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Using Prints and Patterns - The More The Merrier!

DecoratingWell, almost! In years past, using more than one print in a room was considered taboo but not anymore!

In today's free wheeling world of decorating, mixing prints and patterns is more the rule than the exception. In many traditional rooms, a single print is still used lavishly, for upholstery, drapery and even as a wall cover. But today's fashion conscious homeowners want to mix and scramble both patterns and colors with a truly uninhibited hand.

If this approach is a new one for you, we will start with a very simple pattern perhaps in a single color, with a white or ecru background. It's easy to add additional patterns by keeping to the same color scheme. We can consider combining a large scale floral print with a plaid, stripe or check! An instantaneous decorator look will appear. Or how about adding a paisley pattern, perennially popular, with a simple geometric pattern? We can find them all in our fabulous Tapestria collection.

The thing to remember is that there must be some relationship in color, pattern or theme between our desired prints. Naturally the color relationship is the easiest to establish! A general rule of thumb is to follow The 60-30-10 rule: Our main pattern will be used the most (60); our secondary pattern half as much(30); and our third (10), or splash pattern is used sparingly.

I suggest that when we find a print you absolutely love, you should consider using it on the flattest surface possible... perhaps as a bedspread, or sofa upholstery. If this print is gathered into a window treatment, you'll tend to diffuse the design that attracted you in the first place! By all means, have fun when you play with prints and patterns. Look in magazines, read books, collect swatches. Your new room will be much easier to design than you think!

Decorating WindowsHas Your Window Been

Windows can and should be the focal point of your room. But before deciding on your own special treatment, consider the room's size. You'll want to be sure your new design is in scale with the entire room. In a large room with small windows, the treatment should extend beyond the window, perhaps even cover the entire wall to make it proportionate to the room.

Conversely, in a small room, keep your treatment simple in style to make your room seem even larger. Follow these guides for decorating success, and you're certain to have a lovely room!

decorative lightingLet There Be Light!

By nature, lighting serves two purposes in your home: functional and decorative. Successfully lighting your home calls for the correct balance of general light, task lighting and decorative lighting. When planning for the functional needs of your room, consider the activities that typically take place in your room.

There are three basic types of color in light: warm, white and cool.

Warm light
tends to soften or outline your room. If your walls are painted in a warm color, then warm light would flatter your room's overall color tone. Incandescent bulbs tend to help you obtain a warmer color tone in your room.
White light
shows colors at their truest. Most white light bulbs actually tend to cast your room in a slightly warm light as well. Halogen bulbs give you the brightest of white light.
Cool light
can add a sense of open space and dignity to your plan. Fluorescent bulbs will give you the cool look you desire. When properly used, it makes the walls and furnishings of your room appear more distant, and enhances objects more distinctly.

Window TreatmentsWindow Treatments =
Beauty Treatments!

Nothing can add more beauty and drama to your room than beautifully designed window treatments. If you need to create a focal point in your room, a creatively designed window treatment is the answer. Windows are truly a decorating opportunity for setting your room's mood and style!

Whether your choose to make your windows a focal point or a subtle yet dramatic background, remember that each window in your home serves a functional purpose. Privacy is key to a window treatment's design, as well as providing light and air.

The simplest of treatments, and a very popular trend, are sheer draperies. Sheers give your window a soft glow by filtering light into your room. Today's sheers come in hundreds of designs and patterns... from prints to tone on tones... even washed silks. You'll be able to add beauty and grace to your home by incorporating them into your window treatment design.

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