How To Save Money When Designing Your Home's Interior

It's pretty exciting to buy a home of your own as you start to have lots of thoughts about what you are going to do in terms of decorating.  There will be so many different ideas spinning around your head and sometimes it's difficult to know what to do.  However here are perhaps some general tips when it comes to decorating your home.

Price - First of all you really want to think about the price of everything.  There's no point in buying everything you want if you then are unable to afford the mortgage repayments.  You will also want to think about the financing options that companies offer you.  Often you don't have to pay any money upfront but will you be able to pay for everything when the time comes to settle up?

Another issue about price is that many companies make their products look really great in their brochures and in their showrooms.  The result is that they look really amazing and you think that the price tag is worth it.  However there are many other companies who sell cheaper products just as good but they maybe don't present them just as well.

Durability - There are a lot of things that you can buy but they aren't necessarily that durable or suitable for the purpose.  For instance, if you are looking for basement flooring options, you should go for a hard flooring such as concrete or slate rather than wood or carpeting.

Fashion - Interior design is just as much a victim of fashion as anything else and what is really trendy today might not look quite so trendy in a few years time.  Do you really want to be lumbered with products you hate because they are no longer fashionable?  So be very careful about what's in fashion.  For instance if big bold patterns are in fashion today, you might want to avoid buying too many items like this.  Instead opt for more simple and classic items that won't date as quickly.

Although the above advice could be described as simplistic, people still make lots of mistakes when buying home accessories.  If they just sat down and thought about it a bit more they could save themselves a lot of money and hassle in the long run.

How to Choose Bathroom Window Curtains

The main aspects to look at when choosing bathroom window curtains are color, style and fabric. After that all you have to do is measure your windows accurately, buy the right size and you cannot go wrong.

Color

If you have a plain white bathroom (as most of us do these days), it is important to add some color to your room so that you can avoid it looking bland and window curtains are a great way to do that. The more neutral your bathroom (including wall tiles and floor) the more choice you have when it comes to color but if you do have to match up any fixed elements in your bathroom, take samples or spare tiles with you when you go shopping so that you can get the color of your curtains just right. If you can't do that, use a paint color chart to find the nearest color and use that. It will save endless trips back to the store with curtains which don't work.

Style

As the bathroom is such an informal room, you need window curtains which are as simple as possible. Avoid complicated headings, ruffles and flounces and choose a simple gathered or tab top heading. Bathroom curtains should be short rather than full length as this adds to the informality (and in any case you will probably find you have no room for long curtains).

Fabric

A plain or patterned cotton fabric works well for bathroom curtains or you could use a polyester cotton mix. You will need to wash your curtains frequently, so choose good quality thick fabric which will not fade or go limp after a few times in the washing machine. There are waterproof curtains available which are specially designed for bathrooms. They are easier to care for than cotton curtains as you just wipe them clean but you will find your choice in designs quite restricted compared to the range of cotton fabrics.