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Parents who have more than one boy are often faced with having to decorate a shared room. This can be quite a challenge if your boys are a few years apart and have separate interests. The idea is to create a space that each child will be comfortable in and enjoy.

Boys often have an interest in popular toys for their age group such as Lego’s, Pokémon, and many others. But when boys of different ages share a room the older one may feel that the things the younger child is interested in are “uncool” or “babyish”. This leads parents to despair of finding a happy medium.  There are several ways to decorate a shared boy’s room that will please both boys and the parents.

  1. Sure the boys have to share a room, but it is quite possible to turn it into what seems like two separate rooms.  Leave the door area open but place a room divider in and let each child choose the decoration for his side of the room.
  2. Create a camping room. Bunk beds with the lower bed draped to appear like a tent, with outdoorsy decorations including a forest style mural wall panel and lots of pictures of animals and outdoor scenes will complete the theme. This eliminates arguments over colors and themes or childish décor.
  3. Basic color schemes such as the basic crayola colors- red, blue, green and yellow will make almost any boy happy.  Different colors on each wall with a large shape in a different color on each one will provide an interesting view and will provide the boys with an all “boy” room without choosing a specific theme based on toys or games that they may not agree on.

These 3 ideas for decorating a shared boy’s room are just the beginning. There are many ideas you should be able to come up with to make both of your boys happy even though they have to share a room. Use your imagination and what you know of your children to be able to find the perfect décor for your boys shared room.

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”I like to think my small size is my point of difference,” he said after his $75,000 wins.

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via Two small wins for art.

Often times people discover a renewed interest in decorating and improving their homes in the spring. Winter can lead to a lack of decorating, or just spending so much time indoors that you tire of your décor and begin dreaming of ways to lighten and brighten your mood through. Brightening your home is a sure way to make sure that your home feels as light and welcoming as you do. Even if you have to be somewhat frugal you can still brighten your home with these simple decorating ideas. Many of these ideas can be completed for less than 50 dollars.

Paint- Your home will look fresh and new with a bright summery color on the walls. Even painting kitchen cabinets can give the whole room a face lift. Tables and chairs can often be painted to change the entire feel of a room.

Trim Additions- A wallpaper border or stenciled border or flowers or beach scenes can turn a room into a bright and seasonally friendly place.

Plants- Houseplants are not only healthy to have around they also make the house seem bright and airy. Adding a few houseplants can provide a tropical atmosphere and a homey feel to any room.

Curtains- Light, and light colored window treatments let in sunlight and give any room an open airy feel that is bright and friendly feeling.

When the winter doldrums are ready to be swept out the door as spring sets in; you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to brighten up your home to match your springtime mood.  All it takes is a bit of time and some “bright” ideas.

As the weather warms and spring moves in there are several things you can do to make your deck area pretty and fun for spring. Spring is a season of renewal, trees are budding, and green plants are emerging so many people begin spending a lot of time outdoors enjoying their deck areas in the spring.

Hanging baskets provide a great deal of color and make a deck inviting and attractive from spring all the way through until the fall.

Deck furniture comes out of storage in the spring; lovely white and wicker furniture with big cushions create cozy and comfortable areas to relax on your deck.  If you don’t already own deck furniture now is the time to invest in a nice patio table and chairs with a bright sun umbrella.

Cleaning is always a good idea to prepare your deck for spring activities. Power washing and sweeping will remove all the leaves and branches that may have landed on your deck through the winter.

Many people choose to have a theme for their deck area, whether you like a nautical theme, seaside cottage style or a southwestern motif you can find many outdoor decorations to provide the perfect ambience for your spring deck.  As the season progresses you can add to the deck décor to create a comfortable and welcoming area to enjoy being outdoors and spend time with your family.

While decorating your deck is a fun idea, it does take a bit of planning and preparation when it comes to color schemes, décor style and even the plants that you want in your hanging baskets.

