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Your home is your haven from the world, and you want to make it your own little niche in which to live comfortably and reflect who you are. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to spruce up the interior of your home. A little paint goes a long way in changing the look and feel of a room. Pillows can add color and comfort, and a few family pictures will make your house a home. If you want to add personality to your décor, go to flea markets and garage sales and look for antique or “retro” furniture, or even better, check out your parent’s or grandparent’s attic or garage. Many chain stores carry great bedding and accessories for a reasonable cost. Don’t be afraid to experiment with color and texture. Make your home a part of you.

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Sponge Painting
Sponge painting usually involves 2 colors, one is your base coat, which may be your existing wall color. Note: Your existing wall color may be used as a base only if it has an eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss sheen.
Choosing A Color
The decorating trend has moved away from all white walls to adding color to our homes. Color is a great idea, but it’s not always easy to choose. You can bring paint chips home, but take it from me; even that does not always ensure you have chosen the correct color.
Faux Painting Technique
Faux painting is a relatively easy technique you can do yourself.  It uses a base coat with glaze colors applied over it. Your base coat may be your existing wall color, or you may choose to apply a new base coat.
Stripping Furniture
Stripping product can be flammable. Avoid methylene chloride if you are pregnant, or have heart or lung problems. Use a water-base stripper if possible.

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Interior Design Don'ts
Rules are made to be broken but keep these simple tips in mind when designing your room.

1. Don't paint first and try to match your fabric later.
2. Don't line up your furniture along the walls.
3. Don't paint anything without sampling it first.
4. Don't try and be someone you are not, stick with your own unique style.
5. Stay away from "trendy" colors and items.
6. Don't always use your favorite color as your background.
7. Don't spend your entire budget on one or two expensive items.
8. Don't ignore the mood of a color scheme.
9. Don't over do it, the simpler the better.
10. Don't be afraid to take a chance on something out of the ordinary.