for your home
Beautiful, matching accent
furniture can create visual
harmony in the home.
tion and other external factors will help narrow your choices. It’s best to seek professional
advice if you are confused about which option
is best for your home. There’s generally no
way around custom window treatments for
unusually tall windows or odd placements.
For all other windows, ready-made options
are the way to go. If you choose drapery, add
a semi-custom touch by having a professional
seamstress hem them and/or add special
trimmings that tie into your existing décor.
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How do I make a small
space appear bigger?
Think like a magician. Hang one mirror
across from a window to create the illusion of
added space. This not only visually enlarges
the space, but sunlight from the opposite window brightens the room. Make doors and trim
disappear by painting them the same color as
the wall. The continuity makes the space feel
larger and creates a seamless look. C
Erika Hollinshead Ward is an Atlanta-based interior designer and writer.
By Erika Hollinshead Ward
YOU MIGHT BE surprised to learn we have
more commonalities than differences when it
comes to decorating challenges. Here are five
common decorating dilemmas and the strategies you need to tackle them with confidence.
How do I choose a color
scheme for my home?
An accessory such as a rug, toss pillow or
artwork can provide a great jumping-off point
for your room design. Choose your favorite
accessory and examine the color story. An oil
painting, for example, may consist of five different colors. If all of the colors blend harmoniously on the palette, they will also work well
together in your home. Select individual colors and match them with the paint brand of
your choice. Consider adjusting the color
temperature to your liking by making colors
lighter or darker.
Where should I put my
Television placement is a matter of personal preference as well as space planning.
The ergonomically correct height for television watching is at eye level. If your television
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is in a large room, you can save yourself a bad
case of neck strain by placing your TV in a
media cabinet or console. This option also
allows you to create two distinct conversation
areas in one room: one for enjoying the
beauty of a roaring fire, the other for enjoying
a roaring crowd while watching the game. In
smaller rooms, mounting the television above
the fireplace may be the only option. To avoid
the experience of being too close to a movie
screen, install mounting hardware that has a
How should I place
furniture in a room?
When you begin to experiment with various furniture arrangements, achieving the
ideal placement can get a little tricky. First,
consider the traffic patterns of the room, points
of entry and exit. Then, decide on the room’s
focal point—is it the fireplace, a beautiful outdoor view or the television? Next, place your
main functioning pieces, followed by accent
furniture if the room can attractively accommodate more. Be cautious: Do not overcrowd
the space. In smaller spaces, furniture must
serve dual roles as both fashionable and, more
How can I save money on
The options are endless when it comes to
window coverings, and prices run the gamut;
however, window placement, frame construc-
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I THINK PEOPLE look for two qualities
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Each piece is strongly constructed from
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The pieces in the collection include
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