With Halloween fast approaching, there’s always a rash of homeowners who completely overdo their lawn decor.  Believe it or not, there’s a way to decorate for the fall holidays without making your house look tacky.

You can start by subscribing to the old adage “Less is more”.  Two or three well placed decorations will always look better than a haphazard grouping of cheap foam tombstones.  Your decorations don’t have to span the entire length of your home, either.  Concentrating your decor to a walkway or porch will not only be easier to accomplish, but it will also create a new focal point for your property.

If you don’t want to have to worry about switching out your halloween decorations after the 31st, then you could opt for more “fall-centric” pieces like gourds and pumpkins.  Picking decorations that serve both Halloween and Thanksgiving themes will save you a lot of time in the long run.

You could also wait until a few of your neighbors put up their  decorations.  It isn’t a competition, but holding off on your decorating will give you an opportunity to see how “all out” your neighbors go.  If your neighbors put a lot of effort into their decorations, then you may even be able to borrow a few ideas from them.  It isn’t a bad thing to be a copycat….In fact, you could help to create a theme for your particular street by borrowing ideas from your neighbors.

For more Halloween and Fall decorating tips, visit http://www.bhg.com/halloween/outdoor-decorations/

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Window treatments do more than offer your home curb appeal, inviting light in or casting shade across your floors. Window treatments narrow or broaden your vision of your neighborhood. You have dozens of window treatment types to choose from. Yet, not every type will highlight the best features in your home.

Drapes and curtains are traditional window treatments and are available in a rainbow of colors and designs. Solid colors, particularly solid neutral colors like brown, beige, sky blue and white, are good because they complement many furniture styles and accessories like floral arrangements, candle centerpieces, tall greenery and weaved baskets.

Blinds – Wood, faux wood, fabric, vinyl and metal are materials that blinds are made with. Additionally, blinds come in horizontal and vertical designs. Mini blinds are more lightweight than traditional blinds. They work well with small windows. Because these blinds are thinner, they are easier to bend or damage. Therefore, it’s recommended that they be installed in rooms that young children and pets don’t frequent.

Shutters – Heavier than blinds and shades, shutters, are available in horizontal and vertical designs. It’s possible to install shutters in windows that cover a room corner. You may need to install three horizontal shutters to cover all of the windows. Hang a decorative ceiling light above the center window for an elegant look and feel.

Shades – Shades come in Roman, bamboo and roller styles. Different lift or raise options are available with shades. Unlike blinds, shades can expose your entire window when they are lifted, allowing more light inside your home. For example, you can install shades that leave the top foot of your windows exposed. Solar shades can help protect your furniture from over exposure to sun rays, keeping fabric colors vibrant.

Cord or cordless – Blinds, shades and shutters come with cords. Should you choose the cord route, make sure that you lock or tie up cords, so that children do not play with them and so that people don’t trip on the cords. You can also select cordless window treatments. Cordless window treatments may be a perfect option for children’s rooms, especially over windows that are near baby cribs.

Custom styles – Organic window treatments are environmentally safe. Other custom styles include window treatments that are cut, sewn and designed specifically for one or more rooms of your home.

Insulated window treatments – Window treatments with added insulation help to lower utility bills. Examples of these window treatments are double or triple layered shutters. Liners can also be added to drapes and curtains for added insulation.

Black window treatments help to keep light out. They can also help to reduce the amount of outside noise that penetrates a room at your house. This option works well if you’re a photographer or an artist who needs to focus and work in a quieter space. Additionally, darker colored drapes and curtains help to keep a house warmer during winter, while lighter drapes can help a house stay cooler when it’s hot outside.

Measure your windows before purchasing any window treatments. Use a tape measure or slide ruler to measure the width and height of your windows. Get measurements for the top, base and middle of each of your windows. Measurements will determine the size rods, drapes, curtains or other window treatment types that you need.

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