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canine friendly home decorating

Do you have to choose between having a nice, clean home and having dogs? Is there a way to finish your home in a way that is canine friendly and still beautiful? I have struggled with this for years, but was not about to give up my dogs to have a home that I was proud to invite guests to and happy to live in. The purpose of my blog is to help other dog lovers find solutions for their home decorating and finishing problems. Here, you will find ideas of materials that can hold up very well to dogs in the house and tips for helping your dogs behave a little better in your beautiful home.

3 Interior Design Tricks to Make Your Home Beautiful

If you like to watch interior design shows on television, you might notice that when professionals are finished, the spaces are interesting, unique, and comfortable. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to create the same effects in your own home. Here are three interior design tricks to make your townhome beautiful. 

1. Mix Textures. Sometimes when people start decorating a space, they make the mistake of matching textures and sheens, figuring that a little matching will make the space more streamlined. While matching colors and textures can make a space feel more contiguous, this tactic can also make your home feel boring, which is why mixing textures is an absolute must. 

As you choose fabrics, furniture pieces, and art for your home, make a point to mix and match textures to create an interesting, unique space. Pair soft, sheen curtains with a few small iron sculptures, or add a blown glass vase to that bookshelf filled with your favorite reads. Mixing textures makes items stand out, while simultaneously giving the viewer more to look at. 

2. Use Rugs to Define Spaces. Rugs may be a great way to add color and texture to a space, but they can also help to define different rooms and make them feel more like a destination. Consider adding large area rugs in living rooms, bedrooms, or underneath your dining room table. When selecting a shape, try to mimic the dimensions of the room. For instance, round rugs look perfect in round entryways, and large rectangular versions work well in rooms of the same shape. 

3. Add Different Sources of Light. Having a single source of lighting in each room can make the space feel bland and sterilized, especially if that light is a fixed overhead version. To warm up a room and to make it easier to customize on an hour-to-hour basis, add layers of lighting varieties including everything from wall sconces and table lamps to recessed lighting chandeliers. 

If you aren't sure which style of lighting to choose for your home, take cues from existing hardware and furniture styles. For instance, industrial-style lighting looks great alongside minimalist barn décor, and ornate chandeliers lend elegance to modern spaces. 

Whatever your current home looks like now, you can create a more welcoming, beautiful space by working with a team of townhouse interior designers. Talk with specialists in your area to start exploring different design schemes, and don't forget to bring your own ideas with you to highlight your personality.