Decorating trends moving toward darker wall colors

When Delores Dalke of Hillsboro began selling real estate in the 1970s, the trend in home decorating was to have colorful walls. But, by the 1990s, conventional wisdom changed to say that walls should be light and neutral in color, at least if you were going to sell the home.

The idea was that if a room’s walls were a neutral color, the owners could decorate it and accent it as they wanted. The truth, though, was that most people decorated with neutral furniture, as well.

In recent years, decorating ideas have changed again. Dark and rusty reds, gold, and dark browns have become popular colors.

Written By ADAM STEWART

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Decorating tips to help you stay cool

Summer slipcovers and straw rugs. Ah, doesn’t that sound nice? So simple. So cool. So summery. That’s the chapter title from the late interior designer Mark Hampton’s celebrated decorating book, in which he also mentions bamboo blinds, bare floors, white flowers, muslin fabrics and green and white striped awnings.

Certain items in our decor look or feel cool on hot summer days. I thought of this while jingling the ice cubes in my near-empty glass of iced tea the other day, watching the cat stretched out on the glass-topped coffee table. Nearby, in the hallway, the dog was napping on the ceramic floor by the front door, possibly dreaming about a refreshing swim in the lake.

Wait, that would be a nightmare for him. He doesn’t like the water.

Written By  Susan Martin

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Tips for decorating walls in college dorms

Daytona Beach News-Journal –

If your walls could talk, what would they say? Mine would scream and ask for a towel, because they’re naked.

There is a never-ending list of possibilities when it comes to wall decor, but that list seems to shrink automatically when the walls belong to a dorm or rented space.

When I stepped into my college dorm, I was greeted by four white walls. I was excited to be there and was full of ideas for the room, but over time I felt like the bare walls were closing in on me.

Written By Anyssa Roberts Lexington Herald Leader

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Dormify: Working with college girls to sell style

WASHINGTON — Advertising executive Karen Zuckerman has assembled a small army of college women across the country to spread the word about her ambitious Rockville, Md.-based dorm-decorating company.

Aptly called Dormify, the start-up – funded with $2 million from a dozen investors and Zuckerman herself – is going head to head with big brands like Pottery Barn, Target and Bed Bath & Beyond as it tries to capture a slice of the collegiate-spending market.

Written By Thomas Heath Washington Post

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Teen decorating ideas: Cheap and easy teenager bedroom decorating ideas

Make your own window treatments, storage bins, find cheap decorative items, homemade posters, and find cheap wall treatments perfect for everchanging teen rooms.

The teen years are a time of self-discovery, and so of course there is an undeniable need for self-expression. You want your room to represent YOU. Having a cool bedroom that reflects you is easy and it isn’t necessary to go out and spend lots of money. You’ll find a lot of what you need around the house. And not spending much means you can redecorate more often. After all, before long you may want something totally different.

Written By  Tele management

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12 Ideas for Decorating with a Colorful Sofa

I recently purchased a teal sofa (after waffling between teal and pink for a bit) and many readers commented that it was too bright, too tricky to decorate around. Color on such a big piece doesn’t have to be overwhelming though! It all depends on what else you put with it. I’ve gathered some inspiration for decorating with colorful furnishings — you know, so we can discuss.

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Written By NICOLE BALCH

Interior design: Easy home decorating touches you can do in a weekend

Chic, clean and effortlessly yours in a weekend, with easy home decorating ideas.

You just bought your dream house. Now all you need to do is make it yours – chic, clean and effortlessly yours in a weekend. Here are the top decorating touches you can do to make your new home all yours, fast.

Written By  Tele management

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Beer Can House in Houston, Owner John Milkovisch started decorating with cans in early 70’s

HOUSTON (AP) — A child of the Great Depression, John Milkovisch didn’t throw anything away – not even the empty cans of beer he enjoyed each afternoon with his wife.

So, in the early 1970s when aluminum siding on houses was all the rage, he lugged down the cans he had stored in his attic for years, painstakingly cut open and flattened each one and began to wallpaper his home.

Written By Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press

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The Best of the Best: 5 Essential Home Decorating Ideas for the Discriminating Shopper

When it comes to the interior of your home, nothing speaks more beautifully than décor featuring bold, exciting accent pieces and rich fabrics suited to your personal style. For discriminating shoppers, it takes more than the average piece of furniture to transform a room.

Directly from House Beautiful 101 Decorating Ideas, here are my top 5 picks for making the most of any room – from shabby chic to modern elegance, these décor ideas are essential to creating beauty inside your home.

Written By Symphony Moussighi, Symphony Home Decor & Design

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10 Questions: Decorating secrets from The N&O Design Team

Design philosophy in 15 words: Adding color and texture to a space enriches our experience and deepens our enjoyment of it.

Best decor bargain you’ve ever scored: Ben’s Bargain Barn (in Raleigh and Morrisville) once had a very nice wood and glass sideboard that was simply missing its pulls and knobs. Under $100 and an easy fix!

Your most important, no-fail decorating tip: Plants for the triple win! They soften hard design lines, add another accent color, and simultaneously clean the air.

Written By Kat Woods

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