Room by Room

Great Room

It typically measures 20' x 15', but echoes immeasurable importance. Others will form lasting impressions about you from it. This reinvented living area decides the difference between "house" and "home." Welcome to the great room.

Considering you'll dine, entertain and kick up your feet there day after day ... of course, you'll want yours to be great. So great, it'll beckon guests in one glance to sit down, stay awhile and prompt them to say, What a nice place, when leaving. Well, rev up your creativity and throw on your interior decorator cap. We've got some can't-miss decorating tips to help you craft the room of your dreams.

Where Do I Start?
Seating
The Mantel
Compatible Colors
Lighting
Area Rugs
Wall Art
Table Frames
Decorative Pillows/Cushions


Where Do I Start?

Depends upon where, exactly, you are with decorating the room. Chances look good you're staring at an empty space. Begin by knowing your requirements, space constraints and items you already have. And determine the room's focal point. This could be the fireplace, window, doorway or determined simply by your taste. Once agreed on, consider the possible room "traffic." Is there ample space for flow? Too much clutter? Overall, get an early feel of how you want (and need) the room to look.

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Seating

How much do you need? Better yet, how much will the room afford?

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The Mantel

It's much more than a piece of wood atop the fireplace. This decor opportunity usually becomes a hey-look-at-me point in the room. Just note the following.

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Compatible Colors

Behold the most powerful decorating device! Just think:
Even one color can actually influence your room's entire atmosphere. For example, select that orange-striped couch and see what happens. Like amplified personality traits, colors can invoke, invite, intimidate or irritate. So choose wisely.

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Lighting

Versatile, warm, comforting, magical. The right lighting
animates your fabulous decorating and matches your room's mood to the occasion. Let us enlighten you.

Good to Know!
The first time you light a candle, cut the wick to 1/4" and allow it to burn until the liquid wax covers the entire top of the candle. This breaking-in process ensures that the candle will burn more evenly throughout its life. To gauge the proper burn time for candles of different sizes, use the following rule: 1 hour of burn time for each inch of candle width.

Floating candles accent settings from dinner parties to backyard picnics. Create an extra-special lighting effect by floating candles in a clear glass bowl. Use distilled water to eliminate mineral buildup on the sides of the bowl.

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Area Rugs

What other furnishing works such wonders by just lying
around? Indeed, rugs can coordinate, complement, enhance and set the tone for your great room. Do you want an uncluttered, clean look? Or how 'bout a room rich with patterns and textures? Carefully consider these helpful hints to select the rug meant for your home.

Good to Know!
Static electricity can lead to more than the occasional little shock. With more personal computers and electronic gadgets in homes than ever before, it can quickly become a serious problem. To remove static electricity from your carpets mix one part liquid fabric softener to five parts tap water in a spray bottle. Mist your carpets lightly and then let them dry. Repeat every couple of months. Running a humidifier may also help eliminate static shocks.

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Wall Art

From your double-beveled-matted print of the seacoast to his
"trophy" largemouth bass, wall art can add depth, creativity and focus to the room. (Maybe fish stories, too!) Below are a few tips to help sharpen that focus.

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Table Frames

Heralded for their natural charm, these photo-enhancers create instant elegance. And there are so many looks to choose from! Like timeless traditional, which often features ornate carved wood. Or contemporary, spotlighting the splendor of matte silver. You can easily decorate your frames in groups by similar size, shape or color. On the other hand, perhaps you'll go with a geometric style, surrounding a large frame with several small ones. Whatever way, the table's the limit!

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Decorative Pillows/Cushions

You notice instantly when a sofa or chair is clad with pillows. It cries oh, so cozy, especially in winter. You can capture this feeling easily with just a few plush pillows. The hard part is choosing between the wealth of colors, textures and styles!

Your great room is the heart of your home. A paradigm of possibilities, it reflects your creativity, style and personality - make it great!

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