How To: Decorate your home like a pro

Decorate your home like a pro

Redecorating your home can seem like an overwhelming task but it doesn't have to be. You don't need a professional as long as take into consideration the key elements such as your budget, the style you want and a color pattern.

Decorating your home with the flair of a professional doesn't need to be complicated or expensive if you follow these tips.

You Will Need

* Budget
* Decorating magazines and catalogs
* Internet access
* List of essentials
* Sketch
* Flea markets and garage sales (optional)

Step 1: Set a decorating budget

Set a reasonable budget based on the size of the project and the amount you can actually afford to spend.

Step 2: Look at decorating magazines and catalogs

Look through interior decorating magazines or online catalogs for ideas and decorating tips. Cut out or print pictures of ideas you like and make a file.

Bring pictures when you shop. Pictures can go a lot further toward describing a look you want.

Step 3: Determine a color scheme

Determine a color scheme. Study color schemes to determine the feelings they evoke, and the effect they have on the sense of a room's proportion.

Step 4: Make a list

Make a list of items to purchase, staying within the budget.

You can find bargains at flea markets and garage sales – someone else's junk can be your treasure.

Step 5: Draw a sketch

Sketch out a few different layout ideas. Be playful with furniture layout and art arrangement until you find what works for you.

Step 6: Make it your own

Trust your instincts, and use decorating as an opportunity to showcase your personal style.

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