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April 22, 2011 > Real Rooms For Real People: Decorating tips from "A" to "Z"

Real Rooms For Real People: Decorating tips from "A" to "Z"

A- Artwork: Be mindful of where you hang your art. Not too high, please-the middle of the artwork should be approximately 60-65" up from the floor.

B- Bedding: A well-dressed bed is composed of: a bed skirt, a comforter or coverlet, pillows with decorative pillow shams (put your sleeping pillows underneath), and several throw pillows. Don't forget the crisp, color-coordinated sheets and a throw at the end of the bed.

C- Candice Olsen: Watch her wonderful HGTV shows for incredible design inspiration.

D- Dishes: I love dishes and own several sets in a variety of colors. Make utilitarian items like dishes part of your decor. Mix and match them for a fun, eclectic look.

E- Enlist experts when decision-making gets confusing or overwhelming. That's what we are here for!

F- Furniture: Measure, measure, measure! Buy only what you need and make sure that new sofa will fit in your space!

G- Go Green: Going "green" is so much more than just buying bamboo floors-it is about reusing and repurposing, and also being mindful of the materials you put into your home. Where does it come from? What is it made of? Do your research and make good decisions.

H- Hardware finishes: Investigate the many options available for faucets, door and cabinet hardware. Examples: Nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, iron, polished chrome, and guess what-brass is coming back!

I- Inlay: For an interesting look in your entry, create a tile "area rug" surrounded by wood flooring. Or, in a large family room, inlay the carpeting within a hardwood border.

J- Junk: You can't have a nice home if it is filled with excess clutter and junk. Make it a priority to eliminate it.

K- Knobs: Update kitchen and bath cabinets with new knobs and pulls. This is a quick and easy way to change your whole look.

L- Lighting: Aim for layers of light for a designer look. Combine recessed cans, table lamps, and accent lighting to make your room cozy and beautiful.

M- Monochromatic color scheme: Create a peaceful elegant look in your space by using various tints, tones and shades of the same color.

N- Nail head trim: Nail heads provide much texture and interest to furnishings. I recently designed a headboard in navy blue leather with polished silver nail heads around the perimeter. Gorgeous!

O- Opposites: Use opposite colors and textures to create interest in a room. For example, combine metal with wood, and leather with fabric.

P- Pendant lights: We've all seen pendant lights above kitchen islands, but why not try them in other places? How about instead of bedside table lamps? Or in a bathroom on either side of the mirror?

Q- Quartz Counters: Available in a variety of colors, quartz is a fabulous solid-surface material for vanities, bars and kitchen counters.

R- Rearrange your furniture to give your rooms a different look and feel.

S- Shades: Roman shades, roller shades, honeycomb shades, screen shades, woven wood-there is a practical and beautiful solution for every window.

T- Textiles: Add warmth, color and interest by mixing textures and patterns. Use a variety of fabrics in your home in the form of pillows, draperies, and linens.

U- Upholstery: Revive an old piece of furniture by having it reupholstered.

V- Valances can add a beautiful finishing touch to almost any window. For a tailored look, try a mock-Roman valance. For a formal look, try swags and cascades.

W- Wallpaper: Back in a big way, today's wall coverings feature bold and dramatic colors and patterns. Use wallpaper in limited areas for maximum impact. For example: in a powder room or on the wall behind your bed.

X- "X-Pensive:" Home improvement projects can be very expensive; be prepared to pay for quality.

Y- Yellow: For a beautiful yellow paint for your walls, try "French Sonnet" or "Clean Canvas" by Kelly Moore.

Z- "Zzzzzz": Create a home that enables you to relax, rejuvenate and catch your Z's.

Anna Jacoby of Anna Jacoby Interiors is a local interior designer. Send your design questions to her at Call or fax her at 510-490-0379 or visit

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