Midday Fix: Spring decorating ideas

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Tam Vidulich

Keep Color in Mind:
When making any changes or updates to a furnished room, take your existing color scheme into account and choose an accent color to play up. If you’re starting from scratch, select a color scheme and one piece of furniture to build around.

Materials Matter:
Whether you’re buying an area rug, a throw blanket or paint for your walls, pay close attention to the quality of the materials. Natural fibers like wool, sisal and bamboo are resilient and easy to maintain for textiles.

Size it Up:
Before implementing changes in a room, do your best to create a template to help visualize what it will look like. For a carpet, create a template by combining recycled newspaper or fabric remnants on the floor in lieu of the rug to help you determine the shape and size you’ll need. For paint, stock up on paint swatches or sample colors on portions of the wall before you buy enough for the whole room.

Be Prepared:
Whenever you go shopping for new home accents, don’t leave home without fabric samples, paint chips or color swatches to help you make informed purchasing decisions.

Room to Breathe:
When choosing a rug for under a dining table, the rug should be approximately three feet beyond the edge of the table to allow for chair movement.

Add Some Color:
If you don’t want to hassle with painting your entire room, add some fresh color to one wall.

Spring for Simple and Inexpensive Home Accessories:
Bright colored/patterned throw pillows, throw blankets, several unique kinds of houseplants, ceramic/pottery by local artists.

Tam’s Carpets
Two Fish Gallery
4423 N. Ravenswood

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