Pho­tos help you pic­ture that per­fect decor

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

SO you think you know what you want for your decor but can’t quite make the fi­nal de­ci­sions. If you hap­pen upon a photo of what you want, then you’ve found the an­swer to your con­cerns. See­ing your ideas set out in a room can al­lay your con­cerns about whether or not your ideas will work. Our fea­ture photo, cour­tesy of Moen, is a good ex­am­ple for me. The wall colour is very sim­i­lar to the wall colour I re­cently painted in the bath­room in our new condo. I also just hap­pened to find two ex­act bath sheets at a thrift store (brand new) in the same colours and pat­terns as the ones pic­tured here. What are the odds? your decor plans when it hits so close to home and touches on your spe­cific de­sign plans. That’s why dec­o­rat­ing mag­a­zines, web­sites and tele­vi­sion shows are so popular. They give us tons of great ideas for our own homes. You do have to sift through a lot of them be­fore you have that “light bulb” mo­ment, but when you do, it’s priceless. Whether you hap­pen upon a dra­matic colour scheme or a DIY project for your old fur­ni­ture, hav­ing a photo of the fin­ished prod­uct sure makes the choices a lot eas­ier. There is a ton of in­for­ma­tion out there to help you in your quest for a

stunning space Some­times, you have to cre­ate your own photo by us­ing pro­grams avail­able on paint sup­pli­ers’ web­sites wherein you can paint a room on the com­puter to see how your paint­colour choices will look. I used one to choose my favourite May Yel­low from Du­lux paints for our condo and found it very help­ful. Other sites, from light­ing to floor­ing, can of­fer help­ful tools for your spe­cific project and of­fer great pho­to­graphs to guide you in your search for the per­fect prod­uct for your decor. In­ter­net sites such as HGTV, Pin­ter­est, House and Home, and the list goes on, of­fer great shots of be­fore and af­ter makeovers for ev­ery­thing from kitchens to hall­ways. There is a ton of in­for­ma­tion out there to help you in your quest for a stunning space. Keep a file of pho­tos, whether on your com­puter or on pa­per, so you don’t for­get those neat lit­tle projects you hap­pen upon. You may not use them all in one project, but they are a great ref­er­ence for fu­ture projects. I per­son­ally keep a bin­der of ‘great decor ideas’ I clip from mag­a­zines. I use sheet pro­tec­tors to hold the pho­tos and have di­vided the bin­der into room sec­tions. It’s great to have a re­fresher and skim over the pho­tos ev­ery now and then. One does for­get af­ter a while when there are so many great ideas out there. I try to find such pho­tos each week for my col­umn. I look for rooms that will in­spire, teach and help read­ers en­ter­tain the thought of change. Email me if you get stuck. If I don’t have a so­lu­tion, per­haps one of my read­ers does. It’s all about shar­ing and sup­port­ing each other in the quest for a stunning space and a place to call home.

MOEN

A photo like this one can help you de­cide what colours to choose in your own re­design.

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