Shopping at a Home Decor Store Can Be Fun

Decorating your home is surely fun and an exciting experience, but it can also be difficult and frustrating, especially if you did no prior planning. It becomes much easier to shop for home decor items if you know what you are looking for. Shopping at a home decor store can be a good place to start.

Though a home decor store can be an overwhelming place in terms of selection, if you know the theme and color schemes of the room you are shopping for you are likely to find what you are looking for with less time and effort spent. Your planning should include not only the list of items to purchase, but the design of the room and the spaces that you are looking to fill.

Take an inventory of the belongings you already have to determine what to keep and what to move to another room. Magazines and books can give you a good idea of what you like, and help you to determine your personal style before you begin. Take the pictures with you when you go to a home decor store, and talk to the associates to see if they offer what you are looking for. Remember that color is important, so consider your chosen palette as you shop at a home decor store.

It is a good idea to compare the price of an item that you like by shopping at multiple home decor stores. Head out for home decor stores that offer sales and bargains first of all. And don’t let the large selection take your focus away from the item you originally came in for. Instead, stick with your predetermined list to avoid ending up with a cluttered and mismatched room.

Online Home Decor Stores

Many people today simply don’t have time to go from store to store to find the perfect accessory. This is why online shopping can be extremely beneficial. You have all the items and prices from different home decor stores at your fingertips, so you can search 100 home decor stores instead of just the few that are in your neighborhood.

Consider shipping cost when choosing something from an online home decor store: a great online deal may turn to be not that great at all, if you add on the shipping charge. In this case, it is still less expensive to buy the item at a brick and mortar home decor store if the shipping costs are higher than the item itself. Look for coupons or savings from online sources to help offset the price of shipping.

Don’t forget to revise the return policy of the store before you decide to buy an item. Many retailers charge return fees for shipping and restocking if you send a purchase back to them. A candleholder that may look great in a picture may not be the right height or color once you get it home, so take measurements and do your research.

And most importantly, enjoy yourself while shopping in any home decor store – after all, you are doing it for your home sweet home!

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Home Decorating – Less is More

With the huge boom in interior designers and home decorating stores and businesses it is easy to feel unqualified to take on the decoration of your own home. The only thing is, people have been decorating their own homes for years, it isn’t until recently that we suddenly needed the help of interior designers and such to make our homes look like we want them to. You just need to know what you want and then think like an interior designer.

You first need to pick a space or a room that you are going to work on decorating. Only do one at a time, spreading your time over several rooms may lead you to become frustrated since the progress will seem very slow. Once you have your area choose a color that you like. If you are going with a bold or bright color it is better to make that an accent color rather than covering the entire wall. An entire room of bright red or deep purple can make the room hard to relax in since your eyes will constantly be trying to adjust to the extreme colors.

After the color, find yourself a theme. It doesn’t need to be anything crazy like cowboys or space ships, but decide if you want the items in the room to be modern or antique. Then head out and find a few items that fit into that theme. It is necessary that you don’t cram the room with figurines. Once you try to fit too many things in one room, whether it be too many colors or too much stuff or more than one theme the room just looks messy and unorganized all the time.

If you can’t come up with any ideas for what to put in your home, walk through a dollar store or craft store or simply search the web for interior decorating ideas.

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How to Get Your Husband Involved in Your Home Decorating

Let’s say you walk into the family room and your husband is sitting on the couch watching his favorite Sunday sports. You announce to him, “honey we need a new state-of-the-art flat screen television.” How fast do you think you’d be in the car on your way to Best Buy? Does a New York minute sound about right? Now let’s try another scenario same setting. “Honey, I think we need new drapes for the living room and while we are at it, we should get some accent pillows to match”. What do you think is response is going to be? Yep – dead silence. He’s thinking what’s in it for me? What’s this going to cost? The benefits of a new television are completely different than the benefits of new drapes. He’s thinking about how versatile and inexpensive sheets can be. What he doesn’t know is, it will cost less to buy the drapes than the flat screen, especially by shopping on the Internet, but he won’t get it. It’s not his passion. Don’t despair; you can get his support with the right approach.

