The Ultimate Home Decorating Tips Quiz

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The Ultimate Home Decorating Tips Quiz
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About This Quiz

Home decorating tips can help you make good choices for the décor of your home. Take this quiz and find out how many home decorating tips you know.
What are the three primary colors?
orange, green and purple
red, yellow and blue
Primary colors are red, yellow and blue.
white, brown and black

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For extra zing when decorating, use complimentary color combinations. What are complimentary colors?
red and green
Complimentary colors lie opposite each other on a color wheel. Red and green are complimentary colors, and when used together may add zing to your décor. FYI, during the 17th century, Isaac Newton developed the color wheel
red and orange
green and blue

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What type of new home allows home buyers the least amount of home design choices?
tract-type
Tract-type built homes give the home buyers the fewest choices.
semi-custom
custom

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What is a good way to unify the décor of several rooms?
Paint rooms the same color.
Paint rooms with different shades of a common color.
Both answers are correct.
Painting rooms the same color or different shades of the same color may create a more cohesive décor.

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Which is more important when decorating, the look of a room or the usability of a room?
look
usability
both
Form and function are both evenly important when choosing the décor of a room.

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If choosing a coffee table with function in mind, what is a good surface for withstanding beverage rings?
antique wood
laminated surfaces
Laminated or varnished surfaces will hold up against sweating glasses.
marble

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How can you instill life into old floor tiles?
regrout
Regrouting may renew the look of a tiled floor.
paint
etch

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If using a contractor, how many bids should you get?
one
three
Three bids are recommended and don't hesitate to ask for references.
five

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Is there a limit to how much you should spend on home upgrades?
The sky is the limit.
Maintain the market value price range of other homes in the area.
Do not price your home out of the neighborhood. Experts caution that if you raise the value of your home significantly above other homes in the area, it may be difficult to recoup the investment when you sell.
A general rule is 20% of market value.

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What work requires a licensed architect or designer/builder?
tile work
structural work
Structural work requires licensed professionals.
painting

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What draws and holds your attention in a room?
focal point
The focal point draws and holds your attention. A beautiful view can be used as a focal point.
bright colors
large pieces

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How far apart should you position sofas and chairs?
three feet
five feet
eight feet
Eight feet apart is the maximum , or it will be difficult to have conversations without shouting.

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What décor tip can make a bathroom seem more spa-like?
lots of glass
Lots of glass can make your bathroom seem like a spa.
plush towels
white paint

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Which color is timeless and goes with any style?
white
off-white
both
White and off-white are timeless and not the least bit boring.

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Exposed ceiling beams are what décor style?
classic
modern
country-home
Exposed ceiling beams may give a country-home feel to a living room.

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What is the most welcoming of lighting?
spotlighting
natural lighting
Natural lighting is the most welcoming. Lots of windows may make rooms feel more cheerful.
candle light

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How much light do rooms need?
100 watts for every 50 square feet.
200 watts for every 10 square feet.
200 watts for every 50 square feet.
Rooms need 200 watts for every 50 square feet of space.

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What happens to your eyes as you age?
They need less light.
They need the same light.
They need brighter light.
The eyes' pupils become less flexible and need brighter lighting.

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How much wattage can you use in light fixtures?
Go as high as you like.
The maximum is 100 watts.
You should follow the manufacturer's recommendation.
You must follow the manufacture's guideline.

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What floor plan facilitates entertaining?
small and separate living spaces
an open living room and dining room combo
A living room and dining room combo can be great for entertaining.
a separate living room and eat-in kitchen

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You Got:
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