Many people move in to a home but fail to get it set up the way they’d like it until they’re ready to move again. Don’t make that mistake! If you’re feeling lost about where to start with your home-decorating project, we here at Windows & More in the Lake Ozark area have a few suggestions for how to get going, including the following:
1. Start From the Bottom Up
If each room has a different type and colors of flooring, your house probably seems very chopped up and busy. Decide whether you want hardwood, laminate, tile, or carpeting. Then decide on color and texture. Keep in mind that flooring is expensive, and if it can’t be done all at once, keep the color similar at least throughout the downstairs area. Hardwood is usually the best way to go because it doesn’t show wear and tear like carpeting, and most people can get large area rugs to warm it up.
2. Move to the Walls
Using paint for color is the least expensive area of design. Plus, it can be changed fairly frequently if you want. We suggest that you make the hall a neutral color and the rooms that can be seen from the front door complementary colors. In the back or upstairs of your home, you can be a little more creative with the color. Remember that every paint manufacturer has a good/better/best line of paint. Buying the better paint may cost more but, in the long run, it will cut down on your labor. One good coat is a lot less expensive than multiple bad coats.
3. Next the Furniture
It is nice when your furniture is in scale with the size of the room. For example, keep large sectionals in large rooms and loveseats in smaller rooms. Be sure to keep the print on the furniture also in scale. A large floral print on a small loveseat is not a good match. Don’t forget that you can blend your woods—it makes for an interesting look.
4. Finally, the Windows
Window treatments add beauty, provide privacy, control light, and offer UV protection for your home furnishings. They can add color if you want them to be a focal point, or they can be neutral, to go with any décor. Consider whether your window treatments need to deflect or diffuse light. Deflected light is hard to look at and will create shadows. Plantation shutters and vertical and horizontal blinds will deflect light. Diffused light is much softer. Roman Shades are a great option for diffusing light. There are also some treatments that will both diffuse and deflect light, including Hunter Douglas Silhouette® window shading and Hunter Douglas Duette® honeycomb shades.
Home Decorating in the Lake Ozark MO Area
Windows & More proudly serves Lake Ozark, Osage Beach & Camden, Miller & Morgan counties, with a showroom in Osage Beach. Contact us for a window treatment consultation!