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Every room in a house has four walls that need to painted, wallpapered, paneled or in some way decorated in such a way that it will be a joy to spend some time in the room relaxing, or working - in the case of the kitchen or laundry room. Laundry room? Yes, the one room in the house that is invariably ignored, when it comes to decorating, as it is thought to be strictly utilitarian. Nevertheless as long as you're going to be spending a significant amount of time there washing and folding clothes, why not have a pleasant atmosphere there as well, if at all possible? But it is the walls of your living room, den or bedrooms that require the most care.



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Most people paint their walls with the desired shade. There are hundreds of different colors available these days, but chances are that thousands of people will have selected the same colors that you have. There are hundreds of different wallpaper designs available, but again, thousands of other people will have that exact same wallpaper. How can you decorate the walls of your home with something that will be unique to your home alone? The solution is the faux finish. Instead of flat walls without personality, your walls will be three dimensional works of art, which you are able to create yourself.



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If you're looking to make a homey atmosphere, than the colors you choose are essential. Base your colors on neutral earthtones, running the gamut form yellow ochres to rich chocolate browns. The faux finish gives your walls a rustic appeal, similar to the Tuscan style and contemporary furniture that is so popular. You can exture your walls with a variety of products to get the look of stucco or terracotta, to give the impression of cracked and crumbly, ancient walls. Or give them the look of pure marble! The "trompe l'oeil" (fool the eye) method provides a fantastic conversation piece for your walls - have a ceiling that looks like the Sistine Chapel, or a wall that looks as if a brick-framed fire place is set within, or that you have a window looking out over a cliff with crashing waves below.


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Mural Fantastic is one source on the web where you can acquire ideas for how to give the Tuscan look to your living room or den. They have suggestions for murals, trompe l'oeil, and faux walls. Accents of Salano is another company that provides wall treatments and tapestries for that Tuscan look. They also offer all kinds of accessories to give your home the complete look of Old Italy. The most important ones are displayed below: Make sure you coordinate the right blend of colours. For instance, yellow and purple is one opposing colour pair often applicable to modern design. Black or white with any pastel or bright colour is also very wise selection. Certain shades of red, orange, or yellow might be combined, too.


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Consider the application of a variety of different upholstery or rug patterns in the same space. For example, many individuals like to a striped sofa and floral rug in the same room. At the same time, remember not use too many clashing patterns. Be careful not to overdo the use of photographs in decorating. One or two family photos in each room are sufficient. Use contemporary frames and place them on small nightstands or armoire to add just the right touch. Consider employing a variety of materials and metals. For instance, different textures of glass, chrome, stainless, wood, platinum, or leather materials look exquisite when combined in just the right way. You could also integrate a few antique pieces in with your contemporary pieces.


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