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15 common interior design and decorating mistakes

BillingsGazette.com | Designers see many of the same decorating “don’ts” over and over in people’s homes. The mistakes often stem from a fear of making a design mistake in the first place.

We consulted with designers in the American Society of Interior Designers Missouri East chapter to find out how to prevent decorating mistakes that can be costly and unsightly. Here are some common mistakes, and their tips for how to avoid making them:

Painting the walls before choosing furnishings: People tend to fall in love with a paint color they want to design a room around, said Catherine Geyer of Catherine Geyer Designs in St. Louis. But, while you can mix infinite paint colors, you can’t mix a fabric color. It can be more difficult to find upholstery, fabrics and accessories in a very specific shade than to have a paint color customized to what you’ve purchased, Geyer said. Continue reading 15 common interior design and decorating mistakes

Create a small home theater in any room with these 5 tips

Most people think they have to overhaul a sprawling basement or game room in order to create a true home theater experience. But that’s certainly not the case. You can create a true home theater, a room that lets you escape from the outside world and immerse yourself in top-notch audio and larger-than-life video in so much as a spare room. Kid leaving for college this summer? Boom! You’ve got a home theater. Have an extra room over the garage? Boom, a home theater. Is that spacious utility/mud room room really necessary? Boom goes the dynamite, you have a home theater. We relied on the expertise of guest blogger Glenn Thomas, owner and technician of REEL HOME Theater, one of whose specialties is creating small home theaters in any room. Here, he gives us his five tips from the front lines for doing just that. Glenn also offers up one of his favorite equipment lists for smaller rooms and budgets. Continue reading Create a small home theater in any room with these 5 tips