Guest Author - Donna Coogan
If you are trying to figure out your decorating style or how to transform your own home, there are lots of opportunities through television to help you along the way. Consider the following ideas.
Home and Garden Television (HGTV)
HGTV offers decorating shows on almost every topic that you can imagine. The shows themselves are typically fast paced, but if you have 30 minutes to spare for your favorite, itís a quick way to get lots of decorating tips. Youíll find topics like faux painting, choosing color, picking out fabrics, painting furniture or creating innovative wall art. The best part is that the ideas shared are easily adaptable to most decorating budgets.
HGTV typically supplies professional carpenters and seamstresses for many of their projects and hiring similar tradespeople might be out of your budget. But, if you are a do-it-yourselfer with a can-do attitude, there's enough inspiration to get you started on transforming your own space.
Favorite TV Shows
Next time you are watching your favorite t.v. shows, check out the background of the rooms. If you are into decorating, you probably already do this. But, if not, begin to take note of what draws your eye. Do you respond to sets that showcase comfortable, casual decor or to something more upscale and glamorous? What decorating elements jump out at you? Is it a particular window treatment or color scheme? Often programs like Desperate Housewives provide the opportunity to peek into the homes of their varied characters and see their differing decorating styles. Use such shows to gain insight into your preferences.
Like television, movies also provide us with many decorating styles. Interiors like the wonderful beach house in Somethingís Gotta Give starring Diane Keaton may be something you want to copy on a smaller scale. The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, is another movie that portrays distinctive decorating styles. Here you have an adorable English cottage and a fabulous contemporary home in Beverly Hills that you canít help but compare when you watch the movie. Does either one speak to your decorating senses?
When watching your favorite programming for decorating ideas, keep a record of what you like or don't like. Learning about your preferences will make it easier to determine your own decorating style. Once you know your style, you can begin transforming your home into the place you've always desired.