Symmetry is the key to bedroom decorating if you want to achieve the best results. Color patterns and size is very important but without symmetry, it won’t have the visual effect that you’re trying to achieve. Basically, you’re trying to create a balance in the bedroom that makes it more inviting and comfortable.

Some of the ways to create symmetrical order in your bedroom include having matching light fixtures on opposite sides of the room or matching dressers. If you have a nightstand on one side of your bed, there should be one on the other side. Matching lamps and similar items should all be placed on opposite sides of the area with a large art piece on the wall in-between them to create balance.

If you have an odd shaped room using color and patterns in the right places can make the room appear more symmetrical than it is. This can be done by using odd shaped art pieces or by linking together different size items that have the same textures and colors.

Your bed is usually the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom and it can be used as the focal point from which all other décor radiates out from and this creates symmetry. It can also be achieved by using rugs as the focal point in the room. It’s important to not add too much decor and don’t clutter up the bedroom with a lot of small items you don’t really need. This creates confusion and a sense of disorganization.

Creating symmetry in the bedroom will give it a nice relaxing feel where you can be comfortable and rest peacefully. There are many different ways to achieve this look while allowing your creativity to shine through. Have fun and experiment a little until you get the results you’re searching for.

When it comes to home décor, achieving proportion is important. Most home owners match pieces by pattern, color and shape. However, they tend to forget about proportion and balance and just how important it is when it comes to decor. The items that you buy need to be in proportion with the size of the area where they will be placed.

As a general rule, the larger the room or wall, the larger the pieces should be to keep everything in the room balanced correctly. There are three ways to use proportion and balance in your décor. The one you use will depend on the type of décor you have and on your own personal preference.

Symmetrical  balance uses identical objects to create balance to both sides of the wall or room. For instance, if you have a large window in your family room and there is a recliner on one side of the window, there should be a recliner on the other side of it. Simply put, whatever is placed on one side of a wall or room should be identical to the other side.

Asymmetrical  balanced is achieved by placing items of similar size on opposite sides of the room but they don’t have to be the exact same thing. You are creating balance by using items that have the same visual effect. Radial balance is not as well-known as the other two and it involves placing a large item in the center of several small items. The large piece will be the focal point and the smaller pieces will radiate outward.

Before you buy furniture or wall art measure the space where it will be placed. This will give you an idea of what size would fit the best and it will help prevent you from buying items that don’t fit. You will also need to choose between several small pieces or one large piece based on the size of the room or wall you will be decoration.

Avoid placing small objects in large spaces and vice versa because this makes the room look awkward and things look out of place. Don’t cover every area in the room because this can make things look crowded and it can be too overpowering. As a result, the room may feel uncomfortable and disorganized. By keeping the décor in your home proportioned correctly, you’ll give it a sense of balance and it will be more inviting.

Decorating your garden is fun and exciting. There are so many different options available giving you the opportunity to let go and allow your creativity to show through. It’s an extension of your own personality because it’s a direct reflection on how you see things and what type of items you enjoy being around. You can decorate your garden anyway you want but there are a few things that you can do to get the most from your décor.

Garden décor tips and suggestions:

  • Create a Theme – Everything in your garden doesn’t have to match but having some type of theme will make your décor look more consistent and neat. Having a bunch of items that don’t have anything at all in common can look messy and out of place.
  • Don’t Go Overboard – If you get carried away and add too many items to your garden it will be cluttered and disorganized.
  • Create a Flow – Creating a flow in your garden will create a peaceful environment where you can sit and relax while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
  • Add a Place to Sit – There are many items that would look great in your garden such as statues, fountains and birdbaths but if you don’t set aside a place for a bench or swing, you won’t have anywhere to relax and enjoy all your hard work.
  • Keep Up the Maintenance – Everything that you use in your garden will need to be cared for properly and this means regular maintenance. Clean, paint and rearrange whenever necessary to keep your garden décor looking as beautiful as the day you first put them out.

Decorating your garden should be fun but at the same time you want to achieve the best possible results and the tips and suggestions listed above can help ensure you get results you’re proud to show off.

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