- Published on Tuesday, 25 December 2001 19:33
- Written by North American Precis Syndicate
This year, home decorating is inspired by the Gilded Age with a return to intricate detail, lush ornamentation and gold leaf design.
This contemporary approach to a bygone era is the newest trend making its way onto the store shelves, and by shopping smart, savvy customers will discover these rich-looking and lavish home accents without the exorbitant price tag.
"Home redecorating can be delightfully easy and affordable," says Sue Vitters, style expert for Marshalls.
"Shoppers should skim magazines and catalogs for inspiration, then maximize their decorating budget by shopping off-price."
Vitters suggests the following home decorating tips to add a romantic touch to a living room, hallway, or bedroom:
Spruce up a small wall space with an array of sconces, wood carvings and reliefs - a refreshing and attractive way to display picture frames or a vase filled with dried flowers. These classically designed architectural statements can also add an elegant touch above any door or window.
Time for a different view? Take a look at yourself in wide molded mirrors accented with beautiful wood and gold trim. When displayed on a wall, mirrors can widen the appearance of a small room.
Decorative lighting creates just the right atmosphere and sets the mood for a party or intimate gathering.
Delight your senses with an array of scented candles to match any décor. When grouped together, candles can create a bouquet of fragrance and color. They also make thoughtful and affordable gifts.
"Since your home is the only place where you have complete control over your surroundings, make it warm and inviting with the latestin home décor.
"With a great variety of low-cost designer merchandise and home accessories, there is bound to be a home decorating accent for every room in your house," says Vitters.