We don’t like paying for stuff when we can’t figure out how the price was calculated. Everyone hates to overpay, but a man’s ego can be crushed if they get taken. Hiring a decorator can scare a guy more than the IRS. The decorating world has a tendency to be unaccountable. It’s difficult to compare pricing with private label fabrics and unknown labor rates and hourly fees. You don’t get to know the final price until the decorator has been in your home two or three times over a few weeks. They befriend you over the weeks, comment on your lovely children and become part of the “family”. When you get hit with the price, it can be a very uncomfortable situation with your new best friend – sorry I mean your decorator. As a husband, the last thing I want to hear is that “it seems expensive, but I really like her”.

You can go the retail route. I am sure your husband is dying to spend his weekends in home decor retail stores. Retail can mean a few visits to the store and visits by the retailer’s measuring people to your home. It can be very time consuming. You ever see those guys sitting on benches outside the stores? Yep, drape shopping.

Let’s face it; you are never going to make him passionate about drapes. The ridicule approach is not going to get it done. Comments about not being fully evolved and knuckle dragger won’t inspire a love for fabric and drapes. Don’t tell him how your friend’s husband was very involved when she decorated her home. You know where that’s going. So if you can’t criticize or bagger him into submission, what do you do? Here are some suggestions based on being a guy who believes the screen isn’t big enough or flat enough!

1. Be up front and tell him that you are going to do the drapes in the living room. Let him know you are 100% committed to looking at alternative ways to do this project. Your goal is to have beautiful drapes made without eating into his weekends and overpaying. Tell him that thousands of people are successfully using the Internet to decorate their homes and you are going to do all the initial research. However, you want his help to pick the right drape style and the right fabric. Let him know that all the pricing on the Internet is known right up front without any sales pressure. No scary end of job hourly time bills and no comments on how lovely your children are.

2. Start your Internet research. Do a Google search on “Custom Window Treatments” and check out the companies. Look at the drape styles. Narrow the choice down to two or three styles. Look at the fabrics you like and price out your drapes. Print out the detail with the prices and show them to your husband. Pick the right time. Don’t try to get his attention when the game is going into double overtime. Trust me, he will appreciate knowing the price up-front and in all likelihood start to embrace the process. Ask for his help in deciding on the drape style. Get his input on the fabrics you are considering.

3. There is a measuring component to the project. You should print out the measuring instructions. Get your husband’s help measuring. It is his chance to put on his tool belt and strut his handyman stuff. “Step aside Miss while I take care of this”. It’s okay to tell him that when it comes to measuring, he is second to none. Did I mention that we have huge egos and love to hear how great you think we are?

4. Look though the thousands of fabrics on-line. Narrow it down to your color, style and texture you prefer. Order free swatches. Don’t order too many, it just makes the process more confusing. Once the swatches arrive, immediately eliminate the ones that don’t work for you. Don’t show your husband any fabric you hate because that’s the one he’ll love. Work together to decide on the final choice. Don’t accept the “you make the choice” typical husband position. It’s better to get his opinion now rather than when the drapes arrive. Believe it or not, sometimes men can be a little insensitive. He could walk in the room when the drapes arrive and say something completely manly and insulting like “at least the measuring is right”. If you carefully engage your husband in this process, just for a second, imagine if he picks a fabric you love and you can say, “Wow, you have great taste, that’s the exact one I was leaning towards”. We are talking dinner date with that kind of talk.

So imagine, your husband being completely supportive and involved in the process. He didn’t have to deal with a decorator and the unknown. He didn’t have to spend his weekends in a retail home decor store. You both completed a great project together and you saved a lot of time and money in the process.

