The Survivor’s Nest – Five Tips to Get You Started Decorating Your Space

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Yesterday, I was the featured survivor on TalkAboutHealth. The questions I got were thoughtful and compelling. One of the questions was about decorating, so I thought I would share it and my answer here today:

Question: I’m not much of a decorator. Would you share some ideas on how to get started decorating my living space?

Answer: I started The Survivor’s Nest series at WhereWeGoNow because, although many people think they can’t decorate, we all deserve a soft place to land at the end of the day. You’d be surprised what you can accomplish with just a few simple steps:

1. The first place to start is not your home. It’s the magazine rack. Pore over the pictures in shelter magazines and notice what you respond to – positively as well as negatively. By noticing what you like and dislike, you’re learning what kind of space you want to create in your own home. If you find pictures you really like, buy the magazine. Those pictures can become guides for creating a look in your home that speaks to you.

2. Go home and look around. If all you see is clutter, you need to work on that first. By paring down and keeping only what is functional, sentimental and/or beautiful, you’re on your way to creating a space that is personal and comforting.

3. If you need to buy furniture, think in terms of classic shapes and neutral colors. You may love chartreuse as a color (I certainly do), but use it as an accent. There’s nothing worse than trying to force the rest of the room to coexist with a busy, large patterned upholstered sofa. It makes all of your other decisions extremely difficult. I’ve also seen too many people fall out of love with a sofa they thought they loved because it was just too hard to live with in their home.

4.  Paint gives you amazing bang for the buck. It brings warmth and cohesiveness to the entire space. Again, choose neutral colors for most rooms, especially larger, public spaces. You can go a bit crazier in a small powder room, if you like. Remember your paint color should complement, not overpower, your rooms.
5.  Pull together your collections, art, souvenirs, photographs, books and other objects to make your space personal. We all have stories and your home is the place to tell them.Hope that helps you get started. Remember your nest should be a refuge and a place to heal your spirit.

I really enjoyed answering questions yesterday at TalkAboutHealth. If you have any decorating questions of your own, let me know what’s on your mind and I’ll be happy to do my best to give you an answer.

Survival > Existence,

Debbie

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