How many times have you been to a friendly dinner party andrepparttar 136619 topic of home improvement projects come up? Ultimately, it becomes a barrage of sentences that all contain these simple statements, “I did it myself.” or “We did it ourselves.” I must confess that I am also guilty of this. This is why we always haverepparttar 136620 more informative conversations with people atrepparttar 136621 local hardware and supply stores. Both parties inrepparttar 136622 conversation understandrepparttar 136623 need to DIY andrepparttar 136624 communication process flows without any issues.

Have you ever had complications with a project and wished you had called someone instead of finishing it yourself? I have, here is an example:

My wife informed me thatrepparttar 136625 dishwasher was broken, I answered her by saying, “Let me have a look at it before you call anyone, okay?” She would humor me and let me look at something I have no idea, other thanrepparttar 136626 basic theory of operation, how it works! I want to berepparttar 136627 hero in my mind,repparttar 136628 all knowing of my own kingdom. I don’t want to let someone else come into my own kingdom and fix something! However, eventuallyrepparttar 136629 dishes would pile up waiting forrepparttar 136630 washer to be fixed and I would be letting a few informal adjectives slip out of my mouth as I looked for tools, only because I didn’t know how to fix it, let alone, findrepparttar 136631 problem. My wife,repparttar 136632 good woman that she is, would then politely call, after a period of pre-calculated time on her part, a repair man and schedule to haverepparttar 136633 washer fixed. She would then inform me at a later time that day ofrepparttar 136634 future repair schedule forrepparttar 136635 appliance. Timing is everything in that situation isn’t it? Now back to my original statement, “the most difficult decision is to know when to giverepparttar 136636 professionals a call.” Wellrepparttar 136637 answer is simple, when we are over our head and out of our league in a project. The definition ofrepparttar 136638 previous sentence is a difficult trial in our own mind set along side our egos forrepparttar 136639 DIY home project managers. My wife, inrepparttar 136640 example, followedrepparttar 136641 definition to that sentence and didn’t realize it. As you readrepparttar 136642 rest of this article, place yourself in your own project and ask yourselfrepparttar 136643 questions in each of these steps.

The first step is to remove your self fromrepparttar 136644 project and evaluate it from an outside prospective. This must be done. If you have trouble accomplishing this, ask yourself how your spouse or good friend would view this project. What isrepparttar 136645 real objective? Inrepparttar 136646 example, my wife just wantedrepparttar 136647 dishes to be washed inrepparttar 136648 dishwasher. My objective was to fixrepparttar 136649 dishwasher to be able to handlerepparttar 136650 loads of dishes. The difference is that she hadrepparttar 136651 true objective, to washrepparttar 136652 dishes inrepparttar 136653 dish washer. My objective was to fixrepparttar 136654 appliance. So you see that removing yourself fromrepparttar 136655 project and evaluatingrepparttar 136656 situation, can help you definerepparttar 136657 true objective. In addition, make sure thatrepparttar 136658 project will not void or compromise any existing warranties. Do you have a clear objective ofrepparttar 136659 project looking at it from an outside prospective?

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