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What home decor tricks can you learn from a trip to the museum?

Sometimes you need to look for decorating inspiration in unexpected places. For example, if you visit some beautiful statues and landmarks around the world, you may be inspired to use travertine pavers in your front yard or travertine tiles in your kitchen, as you’ll find that many gorgeous pieces of history are made out of this natural stone. Going to museums and other places that display art and historically significant items is a great way to get excited about decorating your home, and could give you ideas you never would have come up with on your own.

For example, The Denver Post recently published an article on decorating tips people can take away from a visit to the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art in Denver. According to the news source, this museum isn’t like traditional ones, because museum administrators make purchases in the same way a wise homeowner should, meaning they look for items that fit the museum’s style and increase the visual value of a space.

What you can learn
The Denver Post explained that the first decorating tip people can take away from the Kirkland Museum is that craftsmanship counts. In the museum, there are many small items that have incredible detail, which is something that you may want to look for when choosing pieces for your home. Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to furniture such as end tables in your home. Rather, you should look for smaller pieces that feature strong craftsmanship and intricate detailing.

Furthermore, the news source added that the museum teaches people that antiques can happen overnight. Often, visitors to the Kirkland will see an item and say, “I used to have one just like that,” referring to an item that’s now a part of decor history. Modern items that are well-made or interesting now will become collectors’ items faster than you think, so if you’re on the fence about a particular piece because you’re concerned that it won’t appreciate, think of all the things from the 1970s, ’80s and even ’90s that are worth so much more now than they were then, and you may reconsider.

Don’t go overboard with a museum look
While there are many interesting decorating ideas you can take away from museums, Southern Living magazine pointed out that you don’t want to make your home feel as sterile as a museum. You want to make sure that your decor’s inviting and livable, not stiff and uncomfortable. To avoid feeling like you live in a museum, Southern Living recommended going with an ivory white for your walls if you want white walls, rather than a white that’s too bold and clean-looking.

Another way to keep your home from resembling a museum is to display items in an interesting way, rather than just on an end table or shelf. For example, utilize your windowsills, spaces on your floor and every other part of your house that could use a little life.

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