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Seven DOs and DON'Ts in Decorating Your Home Quiz

Designing your home requires more than a keen eye. What may look amazing in a showroom may not necessarily look great in your home.

  1. Do you paint the whole house and then furnish it?

A. DON’T paint the whole house first

B. DO paint the walls first, then match everything else

Answer: A

Paint is the least expensive choice and the most flexible. Decide on the large items first, such as a rug or sofa, and pull a color from those items to paint your walls.

DO choose lighting, fabrics and finishes carefully.

Since people perceive color differently based on lighting and surrounding colors

in the room, choose the fabrics and finishes and decide what type of lighting you

will use.

2. Do you save money by buying a small rug for a room?

A.DON’T save money by buying a rug that is too small for the room

B. DO buy the smallest rug that will fit in the room

Answer: B

A rug defines and anchors a space. Small rugs feel disproportionate to the rest

of the room

DO pay attention to scale and proportion

Incorrect scale for the size of the room is the most common mistake people

make. Imagine a sofa that looks perfect at the furniture store but appears too

large when you bring it home. This overwhelming piece of furniture will make the

room feel uncomfortably small.

3. Should everything in the room exactly match?

A.DON’T match match and match

B. DO match every fabric and color

Answer: A

Precisely matching everything in the room may appear safe and ho-hum.

The room may look like it came straight from a set, but that is no longer the trend.

DO coordinate colors

A room is much more interesting when colors coordinate and flow just as they do

in nature. Look at a tree and see how many shades of green you see- especially

when the light hits the leaves differently. Though, the combination of colors

must make sense and not clash.

4. Should all the finishes match?

A. DON’T repeat the same finishes in every part of the room

B. DO mix it up

Answer: B

Metallics, woods and other finishes all add variety and create interest.

By contrast, if everything looks the same, you may end up with a very dull room.

DO mix and match metals with light fixtures, accessories and small tables

Consider getting creative. Unique furnishings add texture to a room

5. Should everything in the room stand out?

A.DON’T make every piece in the room important

B. DO have a focal point

Answer: B

The different pieces of furniture have to balance and complement one another. If

you have a unique item that you want to highlight,surround it with understated

furnishings. It will stand out better.

DO add a focal point in a room if possible.

Let your carefully planned space guide your guests’ attention.

6. Should walls be left unadorned?

A.DON’T leave a room bare

B.DO add accessories to create interest.

Answer: B

Even a furnished room may appear cold if there is nothing on the walls.

Let your room reflect your personal style.

DO add personal touches and accessorize.

. Add warmth and character with items that are personal and important to you.

Make a space look unique and tailored just for you.

7. Should you make everything in the room neutral?

A.DON’T have everything in the room in the same color hue

B.DO work in one color scheme add some texture for variety and interest.

Answer: B

DO enjoy flexibility within one color scheme by adding texture and shading.

Notice a theme here? Think variety and personal style.

Consider the similarities among all these DOs and DON’Ts. A well designed space is

a mix of creativity, flexibility, warmth, flow and other synergistic aesthetics. For a

design that reflects your vision and your personality, contact us today.

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