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Top 10 Must Have Home Decor

Home decoration concept is revolutionizing! The beauty of home may be accentuated with pretty add-ons. Your preferences plays vital role in choosing home decorator collection for your house, the practical approach is always to look out for the living space available and how you would like to make use of it. Space in your home should need to be taken into account while selecting décor. Use the available space wisely and creatively…With a modest amount of creative imagination and novelty it is possible to completely change the look and feel of your house. Just a little deviation from common colorings and textured walls bring amazing changes to interiors. This could also allow you to show off your spirits geared up to any special occasion.

As soon as you’ve selected a design and style, home decorating stores, traditional outlets or local flea markets will be a fantastic starting point for home decoration items. Home decoration stores are flooded with variety of high end house hold goods. With the ease of internet, everything you need to do is to browse through a number of products offered and pick one which suits your needs. In the following paragraphs we will discover the top ten home decor:

1. Photoframes – Everyone wants to keep their most memorable moment’s picture clicked and adorned in a beautiful picture frame. Hunt for exclusive photo frames with beveled glass, unconventional patterns, or clay fruity one for kid’s room.

2. Flower vase – This can be very important part of your drawing room or living room or even terracotta vase for the garden.

3. Wall clocks – Wall clocks do more than telling time to your décor. Pendulum clock and Cuckoo watches gives antique feel to the room.

4. Wall hangings – Wide range of wall hangings, made of natural fiber- jute; rugs or wall carpets to quilts to tapestry wall hangings and wooden quotation planks.

5. Metal figurines – Brass or white metal idols of gods, statue of Venus too are nice decorative items.

6. Religious symbols – Spiritual symbols owe due reverence. Om and Swastik are the common hangings.

7. Decorative mirrors – Jumbo mughal painting mirror gives traditional Indian touch to your dressing room.

8. Lighting fixtures – Lights are vital in decoration. It may hide flaws or highlight them if not used aesthetically.

9. Carpet and Rugs – Colorful silk wall carpets or a neutral color rug increase the beauty of wall.

10. Furnishings – Furniture need not necessarily be of wood…Against this trend now get a wrought iron, pipe, cane furniture to save space.

Many home decorating stores or home décor boutiques have mushroomed across the country and qualified interior decorator there readily assist you in turning your abode into a godly place. They understand mechanics of designing, thus are of great help.

Many retail stores have gone online; their round the customer helpline will be available any time of the day. Online shopping lets you browse the every detail of the product and then compare prices on other websites too before buying. Look out for bargains and save some bucks…on home decor stores online.

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Finding A Great Home Decor Store

Jen and I have been to home decor store after home decor store looking for something unique. Wherever we go it’s the same accessories, the same furniture just dressed up a different way. No character, no style, no real identity. How can you as a consumer avoid the trap of the cookie cutter home decor emporium?

1) Stay away from the mall! Mall rents are a bit higher, so the chains can buy space but the average small business person is usually left on the outside looking in.

2) Bigger is not always better. If you want your home to look like everyone else’s, go to a big store and buy what everyone else is buying. The only exception to the big store rule is Hobby Lobby, in my opinion, they bring unique items in all the time and the prices are unbeatable.

3) Look downtown and not just in the big city. Our smaller towns and villages are great sources for little hole in the wall home decor stores. Take a place like McKinney, TX, for example. McKinney’s downtown square is an awesome source of home decor and specialty stores. Lee’s Summit, MO is another fine example of a downtown square with several decor stores.

4) Don’t be afraid to travel a little. Grab a couple friends, jump in the SUV and make a day trip of it. Nell Hills in Atchison, KS is one of the premier home decor destinations in the Great Plains. 95% of their customers come from over 50 miles away. If you’re in St. Louis, Kansas City, Omaha, Sioux Falls, Wichita, Lincoln, or Des Moines, consider a day trip to Nell Hills.

You are definitely not doomed to a life of bland, copy-cat, flavor of the moment home decor. Follow these rules and you will find those diamonds in the rough and open a whole new world of possibilities.

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