The Ultimate Expert Index of Interior Decorating Guides

When you're searching for inspiration, not just on what to put in your place, but on how to actually decorate with it, the possibilities are nearly endless. There's tips and guides and suggestions, all talking about totally different approaches to totally different topics. Trying to sort your way through it all can turn into a full-time job all by itself. Well, we'd like to do something to rectify that situation and help you get right to the business (and fun) of actually designing your home. So here's our Ultimate Expert Index--sort of a guide to all of our guides, covering just about every area of home decorating, from sofas and rugs to dining tables and art. Best of all, we've broken everything down to it's simplest units--things to do and things not to do. So jump right in, and get to the good part that much faster.

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    Frequent Interior Design and Decorating Mistakes

    A professionally decorated luxury apartment

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    Walk into just about any house that hasn't been professionally decorated (and even some that have) and you're bound to see at least one of the following decorating mistakes. It's no big surprise really; there are a lot of rules when it comes to interior decorating and we all slip up now and then.

    To avoid making some of the most common decorating faux pas, check out the rules on how NOT to decorate. Just because most people make these mistakes, there's no reason why you should have to.

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    Sofa Do's and Don'ts

    Senior couple sitting and talking on a sofa

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    One of the biggest furniture investments you'll make is a sofa. Sofas cost a lot of money, they take up a lot of space, and they're where you and your family will likely spend a lot of time. So make sure you know what you're doing before you go out and buy one. Check out the sofa do's and don'ts to make sure you get the best sofa for your investment.

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    Curtain Do's and Don'ts

    A living room/study with dramatic curtains

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    Framing windows with long curtains and drapes is a great way to add glamor and personality to a room, but before you head out to the store to buy some check out the curtain do's and don'ts. 

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    Area Rug Do's and Don'ts

    An area rug occupied by the best decorating accessory, a pet

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    Area rugs are a terrific alternative to wall-to-wall carpet, namely because they're easier to remove and clean. They're also less of a commitment because they're easy to switch if you ever get bored or want to redecorate. But when it comes to using area rugs in your home there are some important rules to remember. Before buying, check out the area rug do's and don'ts.

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    Lighting Do's and Don'ts

    A collection of white bulbs hang in Thailand

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    It might not always seem like it, but lighting is one of the most important elements of a room–any room. Make sure your room is lit appropriately by following the do's and don'ts for lighting. 

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    Throw Pillow Do's and Don'ts

    Throw pillow selection has the power to transform, tie together, or overhwelm a space

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    Using throw pillows is a great way to add a little color and pattern to a room, liven up a boring sofa, or add comfort to a cozy bed. But when you're using throw pillows, there are a few important tips to remember.

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    Chandelier Do's and Don'ts

    A crystal chandelier adds light, sophistication, and ambiance to any space

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    Chandeliers are a great addition to just about any room, but knowing what size is best and how high to hang them can be tricky. Check out the chandelier do's and don'ts for all the info you need to know about decorating with these gorgeous light fixtures.

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    Artwork Do's and Don'ts

    Hanging art on your walls instantly elevates the look of any room while making it more inviting

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    There's nothing more depressing or empty looking than a blank wall. But before you start buying and hanging art, check out the do's and don'ts of artwork. 

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    Guide to His and Hers Decorating: Designing a Masculine Room

    A pink room isn't always feminine, if you incorporate more traditionally masculine elements

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    When it comes to decorating, men and women can have very different tastes. Really, any two people can have very different tastes. So if you live with someone else and you need to blend your styles, make sure you don't make the room too masculine, or not masculine enough.

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    Guide to Avoiding Common Home Staging Design Blunders

    Even orderly clutter stands when selling a home, because a well-staged house is open, free of clutter and personal objects

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    Home staging has become big business in the last few years, but the truth is, if you're selling your home you don't need to have it professionally staged. Home staging is something you can do yourself. 

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    Guide to the Best Online Home Decor Shopping

    Redecorating Step 1: start shopping for new decor online

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    Buying furniture online can be a little scary. Not being able to see items before you buy them means you can't be 100% sure of what you're getting. It can also be a big and costly hassle to return things. So before you start buying furniture online check out the online furniture shopping guide.