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Decorating A Lakeside Golf Home

You want to buy a lakeside golf home and have an idea of what you want the interior to look like but aren't exactly sure what best fits into a lake theme. When you begin your search, you ought to be prepared for decorating it. The good news about this kind of theme is one that's easy to create and can be very inexpensive because you'll find that the "less is more" approach will bring the best results.

The trick is to incorporate and accentuate the peaceful view that's right outside the windows as much as possible. You can achieve this with some materials you'll find on your own property and with a little imagination and crafts, you'll have a great interior decor to enjoy. To get started, borrow a few ideas from magazines, social media, and from other homeowners. You'll find this allows you to create something unique because you'll come-up with some of your own creative ideas.


Don't Make these Home Decorating Mistakes

Before you begin to transform your lakeside home into an inclusive theme of decor, you should know what to avoid. First and foremost, you don't want to "over do it." Any theme can be taken too far, from modest to monstrous, which includes going overboard with decorative paint. In addition to this decorating no-no, you should be smart about where you hang wall art, pictures, and other decor, which is to say, not too high.
"A lakeside home brings to mind long, lazy days spent relaxing in a setting close to nature while enjoying the company of friends and family. Rooms decorated with a lakeside theme evoke the feel of a cottage, helping you imagine a hammock swaying gently in the breeze beneath a shade tree and a wraparound porch with a water view." --San Francisco Chronicle

Lighting is a wonderful thing to have and this is where some homeowners take it a bit too far. While you should have plenty of lighting, it shouldn't be so much that it makes you feel as though you're on stage. Use dimmers if you need more lighting in a room because of its positioning away from the sun or having small windows. Speaking of windows, you shouldn't ignore window treatments, and make sure they are a complement to your decor.
Tips to Decorate a Lakeside Home

There are a few benefits to having a lakefront theme, two of which are its inexpensive and another is that it's simple to do. Here are a few tips to decorate your new home:

Bring the outdoor natural elements into your lakefront home. You can do this in a few different ways, like by taking a clear vase and filling a third of it with sand, a third with small lake stones, and the top third with larger lake stones. You can also find or create your own tree trunk end table. An old canoe, cut in two makes for a great corner bookshelf, or to showcase other kinds of decor. Adirondack-style furniture works well to give a living room a real lake themed feel. Aquatic plants native to the lake make a wonderful addition.

Hang artwork mimicking life on the water. Rustic, worn signs found around the lake are perfect to emulate or to purchase at a local antique shop or even online. These work especially well in some areas, such as laundry rooms and guest bedrooms, where they best fit-in with function. Another decorating tip is to take panoramic pictures of the lake, at different times of the day and hang them in sequence. For instance, a picture of the sun rising, then of boats launch into the water during mid-morning, and boats coming-in at dusk, with the fourth being a capture of the sun as it sets.

Throws, pillows, and area rugs. You can choose patterns such as fish, boats, or something else which have lakeside elements. Or, you can simply choose to select colors that work best with the overall color scheme of your interior theme. Use area rugs to define certain spaces, like separating the living area from the dining room. Since a lot of lakefront properties are open concept, defining each space while maintaining an open ebb-and-flow will be essential.

Repurpose old items. Old fishing rods and reels work well in corners, while an old fishing net can be hung to help separate one area from another, like from the ceiling over a chess table. An old rowboat can also be a great addition and can be hung, placed outside for curb appeal, or sawed in two and used as shelving.

One of the most important things about a lakefront home is the view and since the windows frame those views, the right treatments should be installed. They should be a compliment to the view and fit-in with the lake living theme.

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