How to Find Decorating Ideas and Pictures in No Time

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How to Find Decorating Ideas and Pictures in No Time

Staff Writer · Dec 10, 2009

Need a couple of decorating ideas and pictures to jumpstart your home makeover? There are several ways to get great ideas and pictures to not only inspire you, but to make decorating easier. With some time online, in store and by flipping through a few magazines, you’ll be able to spark your own creativity and start decorating in no time. Here are a couple of places that you can look to find decorating ideas:

Check out Home Magazines

You can get several ideas from magazines. The first thing you should do is determine your decorating style as you’ll be able to focus on specific magazines. For example, if your decorating style is modern and minimal, try home magazines like Dwell or Metropolitan Living. These types of home magazines will also give you retailer locations and names so you can purchase featured items. From one magazine, you can get multiple ideas as they usually feature several types of rooms and styles within their respective category. Also pay attention to the cover story as many home magazines do makeover stories or focus on a specific room. From here, you can create a folder of tear sheets for each area of your home.

Gather Store Catalogs

Another way to get fresh ideas is to go to your favorite home stores and pick up their catalog. Many home catalogs create a replica of a room to feature a majority of their items. Popular catalogs include Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel and West Elm. These types of stores also specialize in decorative accessories that are affordable ways to transform a room so be sure to pay attention to the details in these photos. Now, if you’re also looking to organize your home, pick up a catalog from a home organizing store like The Container Store. They have multiple catalogs depending on which type of room you would like to organize. These stores also have online sites, but you may get a better feel for a room if you can walk through it and see how it is set up.

Visit Hardware Stores

Hardware stores can give you a lot of great ideas and open you up to knew ways of thinking about a project. At the paint department, you can pick up a variety of swatches and learn about paint types and application tips. Many paint companies also have take-home catalogs featuring their paints for reference and inspiration. Hardware stores also carry accessories and extras that can spruce up parts of your room. For example, you can find different types of door knobs and shelves that can turn an ordinary piece of furniture into something unique and different.

These are several ways to get decorating ideas for all your rooms in no time. Once you start gathering photos and seeing real examples of different ideas and options, your decorating adventure will be much easier. Be sure to take some time by flipping through magazines and in stores to get examples of what you can do in your home.

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