How to Get Your Husband Involved in Your Home Decorating

Let’s say you walk into the family room and your husband is sitting on the couch watching his favorite Sunday sports. You announce to him, “honey we need a new state-of-the-art flat screen television.” How fast do you think you’d be in the car on your way to Best Buy? Does a New York minute sound about right? Now let’s try another scenario same setting. “Honey, I think we need new drapes for the living room and while we are at it, we should get some accent pillows to match”. What do you think is response is going to be? Yep – dead silence. He’s thinking what’s in it for me? What’s this going to cost? The benefits of a new television are completely different than the benefits of new drapes. He’s thinking about how versatile and inexpensive sheets can be. What he doesn’t know is, it will cost less to buy the drapes than the flat screen, especially by shopping on the Internet, but he won’t get it. It’s not his passion. Don’t despair; you can get his support with the right approach.

We don’t like paying for stuff when we can’t figure out how the price was calculated. Everyone hates to overpay, but a man’s ego can be crushed if they get taken. Hiring a decorator can scare a guy more than the IRS. The decorating world has a tendency to be unaccountable. It’s difficult to compare pricing with private label fabrics and unknown labor rates and hourly fees. You don’t get to know the final price until the decorator has been in your home two or three times over a few weeks. They befriend you over the weeks, comment on your lovely children and become part of the “family”. When you get hit with the price, it can be a very uncomfortable situation with your new best friend – sorry I mean your decorator. As a husband, the last thing I want to hear is that “it seems expensive, but I really like her”.

You can go the retail route. I am sure your husband is dying to spend his weekends in home decor retail stores. Retail can mean a few visits to the store and visits by the retailer’s measuring people to your home. It can be very time consuming. You ever see those guys sitting on benches outside the stores? Yep, drape shopping.

Let’s face it; you are never going to make him passionate about drapes. The ridicule approach is not going to get it done. Comments about not being fully evolved and knuckle dragger won’t inspire a love for fabric and drapes. Don’t tell him how your friend’s husband was very involved when she decorated her home. You know where that’s going. So if you can’t criticize or bagger him into submission, what do you do? Here are some suggestions based on being a guy who believes the screen isn’t big enough or flat enough!

1. Be up front and tell him that you are going to do the drapes in the living room. Let him know you are 100% committed to looking at alternative ways to do this project. Your goal is to have beautiful drapes made without eating into his weekends and overpaying. Tell him that thousands of people are successfully using the Internet to decorate their homes and you are going to do all the initial research. However, you want his help to pick the right drape style and the right fabric. Let him know that all the pricing on the Internet is known right up front without any sales pressure. No scary end of job hourly time bills and no comments on how lovely your children are.

2. Start your Internet research. Do a Google search on “Custom Window Treatments” and check out the companies. Look at the drape styles. Narrow the choice down to two or three styles. Look at the fabrics you like and price out your drapes. Print out the detail with the prices and show them to your husband. Pick the right time. Don’t try to get his attention when the game is going into double overtime. Trust me, he will appreciate knowing the price up-front and in all likelihood start to embrace the process. Ask for his help in deciding on the drape style. Get his input on the fabrics you are considering.

3. There is a measuring component to the project. You should print out the measuring instructions. Get your husband’s help measuring. It is his chance to put on his tool belt and strut his handyman stuff. “Step aside Miss while I take care of this”. It’s okay to tell him that when it comes to measuring, he is second to none. Did I mention that we have huge egos and love to hear how great you think we are?

4. Look though the thousands of fabrics on-line. Narrow it down to your color, style and texture you prefer. Order free swatches. Don’t order too many, it just makes the process more confusing. Once the swatches arrive, immediately eliminate the ones that don’t work for you. Don’t show your husband any fabric you hate because that’s the one he’ll love. Work together to decide on the final choice. Don’t accept the “you make the choice” typical husband position. It’s better to get his opinion now rather than when the drapes arrive. Believe it or not, sometimes men can be a little insensitive. He could walk in the room when the drapes arrive and say something completely manly and insulting like “at least the measuring is right”. If you carefully engage your husband in this process, just for a second, imagine if he picks a fabric you love and you can say, “Wow, you have great taste, that’s the exact one I was leaning towards”. We are talking dinner date with that kind of talk.

So imagine, your husband being completely supportive and involved in the process. He didn’t have to deal with a decorator and the unknown. He didn’t have to spend his weekends in a retail home decor store. You both completed a great project together and you saved a lot of time and money in the process.

Jazzing Up Your Home With the Best Home Decor Products

Updating the interiors of your home need not be expensive. Very often, just adding a couple of home decor pieces at the home is enough to feel new and to build interest. In addition, it can even lift the moods of people living around it. However, for a complete renovation or for complete redecoration, one needs to note down several things and come up with unique home decor ideas. Nowadays, this task is no big deal with limitless on-line stores and designers helping you in innumerable ways and at affordable costs.

There are various tips for decorating home with some of the best home decor products and creative thoughts in mind. Let us quickly look at some of the innovative ideas which one can apply in their sweet homes and get a vibrant look for their surroundings.

1. Bold Prints: There are many recommendations made by experts, and one which can be easily afforded by all is using bold prints in the form of chairs, cushions, bed sheets and wall arts. It is much simpler to purchase the bold fabrics and create a fashionable side in any corner or any room of your house. Contrasting colors make an energetic space.

2. Adding mirrors: It is a new idea and works great in halls, dining rooms, waiting areas and any small or big spaces. A beautiful illusion can be created with mirrors and one can be a huge sized room leading from one to another. You can find the mirrors at home decor on-line sites and it is your choice to select the right size of frame.

3. Lights: If you wish to have a bright colors space then including lights can be a great idea indeed. Having a dramatic setting in the home just using simple lights can transform the look of the space and make it classy. Some of the home decor products related to lighting you can find on-line are floor lanterns, table lamps, pendants, accent lamps and lots more. Lights under ceilings and in corners can also make a sophisticated ambiance.

4. Curtains: It is the most common and inexpensive way to decorate the house. If you wish to renovate your house quickly then just bring new bright color curtains and vibrant shades for every windows of the home. Long sized and dark shades are mostly preferred. The home can get a luxurious setting with the best curtains chosen.

It is the Internet era, and one can come across numerous home decor stores on-line selling products and helping people with ideas. But the question is, how to choose the best site? Start with going through the top home decor sites and check out the products and services offered. Next, you can review the sites and check the ratings given by the customers. Moving on, you can purchase a small item and check how the service is. Based on these points, you can make a judgment whether the site is truly best or not